Riverbend School

Located in Natick, MA, Riverbend School is a dynamic learning community where students ages 15 months - grade 8 are excited to come to school each day.
Here, children are inspired to take risks, reach new levels of achievement, and become confident, self-motivated learners for life.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded2010

Student Body

Total Students210 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Riverbend School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes$19,800 - $29,700. Applicants are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance.
Admissions DirectorLynn Shevory


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsArchery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Martial Arts, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballArcheryBadminton,
Cross CountryDance,
Flag FootballMartial Arts,
SoccerUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Basketball Teams, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Fencing Club, gymnastics, Minecraft Club, Plays and Musicals, Soccer Club, Yoga Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Music Lessons, Pottery, Stage Band

School Notes

Riverbend School formed in 2010 from the merger of Eliot Montessori School (1971-2010) and Natick Montessori (2000-2010). We serve  212 students from 15 months through 8th grade in Natick, MA.

  • 4.5:1 Toddler
  • 9:1 Primary
  • 10:1 Elementary
  • 11:1 Middle School
  • Our 12,500 square foot "green" Children`s House at 33 Eliot Street opened in 2014. It is home to our Toddler, Primary, and Kindergarten programs, and its five acre lot includes a playground and outdoor garden/play spaces for each classroom.
  • Our Upper School, located on the banks of the Charles River, is home to our Elementary and Middle Schools. Facilities include a newly built school house (opened in 2020) for Upper Elementary and Memorial Hall at 40 Eliot Street, as well as a new gymnasium and outdoor quad space, playground, athletic fields, and picnic area.

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School Reviews

In the Riverbend Middle School, Fridays are mainly dedicated to community service. Being involved in the community has always been a large part of Montessori education; there are two main community service events on Fridays that middle school students are required to participate in. Firstly, each middle school student is required to help out in a classroom somewhere in the school for 45 minutes. Secondly, after lunch they walk to the Natick Community Organic Farm to volunteer for three hours. In this way the Middle School is involved in both the Riverbend and Natick communities.Helping others and being involved in the community is a large part of Montessori education. Maria Montessori once said that "The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction" (Maria Montessori). This quote is the essence of community service at Riverbend. Loving your surroundings and working to make life better for people around you is the reason we do community service. Seeing everyone working together to teach younger children or feed animals is heartwarming. I can`t help but think Maria Montessori would be proud.Every Friday, we go to different classrooms including D-Lab, Upper Elementary, Art, Lower Elementary and the Children`s House. Most people go in pairs, although some work individually. I asked Luke (a current 7th grade student) about how it feels to help out in your school community and he said "It feels great to know that you`re helping people and building a stronger community" (Luke H). Luke works in the art room with Mr. Jacob, and he says that "It`s a really great bonding experience. You spend a lot of time with [the teacher you are working with] and your partner, if you`re working with a partner" (Luke). The Community Outreach program is a great opportunity to be a part of the larger Riverbend community; working with your peers and adults is satisfying, educational and empowering. After lunch we go to farm, which is hard work, but fun because you get to work with your classmates. Luke says he enjoys farm, and working with his peers. "I hear people say they don`t like farms and I`m like, why? Farming is amazing!" (Luke). Farm is definitely one of the most exciting activities in the week; getting outside for three hours and working with animals is a peaceful time in an often busy schedule, and it is no wonder most people enjoy it. The farmer says he is grateful for our help and loves being able to teach us about what he loves to do. "There is always more work that has to be done on a farm- extremely helpful to have volunteers to do some of it" (Farmer Dan). Working with someone who is excited to educate us makes the experience even more pleasant. Many of the tasks we are given at farm are difficult, but working as a team with our peers makes them extremely enjoyable. Middle school Fridays are extremely satisfying, because you can participate in two community service events. Maria Montessori would love to see how well Middle schoolers work with their peers to enhance the community. Helping out teachers around the school gives you a feeling of empowerment and helpfulness, and working at farm gives students an unforgettable experience: being part of a team. Doing both in one day makes it so that when you go home, you feel that you actually made a difference in your community. I hope it continues to be that way, students working together in the community, because that really is what Montessori learning is about.
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