The River School

  • The River School is dedicated to nurturing children 18 months through Grade 3 through a premier, personalized education.
  • The school`s one-of-a-kind inclusion model pairs a master`s level educator and a speech-language pathologist in each classroom, and focuses on language, literacy and social development.
  • Classroom practice emphasizes experiential and collaborative learning, using thematic curriculum to seamlessly integrate literacy, math, science, drama, music, visual arts, PE and yoga.  Student-Teacher Ratio: 5:1

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-3
Year Founded1999

Student Body

Total Students220 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade The River School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $12,850 (preschool, 2 mornings) to $37,800 (K-Grade 3)
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMegan Campbell
Admissions AssociateNicky David
Endowment Size$2.2 million


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBadmintonBasketball,
Indoor SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Chess, Cooking, Destination Imagination (STEAM), Lego Robotics, River Art, Spanish with Language Stars, Textiles, Tinkering

School Notes

  • The River School is dedicated to children 18 months through Grade 3.
  • The school`s innovative educational model pairs a master`s level educator and a speech language pathologist in each classroom, and focuses on language, literacy and social development. 
  • Classroom practice emphasizes experiential and collaborative learning, using thematic curriculum to seamlessly integrate literacy, math, science, drama, music, art, physical education and yoga.
  • The River School`s unique inclusion program is internationally acclaimed. Most students (85% or more) are children with normal hearing; each classroom includes a few children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants or hearing aids. The teaching team supports all of the children in the classroom, with every student greatly benefiting from the rich educational experience.
  • The River School is located in northwest Washington DC, west of Georgetown and convenient to the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. It offers the advantages of a neighborhood setting with a public library, shopping and parks nearby.

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  • Washington
    Grades: PK-3 | 401 students
    1.7 miles
    3500 Woodley Road NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    1.7 PK-3
  • Washington
    Grades: PK-8 | 225 students
    5.3 miles
    210 South Carolina Avenue SE
    Washington, DC 20003
    5.3 PK-8
  • Washington
    Grades: PK-8 | 338 students
    5.7 miles
    1640 Kalmia Road NW
    Washington, DC 20012
    5.7 PK-8
  • Washington
    Grades: K-12 | 650 students
    2.1 miles
    3000 Cathedral Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    2.1 K-12
  • Washington
    Grades: NS-6 | 293 students
    2 miles
    4121 Nebraska Ave Nw
    Washington, DC 20016
    2 NS-6

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