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

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked DC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-3
  • Students: 220 students
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10 / rolling

Top Rankings

The River School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in District Of Columbia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-3
Year Founded
1999

Student Body

Total Students
220 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
The River School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
95%
Average Class Size
14 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 10 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $12,850 (preschool, 2 mornings) to $37,800 (K-Grade 3)
% on Financial Aid
27%
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Megan Campbell
Admissions Associate
Nicky David
Endowment Size
$2.2 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked DC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-3
  • Students: 220 students
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Washington, DC is $26,533 for elementary schools and $29,688 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Washington, DC is 69% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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