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River Valley Charter School is a charter middle school in Newburyport. The principal of River Valley Charter School is Dale Bishop, whose e-mail is RVCSchool@comcast.net. 288 children attend River Valley Charter School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 0% of the 288 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at River Valley Charter School is 15:1. Rupert A Nock Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% 89%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are amazing and the children learn by doing. Hands on work reinforces what they learn making learning a fun experience with life lessons interwoven. It's a magical amazing place!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our two children have attended River Valley for the past four years. They are thriving here and love to go to school. Students are allowed to learn and develop at their own pace so our kids have stayed engaged and their self-esteem has flourished. Our wonderful teachers are involved both academically and in the social learning that is so important in these years. While performance on state tests is not the driving focus of our school students do better on the state tests the longer they attend the school. Note that Great Schools ranks River Valley an 8 for grades 5 - 8. Our middle school transitions students from Montessori to a more traditional school environment to prepare students for high school. We are lucky to have this educational option available to our five local communities.

  • (4 years ago)

    RVCS is an exceptional community of students teachers staff parents and grandparents working together to demonstrate by example as well as by academic discipline what it means to be a thinking caring and working member of a world beset with environmental economic and dysfunction. It is a great school and it is a pleasure to volunteer there. FZGoldberg

  • (4 years ago)

    RVCS is a kind peaceful and safe public charter Montessori school that provides a rigorous educational environment. My 1st grader loves to go to school everyday.

  • (4 years ago)

    River valley Charter school allows children to be themselves. My children have not lost their natural curiosity creativity and zest for life while still loving school and all that it has to offer. We are also a very caring community where the entire family is a member.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are the first public charter Montessori school in our state. We have shown that alternative education can be powerful and successful. We have demonstrated our success through test scores and happy well-informed students. We have shown active commitment to our community. Hurray for RVCS!

  • (4 years ago)

    The River Valley Charter School has incredibly devoted teachers. The children are responsible for their own learning so they become actively involved in their studies. Children are self motivated and are genuinely excited about school. Grace and Courtesy are added bonuses in the curriculum.

  • (4 years ago)

    RVCS showed my kids the larger world beyond their neighborhood. They were allowed to nurture their creative talent. They are amazing students people and citizens of the world!

  • (4 years ago)

    It The River Valley Charter School is an amazing place that emphasizes experiential learning. The children work collaboratively and learn at their own pace. My children have both graduated but credit their success in their current schools to their RVCS background.

  • (4 years ago)

    River Valley Charter School brings montessori education public. Our students have a unique environment that allows for experiential learning via field trips and visitors to our school. We have top scores in testing for the state and have a community of dedicated families.

  • (4 years ago)

    River Valley is Public Montessori at it's finest. Children in K-8 get a fantastic education from dedicated teachers and staff. The school hums with activity that I wished I had as a kid!

  • (4 years ago)

    A Montessori education in a public school with fantastic parental involvement peace education and an emphasis on community service.

  • (5 years ago)

    My two girls attend the RVCS and my wife and I feel blessed. It is by far one of the greatest gift we have been fortunate enough to have given our children.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child was floundering in her previous school setting. At River Valley she was able to reach her potential. The instructors raised the expectation level for what her was capable of learning. Parents are expected to volunteer 40 hours annually at RVCS most families do more. Music art and movement are woven into the many classroom lesson plans but the students receive a weekly encounter with a specialist in these areas. The school does lack a second language offering to the student during the school day and sports teams are unavailable at this time but RVCS does try to offer these items after school for a small fee. The staff and educators look at the whole child which I find so important. Multi-age classrooms allows the lessons to be reinforced each years and different levels for different age levels in the class.

  • (9 years ago)

    We left the Triton District after many problems. We have been at River valley for 5 years and wish this school had been around for our older son. The staff is a cut above other schools!

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