The River School

4880 MacArthur Boulevard Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-3554

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-3 240 students 4 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

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About this school

The River School is a private elementary school in Washington. The principal of The River School is Nancy Mellon, Head of School, whose e-mail is 240 students attend The River School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at The River School is 4:1. Our Lady of Victory School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% %
Asian 7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Fantastic in every aspect! I have gotten to watch my niece first hand & the changes have been phenomenal! Thank you to all the teachers and staff for all that you do!

  • (1 year ago)

    Exceptional combination of competence and nice people at River. They teach our kids hard skills as we'll as social and skills that make them good people. Skills such as empathy will be critical toe kids future success in their personal and professional lives

  • (2 years ago)

    I love the education that River School has provided my two children. We have been attending River School since 2007 and have watched my kids grow through each academic program. They have been loved as students and encouraged to become independent learners and thinkers. Not only have they pushed my kids to excel at reading writing and math they have also developed their problem solving skills. Starting in Kindergarten they have been reading several grade levels above their grade writing essays as well as stories and completing word problems in math. Most of all I love the fact that my child is being taught by a masters level educator (some even have 2 masters degrees) and a masters level speech and language pathologist.

  • (3 years ago)

    I recently visited this site and was glad to read that someone wrote a review of The River School that I can agree with. Good daycare but weak academics in the school age program. I wish I had pulled my child out of the school after Kindergarten. My child was not ready for the academics of 4th Grade. In my experience administration were unresponsive to my concerns and seemed more interested in play activities for 3rd Graders.

  • (3 years ago)

    The River School provides a good pre-school environment. Unfortunately the administration of the school consists of people who lack experience in school administration and their incompetency inhibits any potential for a decent school age program. The result is a school age curriculum that lacks academic strength low enrollment and a high turnover of staff and shockingly unprepared Fourth Grade students. The school should scrape the school age program and concentrate on continuing to provide quality daycare.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our son is attended River school for three years. This is a dazzlingly good school with an exceptionally low ratio of students to teachers. My son is never been in a class with more than 12 children and two teachers. Most classes also have a student intern making the effective ratio for students to one teacher. We couldn't be happier with the growth we've seen from our son since he started attending River school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm amazed to see anything negative about this school. My son has been there 2 years and I think it is so amazing I can't even put it into words. The Director is truly an inspiration- I look to her for guidance on all things education-related. The programming is so out of the box and my son's development is outstanding I attributed much of it to the school environment. Aside from that it's been a really nice community for my husband and I. I considered leaving DC before we started this school and it's made me feel so rooted I've decided to stay for the long haul.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school. The teachers have been great and the parent/teacher communication is second to none. We have been very pleased with the development of our son. The quality of education has been equal and in some ways better than our other childen that go to somewhat better known schools. Nancy is a wonderful Head of School and has addressed any issues we have had personally. The River school is one of the best kept secrets in DC. private schools.

  • (9 years ago)

    This six year-old private school expanded rapidly and successfully during its first years. Its early success contributed to the overbearing pride of members of the school administration who now give more attention to growth and expansion while ignoring obvious problems related to the quality of education communication and support network of information to families as established by its mission and objectives. Communication skills of some teachers and director of programs are shockingly poor. School administration is oblivious to problems in the classrooms and does not promote parent evaluation of teachers and director. A comprehensive evaluation of the school and staff is long overdue.

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