Located in Weston, Massachusetts,The Rivers School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12.
Rivers faculty challenge students to attain their highest levels of excellence in academics, arts, and athletics. We set high standards and expect students to participate actively in their learning. Guided by our motto of "Excellence with Humanity," we cultivate a caring, respectful, and collaborative environment that encourages student performance, including demonstration of logical thought, informed and articulate voice, diverse perspectives, creative vision, and integrity. Rivers is dedicated to preparing its students for leadership in a world that needs their talents, imagination, intellect, and compassion.
We believe that excellence in education and social development requires a diverse, inclusive and socially responsible community. To that end, we seek students, trustees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and provide opportunities for a broad range of experiences and viewpoints. As a community, we encourage students and adults to value themselves, celebrate differences, promote mutual respect, and participate with confidence and courage in a global society.
Rivers Facts 2015-2016:
- 489 students from 70 Massachusetts towns
- 6:1 student/teacher ratio
- Average class size: 12 students
- 38 honors and Advanced Placement courses
- Median SAT Reading: 640; Median SAT Math: 670; Median SAT Writing: 650; Median ACT: 31
- 26% of student body receives financial assistance
- 18% of student body are individuals of color
- Rivers sends a cohort to the People of Color Conference, the Diversity Leadership Institute, the Multicultural Teaching Institute, and the AISNE Diversity Conference each year
Rivers graduates are currently attending Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, MIT, Columbia, Princeton, Duke, Georgetown, Cornell, Northwestern, Washington University, Wesleyan, Hamilton, Colby, Bates, Tufts, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Boston College, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Wellesley, Carnegie-Mellon, New England Conservatory of Music, and other outstanding four-year colleges and universities.
In 2015, 135 Rivers students took 278 AP exams in 21 subjects. Eighty-three percent of the grades were 4s and 5s. Ninety-seven percent were 3 and above.
In Fall 2014, eight students received National Merit honors and one was named a National Merit Scholar.
In September 2003, Rivers added a unique Conservatory Program to the Upper School Program.