Riverview School

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Basic Information

Address: 551 MA-6A East Sandwich, MA 02537
County: Massachusetts
Phone Number: 508-888-0489
Fax Number: 508-833-7001
President: Head of School, Stewart Miller
School Type: Co-Educational Boarding & Day Program

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Additional Information

Founded: 1957
Ages/Grades: 6-12, post graduate
School Setting:

Located in East Sandwich, on beautiful Cape Cod, Riverview sits on 16 acres and is within walking distance to the beaches along Cape Cod Bay. Our school is approximately 10 minutes to the Sagamore Bridge, 75 minutes to Boston and 70 minutes to Providence. Riverview offers a residential and day program as well as a six-week residential and day summer program. Our school is committed to developing student competence and confidence in academic, social, and independent living skills. Our post high school students have the unique opportunity to learn and practice vocational skills to prepare them for real world job placement at local businesses including the school run Riverview Cafe and Second View thrift Shop located just a mile down the road from the main campus. Health and wellness are a top priority in our community and our students have access to a 40,000 sq.ft. wellness center, complete with a basketball court, second level walking track, spin studio, boxing studio, group fitness room, yoga/meditation room and fitness equipment as well as staff fitness instructors. We also have a nutrition center where students can learn healthy cooking and eating habits lead by staff nutrition instructors.
The arts are another area where our students can shine. We encourage all of our students to participate in drama, chorus, music or fine arts. Riverview School is a community that values and celebrates diversity as essential to the experience of our students, staff and community. We embrace and respect differences, including but not limited to: race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, cultural heritage, educational background, and of course learning styles. As a community that aspires to reflect and prepare our students for the increasingly diverse world, Riverview supports and nurtures the whole child and their full identity.

School Size: 198
Classroom Size: average 6-8 students per class
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Tuition:

97,530 (tuition, room & board)

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Riverview has a transition specialist on staff to support students and families prepare to transition out of Riverview and into the next phase of their lives.

Camp Programs: No
Summer School: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Admissions Deadline: Rolling admissions, we are always accepting applications
Mission Statement:

Students who enroll at Riverview are friendly, caring, and eager students with complex learning challenges. They thrive here as they experience typical adolescent and young adult academic, extra-curricular, and social pursuits.

Riverview students have life-changing experiences in an environment that is designed to embrace them completely. They make friends. They gain a deep feeling of connection to others. Self-esteem flourishes. Students become resilient and redefine themselves. They come into their own.

At Riverview School, we believe in each child’s potential. Riverview is a place where students belong, and where they develop the tools and skills necessary to become all they can be.

Riverview School's Commitment to Diversity, Equality, Inclusiveness and Accessibility (DEIA):

Riverview School is a community that values and celebrates diversity as essential to the experience of our students, staff and community. We embrace and respect differences, including but not limited to: race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, cultural heritage, educational background, and of course learning styles. As a community that aspires to reflect and prepare our students for the increasingly diverse world, Riverview supports and nurtures the whole child and their full identity.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Riverview School, an independent coeducational boarding/day school, provides a caring community for adolescents and young adults with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities. The School is committed to developing student competence and confidence in academic, social and independent living skills.

Educational Philosophy of Riverview School

• Adolescents/young adults with disabilities versus disabled adolescents/young adults
• Typical, age-appropriate extracurricular and social experiences
• Emphasis on the whole child
• Caring, structured and predictable living/learning environment
• Respect and appreciation of different learning styles, interests and talents
• Emphasis on developing self-determination and personal best
• Encouragement to take risks with learning
• Understanding of learning disabilities and strategies needed for success
• Research-validated instructional techniques
• Thematic, integrated instruction
• Real life opportunities for generalization of skills
• Direct and individualized instruction for academics, independent living, friendships and social skills
• Promotion of resilience and lifelong learning
• Cultivation of a learning community for all

School History:

Riverview School was founded in 1957 by Mr. William Janse, a visionary educator who believed that students with learning challenges could realize their potential. He and his partner, Mr. Burgess Butler, opened a summer camp on a 5-acre tract that was later expanded into the present 16-acre campus. The camp was so successful that it evolved into a school established under its original name, Hopefields School.

During the late 1960s, Riverview established a long-term relationship with the Learning Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Groundbreaking work in tailored academic programming and social skill building for individuals with disabilities was developed on Riverview's campus.

Over the ensuing decades, programs to facilitate independent living skills for our students have included the initiation of a transition program (for students ages 17-21), Getting Ready for the Outside World (GROW). The program formed an alliance with Cape Cod Community College to offer a college experience to students. Our music, arts, dance, and drama programming has also been greatly expanded to demonstrate our commitment to developing the whole student.

Today, we serve students ages 11 to 21 with language, learning and intellectual disabilities from 23 states and 9 foreign countries as well as the Cape Cod community.