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Admissions

Making Riverview home.

Application

It's always a good time to apply to Riverview School.

Riverview is currently accepting students for 2019 fall and winter wait lists and welcomes applications for the 2019 summer program and 2019-2020 school year. We have rolling admissions, which means we accept applications and enroll on an ongoing basis.

Step 1.

To learn more about Riverview School and get in touch with an Admissions Representative, please fill out our Inquiry Form

Step 2.

At the conclusion of step 1, you will be contacted by an Admissions Associate, and asked to fill out our Application

Step 3.

Once we receive your application, a two-day visit for day students or a three-day (including 2 night overnight) visit for boarding is required. A decision will be made within a week after the visit.

Who should apply?

Finding the Right Fit

Riverview School places a great deal of importance on the appropriateness of a candidate’s total application, the number of male and female openings in each grade and dorm, and in ensuring a good fit between the applicant and students who are currently enrolled.

Middle & High School: Students ages 12–19, grades 6–12 and
Post-High School Transition Program: Students ages 17–22

If your child meets the following criteria, he or she may be a candidate for Riverview:

  • Diagnosed language, learning and cognitive disabilities
  • Desires to make friends and is interested in forming relationships with others
  • Seeks typical teenage opportunities such as playing on sports teams, participating in drama, music, art and student government, attending dances, etc.
  • Responds well to a structured, supportive, predictable environment
  • Capable of greater success in the academic environment
  • Has mastered basic daily living skills and personal hygiene
  • Mild medical issues that complicate—but not compromise—daily activities
  • WISC or WAIS scores between 65–90

Please Note: The typical Riverview School student is often described as gentle, friendly and naïve. Therefore, students demonstrating a history of emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorders, those requiring a therapeutic environment, are not able to be considered.

If you feel Riverview may be appropriate for your child, please provide us with the information listed in the Admission Procedures. You may also contact us with any questions you may have.

Learn More

Please take a moment to fill out this brief inquiry form.

Upon receipt, one of our admissions representatives will get in touch with you to learn more about your child and determine next steps.

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Frequently asked questions

Parent FAQs

What happens after I submit the application packet?

The information will be reviewed within 7 – 10 days of receipt. If we feel that we may be able to meet your child’s needs, the next step is an on-campus interview and a day or overnight visit. A letter will be sent to you asking you to contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment.

Do you conduct interviews on weekends?

Admissions appointments are scheduled Monday – Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Who will we meet with?

You will meet with Nancy Hopkins, Director of Admissions, Megan Sharpe, Admissions Associate, and/or Lauren Spencer, Admissions Associate. Your meeting will take place in the Admissions Office located in the James Center.

Will my child be tested during the interview?

No formal testing is done on the day of your visit. You can relax and enjoy your visit. This is an opportunity for us to get to know your child better and vice versa. We would encourage both you and your child to bring your own list of questions.

How long will the interview take?

The interview will last an hour.

Will we be given a tour of campus?

Upon arriving to campus, you will be given a tour of campus -classrooms and dorms - and meet the students and staff.

How much time is required of the parents?

After the tour and interview has concluded, and if everyone is comfortable and in agreement, your child will start the program and participate in all aspects of our program just as if he or she were a fully enrolled student. This is where parents say good-bye and enjoy the rest of their stay on Cape Cod. Parents will be asked to pick up their child at 5:00 p.m. the next day. The tour and interview take approximately 2 1/2 hours.

When will we know the outcome of our child’s visit?

Information from your child’s visit is collected from his academic and residential team. The information is reviewed by the Admissions Committee and a decision regarding acceptance is usually made within a week of the visit. A letter is sent to the family informing them of the decision.


Student FAQs

What classes will I see?

You will be placed on an academic team with students in your grade. These classes are not individualized for visiting students; rather, they should give you an idea of what our classes are like.

What types of questions will I be asked?

Describe your school day--grade, schedule, homework. Describe the responsibilities you have at home--room care, self care, cooking, laundry, pets, etc. Tell us about your friends and interests. Have you ever had a job? What frustrates you?

Will I shadow another student?

We do assign “buddies” to students.

Where will I sleep?

Students who visit are placed in a dormitory with approximately 12 other students; 2 students to a room. Since you are visiting, we place a rolling bed into a room with 1 or 2 other students.

What is the food like?

In the Middle & High School, we offer a variety of nutritious food at each meal to appeal to all teenagers. Breakfast is made by our chefs and brought up to the dorms by students. Each dorm is equipped with a kitchen, so other breakfast options are available. Lunch and dinner are served in our dining room where a salad bar, fresh fruit and homemade soups are options in addition to the main meal. In the GROW transition program, students prepare their own individual breakfast, eat lunch on campus at the GROW Café and prepare dinner as a small group in their residence.

Should I bring a cell phone?

We encourage students to stay in touch with their families during your overnight visit. Cell phones are allowed on campus, but are not to be used during the school day.

Tuition

Financial Information 2018–19

 
Program Tuition Deposit
Summer (Day) $5,735 $2,000
Summer (Residential) $9,400 $2,500
 
School Year (Day) $50,747 $7,000
School Year (Residential) $87,069 $8,000

Financial Assistance

Riverview utilizes the School and Student Service for Financial Aid in Randolph, MA, in the analysis of applications for financial aid. While the aid program is modest, it does provide some assistance to those families who demonstrate clear financial need. For information about financial aid, loan programs or if your child receives third party funding, please contact Richard Dalrymple, Director of Finance, at rdalrymple@riverviewschool.org or 508-888-0489 ext 214.

For most of our families, Riverview’s tuition, fees and related costs, such as transportation, may be fully tax-deductible as a medical expense. This reduces the effective cost to families by thousands of dollars each year. Individual circumstances will vary, so please consult your individual tax advisor regarding this deduction.

Use of Section 529 plans to pay tuition

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 contains a provision that allows use of Section 529 savings to pay for private K–12 education up to $10,000 per year, per child starting in 2018. Establishing and funding a Section 529 plan can provide significant tax benefits. See your investment advisor and accountant for more information.

Visit Riverview

Visitor Information

Information Sessions and Tours are designed for parents and professionals. They begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Admissions staff welcome visitors to our campus, and introduce guests to our Middle & High School (grades 6-12) and GROW (Getting Ready for the Outside World) Transition Program in a presentation, followed by a Q&A session and a tour. Please sign up with Kathie Roche by sending an email to admissions@riverviewschool.org or by calling 508-888-0489 ext. 206

Contact

Get in Touch

Riverview School is dedicated to supporting students, parents, and families. Please reach out to our Admissions Office with questions about the admissions process, whether Riverview is right for your student, or any other inquiries you may have.

Location

Riverview School
Attn: Admissions Office
551 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA 02537

Phone

508-888-0489

Email

admissions@riverviewschool.org

Learn More

For information about applying to Riverview, contact our admissions team or learn more here

Take the First Step