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Upcoming News & Events
  • March 30, 2018
    Now Enrolling for Riverview Summer Program!

    Riverview is now enrolling students for our Summer Program, taking place from July 8 to Aug. 10, 2018. The Riverview Summer Program is a five-week, co-educational experience, full of adventures, activities, academics, independent living and social skills, and fun!
    Riverview Summer offers two distinctly different programs for different age groups: Middle & High School (ages 12–18) and the Post-High School (ages 18–22) transition program, all staffed by experienced faculty from Riverview’s school year program. Learn more at Riverview Summer Program

  • April 20, 2018
    Information Session & Tour

    Come see us for yourself! Want to learn more about our programs and see our students in action? Register for an upcoming Information and Tour.

    Riverview School’s Information Sessions and Tours are designed for parents and professionals. They begin at 9:00am and conclude at 11:30am and are held several times a month. Admissions staff welcomes 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 campus, where you’ll meet students and staff along the way. Please register to attend by emailing admissions@riverviewschool.org or by calling 508-888-0489 ext. 206

    Upcoming Information Sessions
    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • Friday, May 25, 2018
    • Friday, June 1, 2018
    • Friday, June 8, 2018
  • May 5, 2018
    Alumni Jam Concert - New Date and Time!

    We would LOVE to see you!

    Lund Auditorium

    Come enjoy some fun music by our Alumni band, and reconnect with old classmates for a fun filled afternoon of great tunes, laughter, and high-fives!

  • June 15, 2018
    Save the Date! Village of Dreams Gala

    Founded in 1998, the Village of Dreams Gala is an evening where over 350 people from around the country convene in a show of generosity and united support for Riverview School, a school for students with complex special needs, located in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.

    This year’s event will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on the Riverview campus located at 551 Rt. 6A, East Sandwich. There will be gourmet fare, music, dancing and a live and silent auction, featuring items such as luxurious vacations, a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the NYC art scene, various sports and fine jewelry items. Our MC for the evening will be journalist and newscaster Paula Zahn.

    Riverview School is a unique place—a community that provides an enriching, caring and inclusive environment for young adults with special needs. For many Riverview families, the education and support their child receives here is truly a dream come true. 

    The Village of Dreams Gala was born from this concept—that dreams are realized in this community, or “village,” filled with education, athletics, extra-curricular activities, friends, and supportive, excellent teachers—ensuring Riverview students have the kinds of positive experiences every child deserves. The gala is an evening where over 350 people from around the country convene in a show of generosity and united support.

    For more information about sponsorship opportunities, purchasing tickets, or volunteering at the event, please contact Event Manager, Meg Albert at 508-888-0489 x302 /malbert@riverviewschool.org

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Past News & Events
  • March 9, 2018
    Transition Weekend Conference

    Transition Weekend is an annual conference held at the DoubleTree Hyannis. The conference provides an opportunity for Riverview families to meet and learn from a variety of experts and panelists about planning for their child’s needs when they move on from Riverview. Additionally, parents are provided with opportunities to connect and network with each other and our expanding alumni family network. Log into your parent portal to view full details and conference schedule.

    • March 9 & 10, Annual parents conference at DoubleTree Hyannis
  • February 26, 2018
    Café Riverview featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle”

    Café Riverview, Riverview School’s “hands-on classroom” was recently featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle” program, “Main Streets and Back Roads of Route 6A.” We are grateful for the excellent press coverage! During the interview, Head of School, Stewart Miller talked about how the Café is a great opportunity for our students to learn about working the food service industry. Café Riverview Manager, Cathy Kearney expressed how customers who get to know our students absolutely enjoy it and gain a better understanding of who they are and all they can accomplish. And Riverview student, Basil H., from Pakistan, discussed what he likes most about his job at the Café.

    View “Chronicle” feature (minute 4:00 in video)

  • February 25, 2018
    Riverview Road Runners break 3 hrs. Hyannis Marathon Relay

    The Riverview Road Runners participated in the weekend activities at the Hyannis Marathon including manning a water stop on both days during the 10k on Saturday and during the downpour all day Sunday at the Marathon. The team received an incredible $2,500 donation to the school for their efforts. The team had three students run on Saturday in the 10k with Tyler Davenport, Sean Dawson, and Drew Goydas all finishing in just over 50 minutes for the 6.2 miles! Riverview alumni Nicky Reagan also ran finishing just ahead of the trio in 50 minutes flat.

    The Road Runners brought out its big guns for the relay competition with Luke Anderson, Ryan Aylmer, and Liam Bentley forming up with Coach Ryan Nolette to challenge some of the best running clubs in the area including several teams from Northeast University. The three boys displayed an incredible amount of desire determination and dedication throughout the winter by training independently and competing competitively in the winter grand prix series in preparation for this week’s race.

    They ran with grit on Sunday in deplorable conditions with a cold rain and massive puddles throughout the course. Luke Anderson led off for the squad and stayed with the leader pack from the half marathon and ran his 7 miles in an incredible 45 minutes! Liam Bentley took the handoff at Craigville beach and steamed his way through Centerville back to the conference center holding his own with a just over 7 minutes per mile pace.

    Bentley handed off to Ryan Aylmer who ran the most inspiring race of the day sticking with one of the top marathoners as the course wound its way around the Kennedy compound. Aylmer had to go through puddles that some 2 ft. deep in areas along Kalmus beach and put down a final mile towards Craigville beach that was gut wrenching and left him wobbling into the arms of his dad as he made the hand off with coach Nollete. Coach Nollete’s response after seeing Aylmer finish was to start out at a 5:20 mile pace. That would lead to him passing several of the relay teams just ahead of us and into the finish with an amazing time of 2:55 minutes for 26.2 miles!! The team was an incredible fifth overall and 2nd in the men’s open age group.

    The volunteers under the direction of Coach Kyle Merrill worked just as hard handing out water, Gatorade, and energy snacks to almost 2,000 runners. Huddled under the team tent volunteers blasted tunes and keep up runners spirits as they slogged their way by. Our kudos goes to Cam Vendetti, Drew Goydas, Sean Dawson, Zack Gittleman, and Paul Hart for working so hard in the pouring rain.

    Way to go Riverview!!!
    Coach Ken Merrill

  • February 9, 2018
    Eating Well is a Riverview Way of Life

    Riverview’s faculty and student “Eat Well, Be Well Challenge” ended on Friday but healthy eating hasn’t. “Our goal is to keep the momentum going and continue the great strategies that make healthy eating a lifestyle, not just a short term diet,” explained Wellness Coordinator, Thomas Black.  There has been increased awareness around healthy food choices increase over the past 4 weeks. And Dining Hall staff reported more vegetables being served during the challenge. Additionally, many dorms incorporated new healthy snacks and meals into their menus. Congratulations to the grand prize winners—Torrey Dorm (avg. 211 points) and Brenner Hall (avg. 253 points). In recognition for their dedication to healthy eating, the winning teams will attend a fun, interactive cooking class with a professional chef!

  • February 7, 2018
    Local Olympian Encourages Riverview Students to Keep Working Hard for Their Dreams

    Cape Cod’s very own, Mike Trapp stopped by Riverview on his way to South Korea to complete as a member of the USA Olympic Snowboarding Team. He encouraged students to dream big and work hard for their dreams. Here’s a story about his journey. Best wishes, Mike. We'll be watching you on TV!

  • February 2, 2018
    Riverview Alumni Score for the Win!

    We held our Alumni Basketball Game & Ice Cream Social on Friday February 2nd. In a really close game (56–55) the staff and alumni beat the reigning champion alumni team. What an exciting night! Congrats to all players and thanks to everyone who came out.

  • January 6, 2018
    Nate Olin wins prestigious Juror’s Choice Award

    We are proud to announce that Riverview Visual Arts Specialist, Nate Olin, recently won the prestigious “Juror’s Choice Award” at the Art Foundation of Cape Cod’s Winter Art Exhibit. Visit Cotuit Center for the Art’s now through Feb. 10, 2018 to check it out. Congratulations Nate!

  • December 4, 2017
    “Jazz Heroes in the Classroom”

    Riverview students and faculty learned about “Jazz Heroes in the Classroom” with guest speaker and author, Mick Carlon. http://www.mickcarlon.com/

  • November 12, 2017
    A special event for educational consultants

    Many thanks to Riverview School parents, Wendy Belzberg and Strauss Zelnick, who graciously hosted a special event for educational consultants in their NYC home on Nov. 12. Guest speaker, cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Pugh, from Yale University discussed his research and recent publication about the interworkings of the brain as they relate to learning challenges (available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ABD8h0)

  • November 1, 2017
    Riverview’s Second-View Thrift Store is expanding!

    Soon Riverview’s hands-on retail classroom will have more space to offer you more of your favorite finds. According to Lisa Pupa, Manager of Second-View, “The addition will allow us to offer more great products. I’m especially looking forward to the opportunity to feature high end items in a special boutique section of the store. It will also offer us more display space so that we may be more creative in our visual merchandising. And most importantly, the expansion will provide a bigger space for students to learn and work.”

  • October 1, 2017
    Riverview School welcomes The Young Americans to campus

    The non-profit organization and performing group, The Young Americans, based in Southern California, came to Cape Cod for a 2-day stop along their International Music Outreach Tour to teach music to our students.

    “The performers have so much passion and enthusiasm and connected so well with our students. Our students stepped out of their comfort zones and discovered passions and areas of strength.  They developed confidence and felt wonderful about their connections with the Young Americans. These young performers made our students feel special and capable. Both faculty and students have expressed such gratitude for this opportunity- it is clearly a highlight of the school year,” said Stewart Miller, Head of Riverview School. 

  • November 8, 2016
    Riverview runners connect with mass maritime academy cadets

    Students from both schools visited each other’s campuses and learned that they are more alike than they are different. Check out the article in the Cape Cod Times.

  • July 6, 2016
    Cape Cod Healthcare pledges to hire 50% of riverview project SEARCH graduates!

    Read about Cape Cod Healthcare’s committment to hiring Riverview grads in this article in the Cape Cod Times.

  • June 18, 2016
    Riverview’s ‘Dream Team’ Celebrated at Graduation

    Every class of high school graduates is lauded by their teachers for their strengths and accomplishments, but Riverview School’s Class of 2017 went beyond receiving mere praise.

    Read about Riverview’s Senior Class in this article in the Cape Cod Times.

  • June 7, 2016
    Riverview Teacher Honored by Boston University

    Deanna White, Director of Clinical Services at Riverview, receives “2017 Excellence in Field Instruction Award” at Boston University. See the article in Cape Cod Today.

  • May 30, 2016
    Dream Maker Awardee Announced!

    Mike Lauf, CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare will be presented with the Dream Maker Award at our annual Gala June 16, 2017

  • May 19, 2016
    2x the Graduation Celebration

    This year, Riverview School has decided to separate the High School and GROW commencement ceremonies. This allows us to honor the unique nature of each of these special traditions.

    GROW Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m. in Lund Auditorium.

    The High School Graduation will be held on Sunday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. on Davis Field.

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  • April 17, 2018
    Riverview Gets an A+

    Riverview’s Program Review by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is in. We are proud to inform you that the School was found to be in compliance with all standards and that all requirements were found to be fully implemented.

    Find the report here.

  • April 13, 2018
    Dance Heroes

    At senior project night at Mashpee Middle/High School on Monday, Brianna Cheatham, foreground, dances with Riverview School students for her “Dance Heroes” project.

    Read the full story here.

  • April 6, 2018
    Riverview's Leading Scorer!

    Michael Poulin was recently recognized as Riverview's all-time leading scorer in varsity basketball. Between 2014 and 2018, Poulin scored 721 points. His coach, Jean Russell said, "Michael is one of the most versatile, elegant and selfless players that I have ever coached." He was recognized during Riverview's sports awards ceremony, where it was announced that his #15 jersey would be retired in his honor. Way to go Michael!

  • April 4, 2018
    Riverview Launches Mindful Moments Initiative

    Riverview kicked off our “Mindful Moments Month” by welcoming guest, Tim Donohue of Mindful Skills for Daily Life, who spent the day working with students and faculty on mindfulness practices and meditation.

    "It was a joy to be in such a welcoming and positive atmosphere. The teachers and students were enthusiastic about learning mindfulness skills, which can be very helpful in coping with the stresses of daily life. My goal is to teach students how to bring these lessons into their lives, and not just during the classes.”

    Riverview students and faculty have been challenged to complete 5,000 “Mindful Moments” by April 30 as part of the wellness initiative. Mindfulness posters and kits are now strategically placed all over campus and include instructions for journaling, coloring a mandala, mindful eating, walking meditations and more.

  • April 1, 2018
    Riverview Featured in Ingress Magazine

    Riverview School was recently written about in Ingress Magazine, a national magazine for teens, produced by teens. Journalist, Clare Mulroy wrote, “The Light in Their Eyes” a beautiful 6-page feature story about our students and their experience living, learning and experiencing a typical teenage experience at Riverview School.

    Ingress Magazine specializes in pursuing the raw, intimate stories that capture the human experience, focusing primarily on human interest and social journalism.

  • March 27, 2018
    - Cape Cod Times
    Cape Cod Museum of Art Exhibition Highlights Work of Riverview Students

    Art work from Riverview students, Sarah Burns, Maxine Chu and Will Sandstedt, is being featured in the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s “Through Young Eyes Exhibit.” The trio, along with students from other Cape Cod schools, has had their pieces displayed in the gallery since mid-Feb.

    Read article here.

  • February 7, 2018
    - Communication Arts
    New Website Receives High Honors!

    Riverview’s new website was recently featured on Communication Arts website as their “pick of the day.” Check it out here. This is quite an honor—many thanks to our designers at Visual Dialogue. The site features a full-browser, auto-play intro video, created by Big Ocean, to quickly give site visitors a feel for what the school is all about. While it was a challenge to tell the Riverview story in a one-minute intro video, we believe the result is an authentic portrayal of the school. The designers also wanted to give parents a positive introduction to the school, with a bold, bright layout and great imagery. Primary photography was done by Ben Gebo.

  • November 17, 2016
    - The Sandwich Enterprise
    Coach Helps His Runners Overcome Their Hurdles

    “When students at the Riverview School find themselves struggling with self-confidence, technology teacher and coach Kenneth Merrill is there to give them a boost...” read article

  • July 31, 2016
    - Cape Cod Times
    Brewster Eagle Scout soars

    “Cameron Vendetti values his Boy Scout friends. So much so, that during his senior year of high school, when he lived a half-hour away at Riverview School in East Sandwich, Vendetti stayed with his Brewster Troop 77....” continue reading

  • June 19, 2016
    - Cape Cod Times
    Riverview School graduates told to ‘push yourselves’

    “When Liam Lennon arrived at Riverview School he was, in his own words, “cynical, bitter and an introvert” and preferred the company of a good book and a quiet room over that of his classmates....” continue reading

  • June 7, 2016
    - Cape Cod Magazine
    Cape Cod Magazine Explores our Café Riverview Hands-On-Classroom

    Cafe Riverview included in Cape Cod Magazine’s “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy” article.

  • May 9, 2016
    Eye On Education: Students Get Job Training At Cape Cod Café

    “A Cape Cod school has started running a business so their students who have intellectual challenges can get job training for the future and it’s blossomed into a bustling cafe and restaurant....” continue reading

  • Riverview’s Second-View Thrift Store featured in Cape Cod Times “Bargains Galore” story.

    “The students do much of the work at the shop.... They sort, size and tag donations at an offsite processing center and then merchandise the clothing, books, toys and knick-knacks in the store.” read more

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