Parents FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. 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.
  • Q. Do you conduct interviews on weekends?

    Admissions appointments are scheduled Monday – Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Q. 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.
  • Q. What do we need to bring?

    Students should bring their personal necessities for their visit.  They may bring jeans, t-shirts and sneakers for after school activities but school dress is not as casual.  Skirts, blouses, dresses or casual slacks for girls and buttoned down or polo shirts, sweaters, casual slacks for boys and proper shoes are required during the class day.  Bedding will be provided but towels should be brought from home.  Students should also bring $15 - $20 for activities and something quiet to do independently during homework hour in the evening.  A class schedule and dorm assignment will be available upon arrival. A letter will be sent to you confirming your appointment. There are also medical forms that need to be completed and on file prior to your child’s visit (these forms are required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts). The medical forms do not need to be completed until an appointment is confirmed.
  • Q. 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.
  • Q. How long will the interview take?

    The interview will last an hour.
  • Q. 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.
  • Q. 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 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.
  • Q. 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.

Students FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. 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.
  • Q. 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?
  • Q. Will I shadow another student?

    We do assign “buddies” to students.
  • Q. 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.
  • Q. 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.
  • Q. 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.
Riverview School is an independent, coeducational boarding/day school, located on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Established in 1957, Riverview is a leader in educating students, ages 12 - 22, with complex language and learning challenges that include Autism, Down Syndrome, and intellectual disabilities. We're committed to helping each of our extraordinary students gain academic, social, and independent living skills to achieve their goals.
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