Academics

A Culture of Encouragement
Riverview is committed to developing students’ academic abilities, and to helping them acquire and apply knowledge.

With an emphasis on high expectations and research-based practices, teaching is presented via a thematic, integrated curriculum. Literature, writing, hands-on history activities, the arts and field trips are all connected to a central theme. Coursework is supported through the latest technologies and innovations in teaching. Specialized speech and language services, reading instruction and social skills training are infused throughout the curriculum.

Students are grouped in small teams, based upon grade level, in which the student-to-teacher ratio never exceeds 8 to 1. This ensures that each child’s unique needs are fully understood and met. Each team includes a head teacher and 1-4 additional teachers. All of the students on a team follow a similar schedule and are assigned to academic classes based upon individual skill level.
High School Students receive two hours of English Language Arts (ELA) instruction each day, which includes reading, writing, speaking and listening. They also participate in daily math, history/social studies, science (or Senior Seminar) and elective classes.

Middle School Students participate in a two-hour block of Project-Based Learning (PBL) that takes the place of traditional science and history classes. Students take part in content-driven, hands-on projects related to a theme while strengthening their problem-solving, investigation, research and writing skills.
“When our son came to Riverview, real learning began to happen for him.  He no longer needed to work so hard to appear to be keeping up with his mainstream peers, and therefore he is relaxed and better able to concentrate on the material that is being taught.” -- Parent 

Teacher Collaboration

Teams of teachers meet for one hour daily. In addition to focusing on curriculum development, this planning time allows for consistent communication and ensures an effective success-oriented program for each student. Creativity and flexibility guides Riverview’s teaching philosophy, ensuring that all students reach their full potential.
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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