Summer School

Middle/High School Summer

Riverview’s Summer Program for Middle/High School students is designed to build students’ individual skills while maintaining academic progress achieved during the school year.  Through the combination of academic and residential programming, Riverview’s goal is to develop responsible, independent, community-oriented students.


Academic instruction is provided each weekday morning using a thematic, integrated curriculum.  Reading, writing and the arts are connected to a central theme, which provides a meaningful, multi-sensory learning environment.  Students also receive instruction in mathematics and participate in elective classes to explore new interests.

Activities and Outings

In addition, Riverview Summer is about adventures and having fun!  Activities are designed to strengthen cooperative skills and individual growth.  Students experience summer on Cape Cod by attending professional sporting events, dances, whale watching, beach outings, water parks, kayaking, deep sea fishing and cultural events, such as concerts and plays – typical teenage experiences!  Outings allow for skills learned in the classroom to be practiced in public settings.

Summer Day Students

Day students participate in the summer program from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., five days a week. Designed to mirror the weekday morning and afternoon portion of the School’s boarding program, the day program adheres to the same high standards as the programming available to our boarding students.  Parents and/or school districts are responsible for all transportation to and from the day program.


Monday through Friday

7:00 - Wake-up, complete morning routine
8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast, clean up, dorm meeting
8:30 Students arrive to school
8:30 – 9:30 English Language Arts
9:30 – 10:30 Reading
10:30 – 11:30 Math
11:30 – 12:30 Electives
12:30 - 12:40 "Headline of the Day" 
12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - Dismissal to dorms
1:30 – 2:00 Preparation for activities (money management, organization, etc.)
2:00 - 5:00 Recreational and cultural opportunities
5:00 - 5:30 Chores, room care, laundry preparation
5:30 - 6:30 Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 Evening and weekend activities
8:30 - 9:30 Dorm activities (computers, movies, games, dorm and personal responsibilities)
9:30 – 10:00 Quiet time, lights out

*Students are provided weekly spending money at no extra cost to the families.
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.
Riverview School is located on beautiful Cape Cod. View our aerial video.
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