Student Life

A Sense of Belonging
When students are not in class, they are participating in activities and outings, spending time with friends in the dorms, and learning how to take care of themselves as much as possible.

Riverview’s success-oriented atmosphere helps students to develop strong self-images. Just like in the structured and supportive academic setting, in our residential setting professional faculty fosters independence and self-determination through the development of independent living skills, social skills and self-esteem.

All of our students have the opportunity to make and maintain friendships. They are accepted for who they are. They are kind and support each other. And for many students, Riverview is the first time in their lives that they have felt true acceptance and enjoyed friendships and busy social lives.

At Riverview, our residential faculty members, many of whom are parents themselves, serve as “In Loco Parentis,” meaning that we take very seriously the responsibility for nurturing and guiding your children while they are in our care. Residential faculty helps with homework, grooming, cooking, shopping, budgeting, and daily living skills. We teach students about friendships, and about how to get along with different personalities. We are here for them when they are sick as well as when they are laughing. And we are honored by the trust that parents demonstrate by sharing the responsibility for their child’s emotional and physical well-being with us.

Steve Grinsell
Director of Programs
    • Steve Grinsell, Dir. of Programs, Asst. Head of School

      Steve Grinsell, Dir. of Programs, Asst. Head of School

Day Student Programming

Riverview School accepts a small percentage of day students from nearby and neighboring communities, all of whom participate in academic classes and the after school activities and sports program from 8:15 – 5:00, five days a week. Designed to mirror the week day 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.
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.
Visit our hands-on classrooms at Café Riverview and Second-View Thrift Store