Student Life


The philosophy of “personal best” is embodied in all aspects of Riverview’s physical education, sports and fitness programs, which consist of modified and adaptive instruction.

In the Middle/High School, Riverview’s physical education program emphasizes the skills necessary for participation in a variety of individual recreational sports and traditional team sports, and helps students to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Skills such as sportsmanship and teamwork are reinforced.  

The athletics program at Riverview School is completely inclusive. Any Middle/High student who wishes to participate in soccer, basketball, softball, swimming, tennis, cross country, or track and field, and maintains a commitment to the sport, will be placed on a team.  There are three seasons of sports at Riverview and students may sign up for one sport per season, unless otherwise approved.  

Health, nutrition and fitness are important components of GROW.  Students learn about the benefits of healthy eating and staying active.  They have a choice of activities such as karate, Zumba®, yoga, intramural sports and/or the use of Riverview’s state-of-the-art Wellness Center, staffed by a certified fitness instructor.
“Riverview provides experiences and opportunities for growth that are uncommon in most special education programs. Cross Country, Swim Team and Cheerleading are just a few of the activities that our daughter has participated in at Riverview that she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to participate in otherwise. She is constantly surrounded by her peers so she is actually a part of the community rather than a subsection of it. We are always amazed at her growth academically, socially and in independence.” -- Parent
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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