Riverview’s 18 dormitories are more than a place to sleep and study. They are among the most important classrooms on campus. Because living and learning are fully integrated at Riverview, the residential program is designed as thoughtfully and thoroughly as the academic program.
From social skills and communication to cleaning, laundry and cooking, the lessons that students learn in the dorms last a lifetime. The student-to-faculty ratio in the dorms is 6 to 1, which allows for personalized attention. Residential Supervisors oversee assigned dorms and overnight Dormitory Coordinators and Dormitory Assistants stay in the dorms with students.
GROW dorms are located both on campus and off campus in the towns of Sandwich and Hyannis. All first year GROW students are placed in on-campus dorms. Second and third year GROW students are placed in off-campus residences to assist in continuing to build their social and independent living skills, as well as to prepare for transitioning after Riverview.
GROW students prepare breakfast and dinners in their dormitories and are actively involved in food inventory, grocery shopping, meal preparation and clean-up on a weekly basis. Menus rotate every five weeks to teach students through repetition with the focus on individual cooking skills (boiling, chopping, measuring, etc.).
“I like my roommate. She is funny and she is there for me when I need a friend. We hang out and take walks around the track together.” -- Student
Following are some of the skills that Riverview students learn in the dorms:
Room and dorm care and laundry
Budgeting and money management (“needs vs. wants”)
Establishing and maintaining friendships
Health and wellness through nutrition, fitness and recreation opportunities
Self-advocacy and social skills
Meal planning and preparation (GROW students have one assigned cooking night a week with staff support)
Structured evening homework and/or quiet time
Time management and organization (agendas, charts, lists)
Executive function skills
Ample opportunities for generalization of skills within the community
Safety practices within the community
While the routine and structure ensure that these important skills are taught and reinforced, GROW students play a very active role in designing and planning their individual schedules.
Riverview School is an independent coeducational boarding/day school, located on a scenic 16-acre campus on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We provide a caring community for students ages 11-22 with complex language, learning and cognitive challenges, including Autism, Down Syndrome and intellectual disabilities. We're committed to developing student competence in academic, social and independent living skills.