Quick Facts

 
By the Numbers

  • Creating lifelong learners for nearly 120 years
  • Number of students: 180
  • Grades: PreKindergarten through Grade 8
  • Number of teaching faculty: 36
  • Student/teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Class size: 18-24 with a co-teaching model
  • Average instructional group size: 10-11 students, with groups of 5-6 students for reading and math in Grades PreK-5
  • Racial diversity: 27% of students
  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 25%
  • Cities/towns represented: 30
  • Athletics: soccer, field hockey, cross country, basketball, fitness club, lacrosse, tennis, track and field
  • 16-acre campus featuring Wetlands Laboratory and two playing fields
  • Approximately 10 minutes from I-95 or Route 9
Academics

  • Co-teaching model (two full-time faculty members dedicated to each classroom) enables teachers to engage and challenge students appropriately
  • Thematic curriculum delves deeply into subjects and links students' experiences between their classroom and with specialists
  • Math curriculum utilizes aspects of Marilyn Burns’s approach, and Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
  • Reading instruction in PreK-2 based in Project Read
  • World Language Program begins with Spanish in PreK-2, French in Grades 3-5, and Spanish or French in Grades 6-8
  • STEAM curriculum utilizing Stanford University’s Design Thinking Methodology, the Engineering Design Process, and the Scientific Method
  • CRS students are accepted to top secondary day and boarding schools
 
Educating the Whole Child

  • Divisions within CRS include Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School
  • Innovative, hands-on approach encourages students to take risks, learn to think critically, and solve problems
  • Exceptional academic curriculum, supported by arts and athletics
  • Community service projects at all grade levels help students learn about global issues, make an impact, and discover the value of service
  • Engage students through discovery, and instill in them a love of learning
  • Yale University's RULER program is the basis for our social and emotional learning curriculum. Additionally, faculty have been trained in Open Circle and Responsive Classroom 
 
Community

  • Strong commitment to diversity and cultural competency, supported by our curriculum, student body, and our Mission which states “Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.”
  • Buddy Program pairs older and younger students, providing opportunities for role modeling, and for friendship and community
  • Monthly Sharing Assemblies where students present songs, musical pieces, classroom work, and plays
  • Annual events such as the Fall Fair, Winter Festival, May Day, and Spring Fling
  • Active Parent Association, sponsoring educational speakers and programs, and organizing community events
 
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.