About

Mission & History

Our Mission

Charles River School 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.

History

In 1911, four sets of parents founded Charles River School with the mission of finding a better way to educate their children. On a small Needham, Massachusetts farm, they established a school that would:

  • Offer strong academic programs,
  • advance moral learning,
  • lead innovation in education and,
  • instill in its students a love of learning.
These parents also wanted to be actively involved in the education of their children, a tradition that would become a cornerstone to the school's philosophy.

In 1917, CRS moved to Dover, Massachusetts. Behind the school’s original Victorian house lies a 16-acre campus designed for educating the whole child. From academic buildings and play spaces to labs, studios and athletic fields, each space has a role to play in support of learning.

After more than a century of educating children, we continue to offer a challenging academic program that teaches crucial skills, through an intellectually and culturally rich learning environment. On this decidedly modern campus, a thriving, diverse community of learners carries on the vibrant academic tradition and deeply-held values of our founders.
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.