Creating lifelong learners for more than 110 years

At CRS, progressive education is the tradition. Students thrive as part of an inclusive community that encourages them to become curious, courageous learners by enjoying – and actively participating in – the journey. They develop confidence, explore, innovate, and help shape their own learning through inquiry, collaboration, and play.

By the Numbers

When excellence is the goal of progressive education, amazing things happen. Students gain a broader awareness that lets them form intelligent, compassionate worldviews and gain a greater level of understanding that empowers them to truly define and embrace their very greatest potential.

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Number of Students

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Student Teacher Ratio

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Acre Campus

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Athletics Teams Offered Each Year

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Our Learning Community

  • 36 teaching faculty include specialists in visual arts, performing arts and music, world languages, physical education, and science
  • 34% of current students identify as people of color
  • 26 cities/towns represented
  • We are located in Dover, MA, approximately 10 minutes from I-95 or Route 9
  • 27% of students receive financial aid
  • CRS students are accepted to top secondary day and boarding schools


Our students are surrounded by masterful teachers who are personally committed to collaboration and connection. We offer a co-teaching model with two full-time, faculty members in each classroom. This enables teachers to engage and challenge students through a progressive, thematic curriculum.

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Thematic Curriculum Connects Classrooms to the World

  • 18-24 average class size with a co-teaching model
  • 10-12 average instructional group size
  • 5-6 average group size for reading and math in Grades PreK-3
  • The math curriculum is based on a problem-solving approach with investigations into numbers, data, and space.
  • Our world language program begins with Spanish in PreK-2, and continues with 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

Educating the Whole Child

At CRS, curious students thrive because of our intentional cultivation of their individual academic success and enrichment as well as their social/emotional development. With inspiration in and out of the classroom, our students enthusiastically apply knowledge to new situations. We develop strong and resourceful learners.

Balance Makes Brilliance

  • 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 service projects at all grade levels help students learn about global issues, make an impact, and discover the value of service.
  • Exceptional academic curriculum, supported by arts and athletics
  • An innovative, hands-on approach encourages students to take risks, learn to think critically and solve problems
  • Divisions within CRS include Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School

Commitment to Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion

CRS has a strong commitment to belonging and cultural competency, supported by our curriculum, student body, and our mission: “Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.”

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Fostering a Sense of Belonging

  • The Buddy Program pairs older and younger students, providing opportunities for role modeling, friendship, and community building.
  • Monthly Sharing Assemblies during which students present songs, musical pieces, classroom work, and plays
  • All-community events such as the CRS Fair, Winter Festival, May Day, and Spring Fling
  • An innovative, hands-on approach encourages students to take risks, learn to think critically and solve problems
  • Active Parent Association, sponsoring educational speakers and programs, and organizing community events