At CRS, you'll often see our youngest students engaging with older students, maybe in animated discussion or playing a silly game.

The Buddy Program begins with our youngest students. PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students are matched with seventh and eighth graders and have formal time built into their schedules every few weeks to enjoy each other’s company. These pairs often stay together for two years and participate in events together such as Earth Day, Sports Day and Halloween festivities. Buddies are often found playing games together, sharing high fives at assemblies, and seeking each other out on the playground.

The older students serve as excellent role models for the younger students, and both ages benefit from this interaction and friendship. In addition to this partnership between our oldest and youngest classes, all CRS students are members of a buddy pair. The first grade class is matched with fourth graders, second grade with fifth, and third grade with sixth. The Buddy Program ensures cross-grade activities and strengthens our school community.

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.