Riverbend School Inc.

Natick, MA   |  www.riverbendschool.org

Mission

Within a collaborative and respectful community, Riverbend School develops curious, self-confident, and independent lifelong learners by using Montessori principles to help each child flourish socially and thrive academically.

Ruling year info

1971

Head of School

Whitney Slade

Main address

39 Eliot Street

Natick, MA 01760 USA

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Formerly known as

Eliot Montessori School

EIN

23-7122908

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Our programs

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Children's House

Rapidly developing, constantly exploring, determined to do things independently — toddlers learn by working with materials that develop their brain through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement. Our 5-day Toddler program lays the foundation for a sense of school community. The same group of children come together each day, learning from one another, and deepening relationships that will continue throughout their time at Riverbend. Every element in the design of the Children’s House learning environment empowers young children to dive right in, using all their senses to follow their emerging and evolving interests.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Our Lower Elementary program (Grades 1 to 3) seeks to balance the child’s developing imagination with concrete skills learned through hands-on exploration. Montessori materials are exceptionally logical and beautifully constructed, enticing the children to want more, to learn more, and to achieve “flow” as they reach deeper and deeper levels of concentration. Our teachers carefully observe and track each child’s progress, and add levels of difficulty to the work with each new success they’ve witnessed. The Lower Elementary program creates students who are willing to take intellectual risks and have the resiliency needed for the challenging pursuits of Upper Elementary.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In the Upper Elementary (Grades 4 to 6) students focus on building greater independence and responsibility as they begin to think more abstractly and explore more complex ideas. Teachers encourage students to make cross-curricular connections and to seek ever expanding academic challenges. At this level, students truly refine their time management skills as they are offered “freedom with responsibility.”

While students continue to explore concepts using concrete materials, technology begins to play a larger role, enhancing abstract learning and providing new pathways for student expression.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

In Middle School, students take on increasing levels of responsibility and independence as they build the academic, social, and emotional skills essential for the challenges of high school and college.

Standardized testing at Riverbend is a diagnostic tool for teachers and provides students with essential test-taking skills for life. Grades 4–8 participate in CTP4 testing each fall.

Our cross-disciplinary curriculum nurtures essential skills for academic success, including the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, to organize one’s work and time, to craft research into meaningful projects, to communicate effectively, and to think globally.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

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Children and youth

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Financials

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Riverbend School Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2021
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Board chair

Shana Salzano

The Riverbend School

Jessica Baur

Jane Ventrone

The Steppingstone Foundation

Sarah Spence Adams

Olin College

Karin Riggs Barton

Riverbend School

Diana Baruni

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Jim Hartman

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Dena Patterson

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Catherine Zhang

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Elizabeth Milewski

Miguel Camargo

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Michael Tauer

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Emeka Iffih

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Melissa Fletcher

Wellesley College

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  • Board performance
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Organizational demographics

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