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River Valley Charter School

River Valley Charter School is a coeducational public montessori charter school for students in grades Kindergarten through 8.

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River Valley Charter School is a grade K-8 public Montessori school founded in 1999 by a small group of community residents looking to provide a Montessori learning environment as a public educational option for area students. As the first public Montessori charter school in Massachusetts, RVCS was chartered with the tagline "montessori made public". The school serves 288 students from the Massachusetts towns of Newburyport, Amesbury, Newbury, West Newbury and Salisbury. Students are enrolled via public lottery for which no student is given preference except for siblings of currently attending students and those from the five towns in the school's region. There are over 600 children on the current waitlist.

Charter schools are public schools that are governed by a board of trustees under a five year contract granted by the Massachusetts Board of Education. A charter school must attract students and produce positive results within five years or its charter may not be renewed. RVCS has been renewed without condition every year it has been up for renewal. The school has earned the ranking of a Level I school according to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and other accountability goals set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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A Montessori curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts Common Core Standards. Teaching is rooted in the history, culture and ecology of the Merrimack River Valley.

Mission Statement

The mission of River Valley Charter School is to provide a rigorous academic program based on the Montessori philosophy and rooted in the history, culture, and ecology of the Merrimack River Valley. Students will each their full potential as scholars and become self-reliant, productive members of society. They will be adept at critical thinking and creative problem solving and will be fully prepared to succeed in future schools, careers, and civic life.



Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.

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Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 288
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 32
1 32
2 32
3 32
4 32
5 32
6 32
7 32
8 32

River Valley Charter School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing River Valley Charter School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1
Gender 48% Male / 52% Female
Assistant Director   Jonnie Lyn Evans
Director   Andrew Willemsen


After school enrichment programs, track and field, chorus, clubs, etc.

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