Rivers School

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Rivers School
Rivers School Crest red.jpg
"Excellence with Humanity"
333 Winter Street
Weston, Massachusetts 02493
United States
Coordinates 42°19′23″N 71°19′34″W / 42.323°N 71.326°W / 42.323; -71.326Coordinates: 42°19′23″N 71°19′34″W / 42.323°N 71.326°W / 42.323; -71.326
Type Independent, Day, Coeducational
Established 1915
Head of school Ned Parsons
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 489 (2014-2015)
Average class size 12 students
Student to teacher ratio 6:1
Campus Suburban, 52 acres
Color(s) Red, white, black
Mascot Red Wings
Endowment $22.3 million
Tuition $45,590

The Rivers School is an independent, coeducational preparatory school in Weston, Massachusetts.

Rivers' Middle School program includes grades 6-8, while its Upper School program includes grades 9-12. As of 2014, 489 students are enrolled from 70 Massachusetts towns. The Rivers School's endowment was $22.3 million for the 2014-15 academic year.


The school was founded in 1915 as a school for boys at its first location in Brookline, Massachusetts. The founder and first headmaster was Robert W. Rivers. The Country Day School for Boys of Boston merged with Rivers in 1940. The school moved to its present location in Weston in 1960. It became co-educational in 1989.[1]


Rivers offers the following Advanced Placement classes:[citation needed]

  • English literature and composition
  • United States History
  • United States Government & Politics
  • Modern European History
  • Latin
  • French Language & Culture
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Calculus AB and BC
  • Microeconomics
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Music Theory
  • Chinese


Rivers competes in the Independent School League. The Rivers School campus has more than 12 acres (49,000 m2) of playing fields that includes Waterman Field, a 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) multi-sport synthetic turf field, as well as six outdoor tennis courts.

Indoor athletic facilities include the Haffenreffer Gymnasium with a full size basketball court and the 78,000- square foot MacDowell Athletic Center which contains:

  • MacDowell Ice Arena hockey rink, which during the fall, spring and summer transforms into a 70 x 40 yard indoor synthetic field
  • Benson Gymnasium
  • Benson Fitness Center
  • Sports medicine office
  • Team rooms
  • Locker rooms

Rivers has boys and girls varsity teams in the following sports:

  • Football (boys only)
  • Field Hockey (girls only)
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Basketball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Skiing
  • Lacrosse
  • Baseball (boys only)
  • Softball (girls only)
  • Tennis
  • Track

The Rivers School Conservatory[edit]

Logo of the Rivers School Conservatory

The Rivers School Conservatory was founded in 1975 by Ethel Bernard, one of the pioneers of the music school movement. She approached the Rivers School with the idea of using the then unoccupied former headmaster’s house on the campus (now called Blackwell House after George H. Blackwell) of the then all-boys college preparatory school.[2]

It was first called the Music School at Rivers, then Rivers School Conservatory. In 1978, the Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young was established. It was the subject of a WGBH-TV documentary that was broadcast internationally by PBS.[3] Seminar guests have included John Cage (1983). All pieces performed are composed in the 25-year period prior to each seminar. Many were premières and several dozen were commissioned pieces.[2] Recent examples include Matineé: The Fantom of the Fair by Libby Larsen.[4][5]

The Conservatory presently has over 750 students, including a student orchestra program, jazz and chamber ensembles, music theory and composition, its critically acclaimed Marimba Magic program,[6][7][8] choruses, master classes, workshops, and private lessons on every orchestral and jazz instrument, piano, and voice.[2]

Notable alumni include Matthew Aucoin, whose teacher was Sharon Schoffman.[9]

The Boston Globe has reviewed some of its concerts.[10][11]

Clubs and cocurriculars[edit]

  • The robotics team Architechs competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge, having the team number 4176.[12]
  • The Debate and Model UN clubs attend national conferences every year, including the University of Connecticut's Model UN Conference and the New England Region of Junior Statesmen of America debates.
  • The Current, the school's art and literary magazine, was awarded First Place in the 2013 American Scholastic Press Association's national competition.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ River's History
  2. ^ a b c "Our Story - The Rivers School Conservatory". The Rivers School Conservatory. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  3. ^ WGBH (2013-06-13). "WGBH Showcases The Rivers School Conservatory's Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  4. ^ Program notes: 36th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young, the Rivers School Conservatory, April 4–6, 2014
  5. ^ "Libby Larsen: Fantom of the Fair (world premiere)". April 24, 2014.  - At the end of the video clip Larsen herself comes on stage to congratulate the performers.
  6. ^ "99.5 All Classical Festival". WGBH Boston PBS. 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2016-02-17. The Rivers School Conservatory Marimba Magic® Ensemble delights audiences with their brilliant performances of Ragtime, Classical, Latin, and jazz selections, played by high school virtuosos. 
  7. ^ "16th Annual 99.5 WCRB Cartoon Festival". wgbh.org. 2014-11-01. Retrieved 2016-02-17. The Marimba Magic Ensemble, directed by Sarah Tenney, is a comprehensive musicianship program for students ages five through sixteen. 
  8. ^ Lowery, Brooklyn (2012-02-06). "Wayland Resident Brings 'Marimba Magic' to Life". Wayland Patch. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  9. ^ Gamerman, Ellen (2014-07-17). "Is Matthew Aucoin the Next Leonard Bernstein?". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-02-16. ...piano teacher at the Rivers School Conservatory about a half-hour away in Weston, Mass. The new instructor, Sharon Schoffmann... 
  10. ^ "Globe West best bets -". The Boston Globe. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2016-02-16. The Rivers Symphony Orchestra will feature Rivers School Conservatory cellist Yasmin Yacoby and pianist Arianna Zhang... 
  11. ^ Guerrieri, Matthew (2010-11-16). "Radius Ensemble plays Marti Epstein's new work, and Poulenc, Ott, and Brahms". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-02-16. RADIUS ENSEMBLE At: Rivera Hall, Rivers School Conservatory, Weston, 
  12. ^ "Robotics Team Places First at State Qualifier". January 23, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 

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