Charles River School

Grades: Pre-K-8
Type: Day
Gender: Coed


A progressive, independent PreK - 8 school in MetroWest Boston, CHARLES RIVER SCHOOL (CRS) has been creating lifelong learners for more than 100 years. As our mission states, “We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement.”

At CRS, we believe in learning through discovery. On a visit to campus, you may see 1st and 2nd grade students holding morning meeting in our Wetlands Lab, fourth graders dissecting sheep brains to complement their study of the Multiple Intelligences, or 7th graders following the Stanford University Design Process as they create engineering projects.

Classes are small and learning is personalized, with two dedicated lead teachers in each classroom. Through our hands-on, experiential approach, students learn to take risks, think critically, and solve problems.

Located in Dover –approximately 10 minutes from I-95 or Route 9 – our 16-acre campus includes a Wetlands Laboratory, playing fields, and a new, state-of-the-art middle school building. CRS is committed to cultivating diversity through our curriculum, student body, and faculty. To learn more, view our two-minute video at www.charlesriverschool.org.

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Teaching Philosophy

At CRS, we believe in the capacity of children to achieve and succeed – both academically and socially. Our curriculum is progressive and innovative, work is hands-on and experiential, and classes regularly spend time outdoors.

With two dedicated lead teachers in each classroom, classes are small and learning is personalized. Through thematic curriculum (such as Marco Polo’s travels in Grade 3, or The Middle Ages in Grades 1 & 2), students engage in interrelated, in-depth experiences across all subjects – from technology to music.

Our learning environment encourages children to problem solve, collaborate, and challenge themselves. For more than 100 years, we have pioneered an education that is academically rigorous, and nurtures and challenges the whole child.

Mission Statement

Charles River School 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.