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School Divisions

Children’s House (CH) (33 Eliot Street):
Toddler, Primary and Kindergarten

Lower Elementary (LE) (5 Auburn Street):
1st – 3rd grade

Upper Elementary (UE) (40 Eliot Street):
4th – 6th grade

Middle School (MS) (35 Eliot Street):
7th and 8th grade

Office Hours & Information:

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Monday to Friday)

Main Number: 508-655-7333

Fax Number: 508-655-3867

After Care Phone: 774-286-9946

Mailing Address:
39 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760

History

  • 1907 – First Montessori program, Maria Montessori’s Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) established in Rome, Italy
  • 2010 – Riverbend School formed from the merger of Eliot Montessori School (1971–2010) and Natick Montessori (2000–2010)

Students

  • 200 students from 15 months through 8th grade
  • 30% of students are from diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • 25% of the student body receives tuition assistance. This represents financial aid for students in grades K-8

Teachers

AVERAGE STUDENT-TO-TEACHER RATIO:
  • 4.5:1 Toddler
  • 9:1 Primary
  • 10:1 Elementary
  • 10:1 Middle School

Over 45% of faculty hold advanced degrees—our talented faculty are highly qualified; Toddler through Elementary teachers have been trained through accredited programs and granted American Montessori Society (AMS) or Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) teaching certificates.

33% of faculty come from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Campus

Our 12,500 square foot “green” Children’s House at 33 Eliot Street opened in 2014. It is home to our Toddler, Primary, and Kindergarten programs, and its five- acre lot includes a playground and outdoor garden/play spaces for each classroom.

Our Upper School, located on the banks of the Charles River, is home to our Elementary and Middle Schools. Facilities include the stately John Eliot Building at 5 Auburn Street and Memorial Hall at 40 Eliot Street, as well as a playground, athletic fields, a courtyard, gardens, and a picnic area.

Our school has a newly renovated Middle School building, that came from  transforming an 18th Century tavern into a new facility. This building has two large instructional spaces for Middle School academics that accommodates Science and Math instruction. It also includes a large multi-purpose space that will accommodate the school’s Music program. This building is located at 33 Eliot Street.

Our school is currently in the works of adding two new buildings to its expanding campus, a Lower Elementary and a Gymnasium. The current project is a big step in the maturation of our school. Much like the Children’s House and the Middle School Tavern, the new Lower El classrooms are purpose-built spaces that are designed to support the Montessori pedagogy. This building will provide new areas for  art and design spaces to allow our students to expand their curious nature and problem solving skills. The addition of a full size gymnasium will give our kids the chance to spread their wings and continue to develop their physical and gross motor skills. Click here for more information on this project.

Administrative Offices at 39 Eliot Street house our Head of School, and the business, admissions, and marketing offices.

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The Riverbend educational experience is unlike any other and the best way to understand it is to see it in action. Arrange a tour today to see for yourself!

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