FAQs

Q. How do I apply to Rivers?
A. Follow the steps on the How to Apply page.

Q. When is the Application for Admissions due?
A. All application forms should be in our office by February 1.

Q. What standardized test do I need to take?
A. If you are applying to grades 6, 7 or 8, you need to take the ISEE. If you are applying to grades 9, 10 or 11, you need to take the SSAT.

Q. When should I come for a tour and interview?
A. We begin interviewing at the end of September and will offer appointments when school is in session throughout the months of October, November, December and January. To make an appointment, just call the admissions office at 781-235-9300, ext. 253. We encourage you to call soon since our calendar fills up quickly!

Q. What happens during the visit?
A. The visit begins with a tour of the campus given by a current Rivers student. After the tour, the visiting student will be interviewed by a member of our admissions committee. The same interviewer will then talk to the student's parents. The entire visit takes no more than two hours.

Q. What kinds of questions will the interviewer ask?
A. The purpose of the interview is to let us get to know you. We may ask how you spend your time both in and out of school, what classes and activities you particularly enjoy, and anything else that gets the conversation going. Don't worry; we try to make the interview a pleasant and relaxed experience.

Q. Do I need to apply before I interview?
A. No. In fact, the visit might help you decide whether you want to apply to Rivers.

Q. Is there a particular score I have to get on the ISEE or SSAT test?
A. Standardized test scores are one piece of your final application and no more important than the other information we request. So there is no cutoff score you must achieve to be considered for admission to Rivers.

Q. What are you looking for in a candidate?
A. We admit students who are successful and enthusiastic learners, eager to participate in all aspects of the Rivers experience (academic, athletic, cocurricular and service-oriented), and willing to contribute to the community with enthusiasm and good will.

Q. I don't think I can afford Rivers. What kind of aid is available?
A. Rivers wants to be accessible to all qualified students. We award financial aid based on need; we do not give academic or athletic scholarships. Click here to learn more about our financial aid program.

Q. Where do Rivers students come from?
A. Academically, our students come in equal numbers from both public and private schools. Geographically, our students come to us from more than 60 cities and towns in the greater Boston area.

Q. How do students get to Rivers?
A. Almost all students get to Rivers by car, and many families car pool. However, the school offers a bus that serves students in the Winchester, Lexington and Lincoln areas, as well as two buses for students from Boston, one departing from State Street and the Back Bay station on the MBTA Orange Line and the other departing from the Forest Hills station, also on the Orange Line.