Rivers Facts

Rivers Facts 2013-2014

At a Glance
  • 481 students from 70 Massachusetts towns
  • 6:1 student/teacher ratio
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • 38 honors and Advanced Placement courses
  • Median SAT Reading: 660; Median SAT Math: 680; Median SAT Writing: 650; Median ACT: 28
  • 29% of student body receives financial assistance
  • Since 2003, Rivers has offered a unique Conservatory Program to talented Upper School student musicians.
  • Rivers graduates are currently attending Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Duke, Georgetown, Cornell,  Davidson, Northwestern, Washington University, Wesleyan, Hamilton, Colby, Bates, Tufts, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Boston College, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Wellesley, Carnegie-Mellon, New England Conservatory of Music, and other outstanding four-year colleges and universities.
  • In 2013, juniors and seniors took 227 Advanced Placement exams in 19 different subjects. Seventy-two percent of the scores were 4s and 5s, with 36 percent being 5s. Eighty-nine percent were 3 and above.
  • In fall 2013, seven students received National Merit honors.
Arts
  • Thirty-nine students received honors in the 2014 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards competition, including eight Gold Keys, 15 Silver Keys and 16 Honorable Mentions. Savannah Knisley '14 went on to win a National Gold Medal. At the 2014 SISAL art competition Rivers students received eight awards, including three first-place prizes, one second-place prize, two third-place prizes, and two honorable mentions.
  • The Rivers Select 1 Combo placed second at the 2014 Berklee College of Music's National High School Jazz Festival and the Big Band placed third. Richard Oates '14 received the Outstanding Musicianship Award and John Nydam '15 received the Superior Musicianship Award. The Big Band was awarded a gold medal at the 2013 MAJE Northeast District Big Band Competition where Jamie Juviler ’14, Richard Oates ’14, and John Nydam ’15 received MVP awards. The Select 1 combo also received a gold medal, and five members also received MVP awards at that competition. The Big Band also won the prestigious Spirit Award at the 2012 Charles Mingus Competition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and Jeremiah Campanelli ’12 and James Hotchkiss ’14 were recognized with outstanding soloist awards on drums and bass, respectively.
  • Eight Rivers students performed at the 2014 Junior Districts and All-State Festival in March.
Athletics
  • The Rivers girls' varsity soccer team were the 2013 Class B NEPSAC New England Co-Champions. Maclaine Lehan '14 earned All-American distinction from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was named a 2013 Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Trevor Davock ’15 also earned All-American distinction from NSCAA and was named a Boston Globe All-Scholastic.
  • The boys' varsity ski team took First Place in the 2014 Class B NEPSAC New England Championship for the third year in a row and the boys' varsity ice hockey team won the 2014 ISL Eberhart Championship.
  • The girls' varsity basketball team won the 2013 Rivers Holiday Tournament. The boys' varsity soccer team won the 2012 Class B NEPSAC New England Championship as well as the 2012 ISL Championship.  In 2011-12, the varsity field hockey and girls' varsity basketball teams won NEPSAC New England Championships.
  • During 2012-2013, Rivers had 33 All-Independent School League (ISL) athletes, 25 athletes received All-League honorable mentions, and one received an All-League MVP award. Ten athletes were selected for the All-New England distinction, four were named All-State, and nine were named New England All-Star selections. One Rivers athlete was named Boston Globe All-Scholastic.  
  • The Rivers football team was named 2010 ISL co-champions, finishing with an undefeated regular season (8-0) and an invitation to the NEPSAC New England Norm Walker Bowl at Gillette Stadium. 
Co-Curricular
  • Each year the student-run philanthropic organization, “Rivers Givers,” raises money and distributes grants to local non-profit foundations. The group has raised and awarded $100,000 in grants in the last ten years.
  • Marissa Birne '15 earned the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her community service efforts.
  • In November and January, James Jennings '14 won Best Speaker honors at the regional debates sponsored by the New England Region of Junior Statesman of America.  
  • Two Rivers students won honors at the University of Connecticut's Model UN Conference for their performances. Bryan Cleveland ’15 won as Outstanding Delegate and Pedro Oliveira won a Commendation.
  • The literary magazine The Current was awarded “First Place” in the 2013 American Scholastic Press Association's national competition.
  • This summer, five Rivers students have science internships at prominent research centers such as Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston University Medical Center, while three students have business internships at Boston-area investment banking and private equity start-up firms.
  • During winter break, students spent a week in New Orleans helping the community rebuild from the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina. During spring break, a group of students studying Chinese traveled throughout China visiting historic and cultural sites. In June, students travelled to Montana to volunteer on a reservation, and to France and Spain on language immersion trips.