Riverbend School is located in historic South Natick, a suburb nestled between the towns of Wellesley, Natick, Dover, and Sherborn, just 15 miles west of Boston.
Our spacious campus beside the Charles River, offers a scenic and safe atmosphere, convenient access to Boston’s cultural attractions, and natural and historic points of interest within walking distance. Learn more about our recent campus expansion below.
Our faculty make the most of our unique location through:
- A close relationship with the Natick Community Organic Farm, where students work and learn in the three greenhouses, gardens and farmyard.
- Science classes and recreational outings to nearby Elm Bank Reservation, a 182-acre estate property of woodlands and fields listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
- Hiking and nature studies at nearby Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Visits to local historic sites, such as the Eliot Church (founded in 1651), and the Bacon Free Library (opened in 1881).
- Field trips to Boston to visit museums, historic sites, and attend concerts, plays, dance performances, and other cultural events. Classes also take advantage of learning resources throughout our region including the Ecotarium, Wheelock Family Theater, and the Acton Discovery Museum.
- Community-building trips include:
- Middle School: A Mountain Classroom/Appalachian Mountain Club (NH), Close Up program (Washington, D.C.)
- Upper Elementary: Nature’s Classroom/Sargent Center (NH)
- Sixth-Eighth Grades: Montessori Model UN (NYC)
Campus Expansion Project
Thank you to the many community members whose generous support of our capital campaign project has made our beautiful new campus a reality. Please enjoy this wonderful time lapse video of the building project from the ground up!
July 2020 Update
Our new facilities are now open! Learn more about the campus expansion in a recent Natick Report article.
History of the Project
In October 2019, Riverbend School broke ground on a new classroom building that now contains three purpose-built Lower Elementary classrooms and Design and Art studios. In addition, a stand-alone, full-size gymnasium was constructed. Both of these buildings are located on the field adjacent to the currently standing Middle School (Historic Peletiah Morse Tavern) and Children’s House.
The vision of this project was first imagined in the school’s 2012 master plan, and it was further developed in the Strategic Plan in 2017. In August of 2018, the Board of Directors and the administration of the school carefully evaluated this project and determined its necessity to the future of Riverbend. During this time a fundraising plan was developed an initiated, the Finance Committee of the Board was tasked with investigating financing options, and the Plant Committee made up of Board and Administration convened and engaged an architect and a construction company to translate this project from paper to reality.
● Construction- The school once again engaged Jim Piatt, designer of both the Tavern and Children’s House. The new design complements the “campus” feel that had already taken shape on the northeast side of Route 16. The Plant Committee extended a Request For Proposal (RFP) to six general contractors, and CE Floyd was awarded the contract in June.
This project, which the school considers to be transformative for Riverbend, begins to fulfill the vision of a campus located all on one side of the street. The designs of these two buildings mirror the functionality and beauty of the Children’s House and renovated Middle School in the historic Peletiah Morse Tavern. This construction allows us to continue our trajectory as the preeminent Montessori school in the area, ensuring we continue to retain and attract new families to our vibrant school community.
The completion of this project in September 2020 would have involved the energy and support of the entire community, as it coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the creation of Riverbend School, however restrictions due to the pandemic have delayed celebrations.
A Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on October 11, 2019, so students and our community could be involved in the excitement. The school continued to offer regular updates and opportunities for the children to observe and interact with the project.
This is an exciting moment in the history of our young school. In a relatively short span Riverbend has grown from a merger of two Montessori programs to become a school that embodies the best a toddler through grade eight Montessori education has to offer.
We look forward to this growth as we continue to evolve our campus with first rate facilities that support the exceptional quality of our programs.