Atrium School

Excellence with Joy

At A Glance

History
Founded in 1982, Atrium is a progressive,
independent co-ed day school 

Location
Watertown, MA

Grades
Pre-Kindergarten (age 4) through Grade 8

School Hours:
PreK through Grade 5: 8:15am – 3:00pm      
Half-Day PreK: 8:15am-12:30pm
Middle School (Grades 6-8): 8:30am – 3:15pm
Before-School Coverage: 7:30am
After-School Program: 3:00pm – 5:30pm (additional fee)

Enrollment
136 Students

Classroom Statistics
One classroom per grade for PreK – Grade 5, with 2 full-time teachers in each PreK – Grade5 classroom,
and 5 full-time subject specific teachers in Grades 6 – 8.
Student:teacher ratio is 9:1 in classrooms, 5:1 including specialist teachers.
20% Identify as students of color; 5% identify as from LGBTQ families

Student Population
Students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year come from 20+ communities in the Greater Boston area, including: 

  • Arlington
  • Back Bay
  • Beacon Hill
  • Belmont
  • Boston
  • Brookline 
  • Cambridge
  • Charlestown 
  • Chestnut Hill
  • East Boston
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Lexington
  • Medford
  • Newton
  • Quincy
  • Roslindale
  • Somerville
  • South End
  • Waban
  • Waltham
  • Watertown
  • Wellesley
  • West End
  • West Roxbury

Curriculum
Each classroom has a central theme that provides a context for the year’s learning. Atrium’s balanced program incorporates arts, hands-on projects, and collaborative work in an environment that is creative, nurturing, and driven by values of social justice and equity. Our location enables opportunities to enrich curriculum with a vast array of local resources. 

Faculty and Staff
30 faculty and staff; 85% of teaching faculty hold advanced degrees

Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • PreK       $23,400 (full day)
  • PreK       $16,200 (half-day)
  • K             $24,600
  • 1              $24,900
  • 2             $25,200
  • 3             $25,400
  • 4             $25,600
  • 5             $25,800
  • 6             $26,100
  • 7             $26,500
  • 8             $26,900

After-School Program
$950 per day annually (i.e., $4750 for 5 days / Monday through Friday; $1900 for 2 days / Tuesday and Thursday). Enrichment Classes are available for an additional fee depending on the class.

Tuition Assistance
Approximately 30% of families receive need-based financial aid.

Awards
NAIS Leading Edge Award for Equity and Justice
Evergreen Award for sustainable commercial design

Accreditation
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)

Membership
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)

Where do Atrium School students go on to next schools? 
Approximately 60% of our students go on to independent schools and 40% go on to public schools.