November 2016


New building for Lower School 


In September, Riverdale opened a new classroom building for third through fifth grade. Designed by Architecture Research Office (ARO) with Open, a design firm, the building features a black-box theater, a state-of-the-art kitchen and cafeteria, and multipurpose learning spaces. Learn more. 

Art, purpose, community


The Life Cube Project transformed Jones Lawn on the Hill Campus in October. Middle Schoolers contributed tiles that expressed their hopes and dreams, and art students painted murals on the structure. For a weeklong stretch, the project evolved into a unique expression of the community. And then it was gone. Learn more. 

A fresh start: Ninth grade at Riverdale


The ninth grade experience at Riverdale begins with pre-orientation activities in Manhattan and continues with a yearlong course designed to help students make the most of the next four years. Learn more. 



Financial aid explained

Have questions about the financial aid program at Riverdale? You are not alone. To help you with the process, we have produced five "how-to" videos featuring Sheila Hicks-Rotella, director of financial aid. Learn more.


Meet the tour guides

In this series of video profiles, our student tour guides talk about academics, activities, and what they like best about Riverdale. Learn more.



Early Learning Director


Rebecca Greller
A culture of belonging


Rebecca Greller describes how the Lower School creates a foundation for learning. Learn more.


Middle School Dean


Shazia Durrani
A growing process


Shazia Durrani, the sixth grade dean, helps students adjust to life on the Hill Campus. Learn more.


Upper School debate 


Darius Weil
Engaged in the world


Debate is booming at Riverdale. Darius Weil explains. Learn more.


All financial aid applications are due by December 15. Information about the process can be found here.


Please monitor the progress of your child's application on Ravenna and call us if you have questions: Lower School Admission, (718) 432-4802; Middle and Upper School Admission, (718) 519-2715.


You can follow Riverdale on social media. Click on the links below to find us on your favorite channels.


How can you learn more about Riverdale? Please let us know if you are interested in attending one of our December concerts or games or our diversity banquet in January. We look forward to sharing more of the Riverdale community with all of you.


Happy Thanksgiving!




Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good.


5250 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY 10471

Lower School: (718) 549-7780, Middle/Upper School: (718) 549-8810

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