Riverdale empowers lifelong learners, individuals who know how to ask good questions, solve problems, collaborate with others, and adapt to change. Our idea of learning and living with purpose is introduced to the Pre-K student and nurtured through each successive year.
At Riverdale, we know that learning is difficult. It is rational and emotional. It can proceed sequentially; it can also happen serendipitously, as the result of an unexpected experience, an unlikely convergence, a new way of looking at information. Learning can be illuminating and inspiring as well as unsettling. Click here to learn more about the values, outcomes, and principles leading to the development of a R+ mindset.
Increasingly, research shows that learning improves through the development of character strengths and what psychologist Carol Dweck has termed a “growth mindset.” The VIA Institute of Character identifies 24 character strengths. At Riverdale, we emphasize seven: grit, optimism, self-control, curiosity, zest, gratitude, and social intelligence.
Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the Character Lab with Riverdale Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph, has published a book entitled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Defining grit as a combination of passion and long-term perseverance, Duckworth argues that grit can "grow from the inside."
Riverdale's approach to character education also is based on evidence that character strengths can be identified, nurtured, and deepened over time. By developing these qualities, students improve their performance, relationships, and overall quality of life. They develop purpose.
To learn more about how Riverdale prepares lifelong learners, go to the following videos and stories.
- Learners For Life: Riverdale Teachers Seek Their Own Challenges
- 2017 Ailey Arts in Residency at the Lower School: Focus on Unity
- Environmental Education in the Lower School
- The Life Cube Project
- Project Knowmad 2016
- Learning and Living With Purpose: The Class of 2016 Reflects on their Riverdale Experience
- Kindergarteners Build Immersive Model of the Hudson River
- Senior Project: Wordsworth Poems, Childhood Memories, And A Butterfly Hatchery
- Riverdale Artists: Emilo
- Sketch Comedy in the Middle School
- Randolph: Learning In and Out of the Classroom
- How Avocados Explain New York
- Fifth Graders: This Is Your Brain On Math
- Making T.I.M.E. For A New Lower School Initiative
- A Character Lesson from Quintin Demps
- “Renew” Is Theme of Professional Development Day