Mind · Character · Community

These are words that guide us every day at Riverdale. How we learn, who we are, and how we interact with one another are inextricably linked in the Riverdale experience.

In developing MINDS, we ask students to:

  • THINK creatively, critically, flexibly, and across disciplines
  • READ actively
  • ASK good questions, ANALYZE problems and CONSTRUCT strong arguments

In building CHARACTER, we ask students to:

  • Demonstrate curiosity, zest, gratitude, social intelligence, ‚Ä®empathy, self-control, grit, and optimism
  • Improve one’s HEALTH & FITNESS

In creating COMMUNITY, we ask students to:

  • EXPLORE activities
  • Put ideas into ACTION


What we believe: Mind 


What we believe: Character


What we believe: Community

Educating for Change

"We are intentionally trying to develop students who have MINDS that understand change, CHARACTER that can create change, and a COMMUNITY that embraces change. That is our mission."

— Dominic A.A. Randolph, Head of School

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community




5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

LS: (718) 549-7780
MS/US: (718) 549-8810


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Riverdale prides itself on innovative programs. "Design thinking" emphasizes student experience in all that we do. Go There >

Our community includes partnerships with educational and cultural groups around the worldGo There >

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The River Campus offers a spacious, natural setting for our youngest students, inspiring learning and play. Go There >

Riverdale offers "STEAM" (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) teaching to Lower School students. Go There >

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Middle School students explore hands-on learning through the Riverdale Maker program. Go There >

Project Knowmad allows Middle Schoolers to learn in a different way, using NYC as their classroom. Go There >

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Riverdale teaches students to make connections through our interdisciplinary programs. Go There >

The club and activity program encourages students to explore their passions and try new things. Go There >

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About 80 percent of Upper School students participate in athletics. Go There >

Riverdale's Hill Campus has an indoor pool, football stadium, weight room, and 3 playing fields. Go There >

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Riverdale has entry points in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th Grades. Visit our campus today. Go There >

Approximately 20 percent of Riverdale students receive some level of financial aid. Go There >

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Last year's Annual Fund totaled nearly $5 million in gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the school. Go There >

Have you included Riverdale in your estate plans? Please let us know and join our expanding group of Hackett Planned Giving Society members today. Go There >

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