Room to Grow

The River Campus is a safe, supportive environment where children play, learn, and experience freedom. Using tools that range from pencils and paper to iPads and hammers, students learn through doing. Every day, our students discover solutions to problems, stretch their imaginations, and develop important character skills — such as optimism, gratitude, and self-control — that lead to success in school and in life.

In 2016-2017, a new classroom building for grades 3 through 5 has opened on the campus. Designed by Architecture Research Office, the Upper Learning Building fosters creativity, collaboration, and an awareness of nature through details that bring in sunlight and natural vistas. A student's sense of place is re-enforced with signage created by the design firm, Open, that points to locations around the world. Information about the building is silkscreened throughout the building to encourage curiosity. Metropolis spotlighted the new building in an October 2016 photo feature. Architectural Record described the building as "design thinking writ large" in a January 2017 article. 

Room to grow

Riverdale teachers describe their approach to helping children reach their potential.

A Riverdale education

The Lower School journey begins with team teaching in every classroom and a child-centered curriculum that includes math, science, reading, language arts, P.E, and the arts, as well as technology. From Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade, we introduce students to a tremendous range of life experiences, including opportunities to learn outside the classroom, to exercise leadership, to help others, to be part of a team, to play a musical instrument, to show resilience, grit, and zest. The Lower School is an exciting, active place. Children come to us at the beginning of the day, thrilled to be with their teachers and with their friends. By the end of the day, all of our students have engaged one way or another with our campus as a living and learning environment. 

“Working with math, being outside, playing a wonderful game of soccer, looking for worms: These are passions that children totally enjoy, and you can really build on them at a school like this.” Lorraine MahonyKindergarten teacher


The Lower School experience

Join us for a slideshow showing life in the Lower School.

Learners For Life

"We want your children to flourish, to become autonomous thinkers, to develop a sense of agency for themselves that provides them touchstones for their entire lives," says Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph. "That is at the heart of the value-addedness of a Riverdale education: it is intentionally thinking about the longer term future of our students and your child’s wellbeing begins here in the earliest years." Read more


Explore our curriculum chart to see what our students learn.

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community




5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

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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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