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.