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Spanish Students Visit Riverdale
Posted 10/14/2014 05:26PM


"In Spain, it is so different from here. You don't know the teachers well. Here, they say, ‘Hi, How are you?’ I like this so much."

A group of 16 high school students and two teachers from the Delicias School in Valledolid, Spain, have been visiting Riverdale as part of a 17-day visit to the school and New York City.

Among their impressions:

"It's bigger than my high school but the classes are small. In Spain, we have 20 to 30 in a class."

"They have more homework than we have in Spain. They have three hours after dinner. In Spain, we have one to two hours."

"Here the students participate more than in Spain. In Spain, the teacher talks to the students, it is not the students who talk to the teachers."

The visitors loved acting class and photography class. They were impressed with the microscopes in science, and thought the geometry teachers explained the material very well.

They've also had plenty of time to explore New York City. Among their favorite spots: the Empire State Building, Times Square at night, Soho, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park.
 
This visit follows a trip made by Riverdale students to the Delicias School last March. Some of the Riverdale students who made that trip are hosting their Delicias friends.

This Spanish exchange is one of a number of language and exchange programs offered to Riverdale Middle and Upper School students. Other trips have gone to Italy, France, China and Japan.

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