A diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community provides the best learning environment for all students.

Riverdale students value their supportive community. They are encouraged to think about the needs of others.
1,260riverdale students
27.5acres of campus
117zip codes represented
72nationalities represented
5:1student to faculty ratio
11Mfinancial aid budget
48students of color
20students on financial aid


We are always out in the community, eager to meet prospective families. We work with many associations that identify talented students from various communities, such as TEAK, A Better Chance, Oliver Scholars, Prep for Prep, Early Steps, REACH Prep, RIISE, and Breakthrough NY. We connect with public schools and charter schools in Manhattan and the Bronx to provide resources and information about transitioning to an independent school education. We love to connect with families and students from many different schools and neighborhoods, whether or not you are familiar with our school. If you’d like to know more, you can reach us at

Lower School students have room to spread out in art class.
The Middle School girls basketball players applaud from the bench.
Middle School girls encourage their teammates during a basketball game.

Holistic Admission

The admission committee assembles a holistic understanding of each applicant, including character strengths, the potential for community engagement, and academic preparation. We get to know students in multiple contexts, including an interactive group activity that is typical of a Riverdale learning experience. We look for students who demonstrate kindness, honesty, self-discipline, resilience, and independence, and families who will embrace our diverse and inclusive community.

Non‐Discriminatory Statement

Riverdale Country School seeks diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body. In admission and employment policies and practices, in financial aid and loan programs, and in all its educational programs, Riverdale does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity or expression.

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