Admission

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.
Riverdale students value their supportive community. They are encouraged to think about the needs of others.
1,200riverdale students
27.5Acres of CAmpus
104Zip Codes Represented
72Nationalities Represented
5:1Student to Faculty Ratio
9.5MFinancial Aid Budget
39Students of Color
20Students on Financial Aid

Outreach 

We are always out in the community, eager to meet prospective families. We work with many associations that identify talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as TEAK, A Better Chance, Oliver Scholars, Prep for Prep, Early Steps, REACH Prep, and Breakthrough NY, and we connect with public schools and charter schools in Manhattan and the Bronx to provide resources on independent school education. If you’d like to know more, you can reach us at admission@riverdale.edu

Dr. James Duval, head of the Lower School, greets children as they arrive in the morning.
Dr. James Duval, head of the Lower School, greets children as they arrive in the morning.
The Middle School girls basketball players applaud from the bench.
The Middle School girls basketball team applauds their teammates during a game at Riverdale last year.

Focus on Character

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.


Belonging

We want new families to feel welcome. Peer mentors and buddy activities introduce you to new friends and provide guidance about the many opportunities available. At the Lower School, you will share experiences with your buddy class, connecting with students from other grades. As a Middle or Upper Schooler, you will get to know student mentors through our PAL program. Our MS Design course for sixth-graders and our Delta class for ninth-graders will help you make a smooth transition and plan your Riverdale experience.

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