Kindergarten students and their teacher on a nature walk in Riverdale Park
A kindergarten class on a nature walk in Riverdale Park.

Typical Entry Points

GradeAnticipated OpeningsTotal Enrollment
1st-5th GradesBased on attrition60 per grade
6th Grade20-2585
7th Grade8-1095
8th GradeBased on attrition95
9th Grade40-45135-140
10th & 11th GradesBased on attrition135-140


Applying to Riverdale requires a number of steps because we want to know our applicants and their families in many ways. As you begin the process, please contact us at with any questions. We welcome an opportunity to connect with you.

Get to Know Us

Please join us for one of our virtual open houses or an on-campus tour. These events are not required but give families a chance to learn about our school and programs.

Apply Online

The admission application for the 2023-2024 school year, found at, was due on November 15, 2022. If you are interested in submitting a late application for the 2023-2024 academic year, please contact Jenna King, Associate Head of School for External Affairs, before submitting an application. Note to applicants for Grades 1-5, 8, 10-12: We consider applications to these grades based on attrition. Financial aid for these grades is limited. Please see more information in Ravenna.

Schedule an Interview

The best part of the admission process is speaking directly with our applicants. We require an interview for each child who is applying to the school. The sign-up process varies by grade. Please visit your Ravenna account for more details.

Request Recommendation Forms and Transcripts

Once an applicant has created an account in Ravenna, they will be able to generate the required school forms.

Register for Testing

At Riverdale, we like to get to know our applicants in as many ways as we possibly can. We believe that testing/assessments can be one way for our applicants to demonstrate their strength as students, and as such, we have testing requirements for entry to several grade levels. Students applying to Kindergarten must take the FLI assessment (please visit your Ravenna account for more details). Students applying to Grades 5-12 must take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test).

Applicants to grades 9-12 must complete the Character Skills Snapshot, an assessment tool that provides our admission team with additional information about your child’s strengths beyond the grades and test scores. For more information, please visit SSAT.

There is no required testing for students entering Pre-Kindergarten or Grades 1-4.

Riverdale offers more than 70 teams, which attract experienced athletes as well as those who are new to a sport.
The Upper School Summer Science Research Program gives students an opportunity to take part in two ongoing environmental studies.

Entry Points

Riverdale considers many factors when creating a class, including gender, diversity, ability, and age range. The birth date range of September 1st to September 1st typically works well for our program (students who are entering PreK in fall 2023 born between 9/1/18 and 9/1/19, students entering kindergarten between 9/1/17 and 9/1/18, etc.), but we are happy to discuss your child’s placement during the interview.

Key Admission

All admission decisions will be communicated electronically on the specified ISAAGNY (Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York) mailing dates. If a child is admitted to Riverdale and a family chooses to enroll, we will require a signed enrollment contract and deposit by the ISAAGNY reply deadline. These notification dates for the 2023-2024 school year apply only to those applicants who have met the application deadlines.

PreKThursday, March 2, 2023No later than noon
on Thursday, March 9, 2023
KindergartenThursday, February 9, 2023No later than noon on Thursday, February 16, 2023
Grades 1-8Tuesday, February 14, 2023No later than noon on Friday, March 3, 2023
Grades 9-12Friday, March 1, 2023No later than noon
on Thursday, March 16, 2023


Our application process for international students is the same as it is for all applicants. We do not require the TOEFL. Prospective families should complete the application process on their own as we do not work with any placement agencies. We are able to write I-20 visas once a student has enrolled at the school. Riverdale is a day school, and we do not provide housing or homestays.