Upper School Spanish students visit the Lower School and share stories they’ve written in Spanish.

Openings for 2020-21

GradeOpeningsTotal Enrollment
1st-5th GradesBased on attrition60 per grade
6th Grade20-2580-85
7th Grade8-1090-92
8th GradeBased on attrition90-92
9th Grade40-45125-132
10th & 11th GradesBased on attrition125-132


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.

Visit Our Campus
We encourage you to join us for one of our many admission events, which are designed to help you and your family get to know our school. Please visit our events page to learn about what we offer and how to register.

Apply Online
Complete our application by creating an account in Ravenna at Look for Riverdale Country School in the Online Directory. From there, you will be able to submit the admission application. Please submit the Preliminary Forms (Admission Application) by Friday, November 15, 2019. The Final Forms (all supplemental materials) are due on January 8, 2020. PLEASE NOTE: If you missed the November 15 deadline and would like to submit a late application, please contact Jenna King, Director of Admission and Enrollment, at

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 meeting our applicants in person. We require an on campus interview for each family that is applying to the school. The sign-up process varies by grade. Please visit your Ravenna account for more details.

Request Teacher Recommendation / School Report Forms
Once an applicant has created an account in Ravenna, they will be able to generate the required school forms. All teacher evaluations are due on January 8, 2020.

Register for Testing
Riverdale Country School participates in testing programs administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) and the Enrollment Management Association. Kindergarten through Grade 1 applicants must take the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners). Students entering Grades 2 through 4 are required to take the ISEE Primary. Students applying to Grades 5-12 must take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test).

We ask applicants to grades 9-12 to 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.

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 2020 born between 9/1/15 and 9/1/16, students entering Kindergarten between 9/1/14 and 9/1/15, 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 apply only to those applicants who have met the application deadlines.

PreKThursday, February 27,
No later than noon on
Thursday, March 5, 2020
KindergartenFriday, February 7, 2020No later than noon on Friday, February 14, 2020
Grades 1-8Tuesday, February 4, 2020No later than noon on Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Grades 9-12Thursday, February 13, 2020No later than noon on
Thursday, March 12, 2020


Our application process for international students is the same as it is for all applicants. We do not require the TOEFL. All applicants must come to campus for a one-on-one interview. 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.