Riverdale looks for families who embrace our core values. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is imperative for providing the best learning environment for students as they navigate an increasingly complicated world.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 embrace our diverse and inclusive community.
When you join us, peer mentoring 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.