December 2017



A Maker Mindset

Children in Early Learning are introduced to hand tools and simple design projects as a way of building creativity and confidence in their problem-solving skills. Learn more.



The Bobsled Challenge 

In eighth grade science, students study the laws of motion. Using design thinking, they design, build, test, and refine bobsleds that minimize friction. Learn more.


One World Day 

The Upper School devoted its One World Day on Nov. 28 to mental health and wellness. More than 20 speakers and outside facilitators participated in discussions and activities related to emotional well-being. Stacey Mindich, producer of "Dear Evan Hansen," talked about the impetus for the award-winning Broadway show and the Vocal Arts Ensemble performed songs from the show. Learn more.



Global Trips 

Riverdale offers numerous trips to give students first-hand experience with subjects that they are studying. This spring, Riverdale faculty will lead trips to France, Spain, Namibia/South Africa, St. Petersburg, Rome, and the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Read more. 


Project Knowmad

This week, Riverdale announced its summer Project Knowmad offerings for students in 5th through 12th grades. Offerings include drawing, coding, film, photography, maker, astronomy, and pathways to public service. Read more

Riverdale Voices


Lower School  


Lee Pearson  
Storytelling and Teaching


Fifth grade teacher Lee Pearson describes how he encourages students to share their personal stories as a way of connecting to their reading. Learn more.


Middle School  


Monika Le 

Math For Girls


Monika Le, a teacher in the Middle and Upper School math department, encourages girls to develop confidence in math. Learn more.


Upper School   


Dr. Elizabeth Pillsbury
Experiential Learning


Dr. Elizabeth Pillsbury, a history teacher, wants students to experience the places that shaped American identity. Learn more.


  • Please monitor the progress of your child's application on Ravenna and call us if you have questions: Lower School Admission, (718) 432-4802; Middle and Upper School Admission, (718) 519-2715. Note that Riverdale's Admission Office is closed for winter break from December 22 until January 3.
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Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good.


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Lower School: (718) 549-7780, Middle/Upper School: (718) 549-8810