Project Knowmad FAQs
Project Knowmad is an experiential learning program for students entering grades five to 12 that runs during the summer months, right after finals and before most other summer programs begin. In 2019 we're offering 11 one-week courses from June 10-28. Families are welcome to enroll their children in multiple classes over the Knowmad semester. Students who do not attend Riverdale may also enroll in the program. This year’s courses cover a wide variety of subjects, including computer science, filmmaking, drawing, writing, and culinary arts.
The big deal about Knowmad is that New York City is our classroom. Students and teachers are out in the field exploring interesting ideas, meeting new people, visiting unusual locations, and working as a team. The activities are creative: writing code, taking photographs, making meals, writing scripts, designing and building your own inventions. Students work with teachers in a new way, too: as collaborators looking for answers together. Small class size of six to 10 students offers individual instruction and promotes sustained focus.
Registration begins on January 7, 2019. Please bookmark this page and check back often for detailed instructions on how to register. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with our summer 2019 offerings by reading the Middle and Upper School course descriptions.
Class size is small for all Knowmad courses, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. We encourage families to apply as early as possible, since most courses fill up before the registration deadlines. A nonrefundable deposit of $150 per course paid by credit card is required at the time of registration. The tuition balance ($1,050) is due by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. For those families registering after April 30, payment in full is required. The final enrollment period ends on May 31, 2019.
Riverdale Country School reserves the right to cancel any Knowmad course for any reason including insufficient enrollment. If a class is canceled, families will have the opportunity to enroll in another course or receive a full refund.
Riverdale families seeking financial aid should email Sheila Hicks-Rotella at email@example.com after January 7, 2019 for information about aid packages.
Classes are taught Monday through Friday, and usually begin at 9:30 am and end at 3:30 pm. Most programs meet in the morning at a central location in New York City. Faculty leaders and students travel together as a group throughout the day. Families will receive a course schedule well in advance of the start of Knowmad to plan pick-ups and drop-offs. Some programs meet in the morning on the Riverdale Hill Campus. Families may pick up and drop off their children at the main gate.
Families are required to complete and submit permission and health forms by the final registration date of May 31, 2019. We cannot admit any student whose completed permission and health forms have not been received. Additionally, parents of children entering grades five and six must attend a mandatory information session the week before Knowmad begins.
No, transportation to and from the program is not provided by the school. On most days Upper School students find their way to a meeting point to join up with their Knowmad group. (It’s often the clock in Grand Central Terminal.) You should plan either for your child to use public transportation or to arrange a ride for them. Many families carpool and use ride sharing services for the duration of the course. If your child is in Middle School, we will work with you to arrange pick-ups and drop-offs.
Knowmad is the perfect summer program for students seeking relevant, stimulating courses that take them across New York City and beyond, to tackle new ideas and challenging subjects. Review our course descriptions and, if something clicks, make an application. Remember that courses fill up quickly, so do apply as soon as possible.