Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community

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Riverdale empowers lifelong learners, individuals who know how to ask good questions, solve problems, collaborate with others, and adapt to change. Our idea of learning and living with purpose is introduced to the Pre-K student and nurtured through each successive year.

At Riverdale, we know that learning is difficult. It is rational and emotional. It can proceed sequentially; it can also happen serendipitously, as the result of an unexpected experience, an unlikely convergence, a new way of looking at information. Learning can be illuminating and inspiring as well as unsettling. Click here to learn more about the values, outcomes, and principles leading to the development of a R+ mindset. 

Increasingly, research shows that learning improves through the development of character strengths and what psychologist Carol Dweck has termed a “growth mindset.” The VIA Institute of Character identifies 24 character strengths. At Riverdale, we emphasize seven: grit, optimism, self-control, curiosity, zest, gratitude, and social intelligence.

Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the Character Lab with Riverdale Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph, has published a book entitled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Defining grit as a combination of passion and long-term perseverance, Duckworth argues that grit can "grow from the inside." 

Riverdale's approach to character education also is based on evidence that character strengths can be identified, nurtured, and deepened over time. By developing these qualities, students improve their performance, relationships, and overall quality of life. They develop purpose.

To learn more about how Riverdale prepares lifelong learners, go to the following videos and stories.

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community



Lower School
1 Spaulding Lane
Bronx, NY 10471
LS: (718) 549-7780

Middle/Upper School
5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

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Riverdale teaches students to become lifelong learners by fostering "growth" mindsets. Go There ><

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The River Campus offers a spacious, natural setting for our youngest students, inspiring learning and play. Go There >

Riverdale offers "STEAM" (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) teaching to Lower School students. Go There >

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Middle School students explore hands-on learning through the Riverdale Maker program. Go There >

Project Knowmad allows Middle Schoolers to learn in a different way, using NYC as their classroom. Go There >

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Riverdale teaches students to make connections through our interdisciplinary programs. Go There >

The club and activity program encourages students to explore their passions and try new things. Go There >

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About 80 percent of Upper School students participate in athletics. Go There >

Riverdale's Hill Campus has an indoor pool, football stadium, weight room, and 3 playing fields. Go There >

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Riverdale has entry points in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th Grades. Visit our campus today. Go There >

Approximately 20 percent of Riverdale students receive some level of financial aid. Go There >

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Last year's Annual Fund totaled nearly $5 million in gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the school. Go There >

Have you included Riverdale in your estate plans? Please let us know and join our expanding group of Hackett Planned Giving Society members today. Go There >

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