The Lower School encourages communication between parents and teachers, and welcomes parental involvement in school activities. Parents may take part in the Parents Association, the Lower School International Parents Committee, and the Parents of Color organization. Homecoming and Community Action Day are community-wide celebrations. The Community Engagement Team hosts all-school social events for families as well.

In September, the Lower School invites new Pre-K and kindergarten parents to orientation sessions. Curriculum evenings with the faculty are held for Pre-K through fifth grade. Lower School teachers send regular updates to parents describing classroom activities. Parents volunteer for field trips and classroom demonstrations. In Pre-K and kindergarten, parents cook with small groups of children, using the kitchen adjacent to the kindergarten classrooms. First graders invite parents to participate in a Family Share project that describes family traditions, backgrounds, and cultures.

Recognizing that it may be difficult for working parents to attend school concerts and plays, Riverdale livestreams many of these events as well as the fifth grade graduation. Some parent meetings with the Lower School head also are videotaped.

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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