Riverdale Country School

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Character and community

Character education is an essential part of the curriculum and co-curriculum.  In kindergarten, students are introduced to character strengths as they discuss strategies for managing their emotions, solving problems, and getting along with others. Teachers welcome mistakes, praise effort, and encourage risk-taking as ways of building independence and confidence. In third grade, students choose a personalized "passion project," paving the way for independent work in fourth and fifth grade.

While the development of self-awareness and independence is nurtured, Riverdale also teaches children how to be engaged members of their community by emphasizing written, oral, digital, visual, and quantitative communication skills; cultural fluency, adaptability, and empathy; and collaboration with diverse teams.

The importance of community can be seen throughout the Lower School. The daily morning meeting allows time for discussion of character and community as it relates to current events. Daily routines require teamwork and collaboration. In kindergarten and first grade, children study the Riverdale community and how they can make a difference to others. The buddy program, which pairs an older class with a younger class, creates friendships across the grades and contributes to a cohesive and supportive culture. Environmental education includes composting and recycling, responsibilities that the students take on in the lunchroom every day. 

Issues related to equity and justice are introduced in bi-weekly, all-school assemblies, and discussed further in home base. Diverse communities and cultures are celebrated in assemblies, special lunch menus, and building displays, and discussed further in home base.

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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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