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Learning with Riverdale

Riverdale welcomes opportunities to share our resources, campuses, and expertise with outside organizations. The school hosts seminars, courses, and workshops related to teaching and education. Through PLUSSED+, a learning design studio and consultancy started at Riverdale and directed by Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph, we develop educational design tools and support innovative groups that are working to improve learning experiences for students. These projects include:

  • The Character Lab, an organization committed to research on the development of character strengths in schools and how to implement strategies that build character strengths in teachers and students. It is headed by Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and founded by Duckworth, Randolph, and Dave Levin of the Kipp Charter School Network
  • Project Knowmad, an innovative summer learning experience started at Riverdale Country School that explores topics such as technology and coding, the arts, and social issues in experiential ways in New York City.
  • The Teachers Guild, an nonprofit initiative of PLUSSED+ and IDEO, the global design and innovation firm, that provides an online and in-person professional development platform to support teachers, schools, and districts as they develop solutions to their problems. 
  • Design Thinking for Educators, a toolkit created by Riverdale and IDEO that demonstrates the process of design thinking. It has been downloaded more than 150,000 times and translated into several languages. 
  • The Purpose Project, an innovative iOS application and set of lessons developed by Riverdale in collaboration with IDEO that helps young people understand, think about, and plan around their sense of purpose. It has been piloted in more than a dozen schools. 
  • nXu, a two-year fellowship started with support from Riverdale that helps high school students  identify their personal purpose as they pursue their regular school activities.
  • The Mastery Transcript Consortium, a group seeking to reconceptualize the grading and college admissions processes in private and public schools in the United States. Riverdale is one of the founders of the group, which now includes more than 200 members. 
  • The International Positive Education Network (IPEN), a global group of schools, educators, and researchers promoting thriving and well-being inspired by the research and participation of Martin Seligman, founder of the "positive psychology" movement. 
  • MetaBronx, a startup studio in the South Bronx sponsored by Riverdale that fosters entrepreneurship, supports startups, and provides summer learning opportunities for students in the Bronx.

Innovation in the South Bronx

Partnering with MetaBronx, an innovation and entrepreneurship accelerator in the South Bronx, Riverdale is introducing Riverdale students and students from the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE) to the how-tos of startups.

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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 >

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