Mind · Character · Community

Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good.

These are words that guide us every day at Riverdale. How we learn, who we are, and how we interact with one another are inextricably linked in the Riverdale experience.

In developing MINDS, we ask students to:

  • THINK creatively, critically, flexibly, and across disciplines
  • READ actively
  • ASK good questions, ANALYZE problems and CONSTRUCT strong arguments

In building CHARACTER, we ask students to:

  • Demonstrate curiosity, zest, gratitude, social intelligence, ‚Ä®empathy, self-control, grit, and optimism
  • Improve one’s HEALTH & FITNESS

In creating COMMUNITY, we ask students to:

  • EXPLORE activities
  • Put ideas into ACTION


What we believe: Mind 


What we believe: Character


What we believe: Community

This poster describes the values, educational outcomes, and learning principles that define a Riverdale education.

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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