Fast Facts

Riverdale Country School is committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good.

Important Dates

1907: Frank Sutliff Hackett founds the school, serving as head until 1949. Classes begin in Tower House for 12 boys.

1909: Fencing team competes in the school's first interscholastic athletic event with the Hackley School.

1917: Football introduced.

1920: After a period of gradual expansion, the rest of the 12-acre site now known as the Hill Campus is purchased. A dormitory for boarding students is constructed, and first through third graders are admitted to what will later become the Neighborhood School.

1933-1935: The Riverdale Country School for Girls opens in 1933. Two years later the school moves to the George Perkins estate, an 1870 mansion on the Hudson River, currently the home of our Lower School's River Campus.

1972: The Neighborhood School, the Boys School, and the Girls School are combined in a single coeducational school.

1997: Final negotiations are completed for the purchase of 7.5 acres adjacent to the Hill Campus. Added to the Hill and River Campuses, this parcel brings the school's holdings to 27.5 acres, increasing the land area of the Upper School by 63%.

2007: Dominic A.A. Randolph becomes sixth head of school.

Student Enrollment

1,155 students in PreK-Grade 12
385 in the Lower School
260 in the Middle School
510 in the Upper School 

Student Diversity

50% boys, 50% girls
37% students of color
104 zip codes represented (65% Manhattan, 20% Bronx, 10% Westchester, 5% NJ, Brooklyn, Queens, and CT combined)

Student/Faculty Ratios

6:1 on campus

16:1 in Upper School classes
16:1 in Middle School classes
20:2 in Lower School classes 


More than 5,900 active alumni in Riverdale's alumni network
10 alumni currently working at Riverdale

Financial Aid

$8.4 million awarded annually
20% of student body receives need-based financial assistance


$63.3 million

Most Frequently Attended Colleges/Universities by Recent Alumni (in order)

Cornell University
University of Pennsylvania
Columbia University
Wesleyan University
Duke University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Michigan
Dartmouth College
Colgate University
Harvard University
Tulane University
Vanderbilt University 

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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