Room to Grow

The River Campus is a safe, supportive environment where children play, learn, experience freedom, and begin to build character strengths. Using tools that range from pencils and paper to iPads and hammers, students learn through doing. Every day, our students discover solutions to problems, stretch their imaginations, and develop important character skills — such as optimism, gratitude, and self-control — that lead to success in school and in life. 

The Campus: Learning Through Play In The Great Outdoors

Children naturally want to explore nature. Whether they are running, climbing, inventing games, experimenting with cause and effect, observing bugs, or plotting imaginary stories, Riverdale's eight-acre campus encourages independence, creativity, and a sense of well-being.

The Faculty: Modeling Collaboration Across Disciplines

Dr. James Duval, head of the Lower School, says team teaching is at the heart of the Lower School's approach. The faculty is comprised of highly experienced classroom teachers and numerous specialists who work together to provide children with a broad and deep foundation for learning.

The Curriculum: Challenging Academics, Social and Emotional Learning

Dr. James Duval, head of the Lower School, explains that the curriculum encourages curiosity, understanding, and respect.

The Lower School experience

Join us for a slideshow showing life in the Lower School.

Learners For Life

"We want your children to flourish, to become autonomous thinkers, to develop a sense of agency for themselves that provides them touchstones for their entire lives," says Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph. "That is at the heart of the value-addedness of a Riverdale education: it is intentionally thinking about the longer term future of our students and your child’s wellbeing begins here in the earliest years." Read more


Explore our curriculum chart to see what our students learn.

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community




5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

LS: (718) 549-7780
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

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Riverdale teaches students to become lifelong learners by fostering "growth" mindsets. Go There >

Riverdale encourages students to develop a sense of well-being. Mindfulness activities promote calm, focus, and self-reflection. 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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