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 Chromebooks 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
A slideshow showing life inside and outside the classroom on The Lower School campus.