Learning through doing

In the Lower School, children learn through asking probing questions, building effective work habits, and forming meaningful connections with their teachers, peers, and school community. They participate in stimulating, hands-on experiences that flow from an interdisciplinary curriculum, outdoor exploration, and active play. They learn about character strengths — such as grit, curiosity, gratitude, and social intelligence — which shape how an individual thinks, feels, and behave. Led by co-teachers who model collaboration, classes are supportive and dynamic. Children develop core academic skills and an understanding of the social and emotional skills needed for success in the world.

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Hudson River Studies

Situated on the Hudson River shoreline, the Lower School takes advantage of the river in environmental science, history, and geography. In kindergarten, students learn about life in and around the river and collaborate on models reflecting their research. In third grade, students sail on the river, and collect specimens at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak. Building on these hands-on experiences, students use artificial reality and virtual reality technology to learn more about the water cycle, topography, and geography.

Nature Studies in the Early Years

Ella Pastor and Debbie Wing, the Lower School's environmental educators, lead students to wonderful discoveries in the woods, gardens, and nature trails around the campus.


Riverdale approaches math as a "real-world" subject, showing students how to approach problems in creative, flexible ways.

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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