Learning through doing

In the Lower School, children learn through asking probing questions, building strong work habits, and forming deep human connections with their teachers, peers, and ever-expanding community. They participate in stimulating, interactive experiences that flow from a multi-faceted curriculum, outdoor exploration, and active play. Led by co-teachers who model collaboration, classroom communities are supportive and dynamic. Children develop core academic skills. They also gain understanding of the social and emotional skills needed for success in the world. 


The Early Years At Riverdale

Rebecca Greller, director of Early Learning, describes how children mature in the first years at Riverdale.

Nature Studies

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.

One Small Square

Early Learning faculty team up with Wave Hill to teach students scientific thinking, environmental stewardship, and a love of nature.


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

River Studies

Young scientists at the Lower School explore the natural world. Watch this video and find out more about their investigations.

Kindergarten Scientists

A child suggested that the class could build a river on the playground. And so they did.

Character Education Through Theater

Each fifth grade class creates a play based on their social studies curriculum. The students think about how and why events happen, and they delve into the emotional makeups of their characters.

Movement and Wellness Curricular Integration

Kindergarten students explore the Hudson River through creative movement.

LS Curriculum

Explore our Lower School Curriculum Chart to learn what students are working on in each grade level.

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community




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Bronx, NY 10471

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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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