All academic subjects (mathematics, literacy, social studies, and science) are taught in a self-contained home base. Students in first through fifth grades receive two 40-minute instructional periods each week in visual art, music, and Spanish, and three periods of physical education. Pre-K and kindergarten students receive two periods of visual art, Spanish, and physical education, one period of music, and take part in movement and mindfulness classes. All students in Pre-K through grade two visit the Early Learning library once a week.

A variety of learning integrators work with the students. Environmental education facilitators lead nature walks, help students with the school vegetable garden, and instill an appreciation for taking care of the earth. Interdisciplinary integrators and technology integrators work alongside classroom teachers to incorporate technology, digital literacy, and maker projects into lessons. Drama teachers work alongside home-base teachers, using drama as a way of reinforcing learning.

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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 administers literacy assessments in the fall and spring and math assessments in the fall. Reading assessments help determine placement in support reading groups in first grade through fourth grade. All grades in the Lower School use standardized benchmark assessments at the beginning and end of the year to track student ability and placement.

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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