Riverdale’s early childhood program is based in one classroom, providing an intimate setting for 16 children and their two teachers. They experience a hands-on approach to learning with opportunities for both teacher-directed and self-directed activities.

They learn the alphabet's sounds and symbols, laying the foundation for reading. They explore writing, drawing, weaving and painting, developing fine-motor skills and expressing imagination. They begin math-based activities: cooking, counting, patterning, graphing, block building. They are introduced to art history, learning about color, shapes, and important artworks. They spend time outdoors, gardening, taking nature walks, and learning to appreciate the nature. iPads are used to further these learning experiences and reinforce skills. Character skills and ethics are introduced and practiced on a daily basis. Children spend most the of their day with their homebase teachers and classmates, but also work with specialist teachers in physical education, health and wellness, library, music, movement, and Spanish immersion.

Learning Through Moving

Lower School Drama and Spanish teacher Helena Garrabou-Vancells explains the connection between movement and learning.

DIY In The Early Years

The traveling maker cart introduces PreK students to hand tools and problem-solving activities.

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




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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