In Kindergarten, the program expands into three classrooms of about 20 children each and continues in this form through fifth grade. Two teachers lead each classroom, modelling the collaborative relationships that exist throughout the school and encouraging the formation of positive character skills.

Children rotate through a variety of center-based activities, some of which are directed by teachers and others that are initiated by children. Using the  "Sounds In Motion" and "Handwriting Without Tears" programs, children begin to associate letters and sounds, and sound out words for reading and writing. They practice capital letters and are introduced to the formation of lower case letters. They discuss the meaning of stories that are read to them and begin to write their own stories, experiencing the pleasure of authorship. They practice beginning math concepts, and apply them to practical experiences such as recording attendance, tracking the weather, and analyzing the "taste test of the day." Science continues to emphasize environmental studies. Children spend the most of the 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 kindergarten 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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