Grade 1

In first grade, students move toward independent reading and reading for meaning. Throughout the content areas, students are engaged in language-rich tasks and work on activities as a whole class, in small groups, and on their own.

Taking advantage of the school's natural resources, environmental science continues to be emphasized. Mathematics focuses on addition and subtraction, measurement, time, and money. Developmentally, children are becoming more socially aware; character skills, ethics, and the concept of community are woven into daily experiences. Formal instruction in Spanish begins in first grade and continues through fifth grade. Technology is incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum to deepen learning. Students work with specialized teachers in library, art, music, drama, robotics and engineering, health, and physical education.


Nature Studies at Wave Hill

In a collaboration with Wave Hill, first graders do a year-long investigation of changes that occur within "one small square" on the Wave Hill grounds.


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 >

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