Grade 2

Second graders continue to build literacy skills and begin to develop as writers. They learn about writing mechanics, sentence structure, and paragraph construction and write longer, more involved stories. In mathematics, problem-solving activities are stressed to promote flexible and organized thinking; students are introduced to algebra, geometry, and basic fractions, among other topics. In social studies, students study New York City as our home town; the city’s neighborhoods present wonderful opportunities to explore diverse cultures and learn history through the lens of immigration. Ethics and character skills continue to be important themes as students consider what it means to be a community. Science emphasizes the process of scientific inquiry: collecting and analyzing data through sorting, classifying, observing, and making hypotheses and predictions. Students also study magnets, simple machines, and the life of trees. An integrated approach to projects involving science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) begins in second grade as students make packages for seeds. Students work with specialized teachers in library, art, music, drama, health, and physical education.


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 >

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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