Grade 3

The third-grade program emphasizes critical-thinking in reading; in small groups, students read for meaning, gather facts, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Writing expands to include longer pieces of work in both creative and expository writing. In social studies, students study the Hudson River's history and ecosystem; the Lenape tribe that lived in this region; and explorers and industrialists. Their work in mathematics continues to focus on problem solving in single and multi-step word problems, and introduces multiplication, fractions, and geometry. In social studies, literature connects students to people and events in other times and places. In science, students study water: water in the human body; the water cycle; and water usage around the world. Their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) project involves the engineering of towers. Students work with specialized teachers in technology, library, art, music, drama, health, and physical education, as well as for their study of water.

Demetra Caldwell '97

A graduate of Riverdale, Demetra Caldwell is deeply invested in working with children. In 2016, she won Riverdale's Al Davis teaching award.

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

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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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Approximately 20 percent of Riverdale students receive some level of financial aid. Go There >

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