Grade 4

Fourth grade is a particularly exciting year, as students take their first, tentative steps into the world of abstract reasoning. Children are introduced to a modified departmental program in science, beginning a transitional process that prepares them for the move to fifth grade and later to the Middle and Upper Schools, which have fully departmentalized programs. The literacy program taps the students’ developing abstract thinking skills. Our approach is cross-curricular; topics from social studies are interwoven into our skills work via textual readings, reports, discussion, and comprehension exercises. Language arts skills are integrated into the science work, too, as the children do research projects within each of the three science areas they study. In addition to honing comprehension skills and vocabulary, writing is a very significant part of the fourth-grade program. The mathematics program is designed to help students understand mathematical concepts and become increasingly adept at computation and problem solving. The science curriculum allows the children to continue to learn and use the scientific method. 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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Approximately 20 percent of Riverdale students receive some level of financial aid. Go There >

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