The primary goal of the Lower School Library program is to instill in children an awareness that books are a fundamental component of their lives. In a warm and inviting environment, Riverdale students learn while having fun. The Lower School librarians encourage children to become independent learners who possess a lifetime love of literature.

Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 have a regularly scheduled library period, during which they listen to stories and book talks. They become familiar with the lives and literature of semi-annual visiting authors. All Lower School children are welcome to visit and use the library at any time of the school day. 

The Lower School has a collection of 15,000 books and numerous literary DVDs and CDs. The library subscribes to 40 periodicals as well. Fiction—classic and current—and non-fiction works in the collection serve the academic and recreational needs of the Lower School population. Electronic, age-appropriate databases are accessible to the Lower School population from school as well as from home. 


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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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