Student Life

Riverdale's Student Life programs support the school's character education mission, providing formal and informal classroom support for the following areas of development:

  • Identity and Belonging
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Health and Wellness
  • Learning to Learn

Beginning in Pre-K, children learn essential concepts related to identity and belonging and skills related to social-emotional learning. Additionally, students learn to care for their personal health, physical health, and nutrition. In a dialogue that continues throughout their time at Riverdale, Lower School students engage in discussions about personal boundaries and human sexuality.

The Director of Student Life, the Lower School Counselor, the Dean of Students, and the homebase teachers work together to ensure that individual students are thriving, and that the school culture is aligned with the mission. Additionally, the Director of Student Life organizes professional development opportunities to provide teachers with resources to address the social and emotional needs of their students. 

Skills To Be Learned

At Riverdale, we consider character to be comprised of skills that develop through relationships, challenges, and learning opportunities. Some of the character strengths that we promote in our students are:

  • Curiosity
  • Gratitude
  • Grit
  • Optimism
  • Self-Control
  • Social Intelligence
  • Zest

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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