Changemakers in the Making

In Middle School, students experience learning by making connections between the classroom and the real world. They take on challenges that require critical thinking, curiosity, open-mindedness, collaboration, and ethical decision-making. They are members of a diverse, inclusive, and respectful community, and they engage in events and discussions about race, ethnicity, gender, culture, identity. As they venture from the campus to New York City and across the globe, they learn to be successful change agents within their school, their neighborhood, and the larger world. 

Middle School Welcome

Milton Sipp, Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School, on how the Middle School challenges students to build learning skills while exploring interests and possibilities.

A Riverdale education

Learning is interactive and dynamic; students become explorers, researchers, artists, and musicians and are encouraged to examine and ask essential questions. We pay great attention to the balance between a strong curricular program and an extensive co-curricular program. Students can take intellectual/social/emotional risks within a supportive and safe community where they can learn and grow from their mistakes. We seek to provide each member with a profound understanding of his or her responsibility to each other and to the larger community, both at school and in the world beyond.

“The Middle School Curriculum asks students to be actively engaged in the learning process, to roll up their sleeves to become musicians and artists and researchers, to delve deeply into the material they’re studying, and to offer their own voice.” Milton sippHead of Middle School


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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