Make It Your Own

At Riverdale, you will take hold of your education. You will find a community that is driven by creativity and rigor, and a faculty that is receptive to new ideas. You will meet students who make active choices about their learning and who think proactively about their future. You will find activities that you love to do outside of school: athletics, arts, research, travel. Thinking, creating, doing, helping others. Empowered to make a difference. That’s Riverdale.

Active agents in learning and in life

Upper School Head Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn speaks about the importance of agency in school and in life.

A Riverdale Education

We believe in freedom, hard work, resilience, passion, giving back. As a student, you’ll learn how to experience ideas holistically, how to break everything down and put all the pieces together in a way that’s all yours. Do college-level academics, on-campus sports, and still be home for dinner. Discover how everything and everyone is connected, and how to reach out on your own, following paths that inspire you.

We get students thinking: “What am I doing in my experience at Riverdale? How can I use that to create who I’m going to be for the rest of my life?”dr. kelley nicholson-flynn
Head of Upper School


Upper School Images

Join us for a slideshow of people, places, and moments.

An Enduring Legacy

In this address to parents, Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn reflected on how the values of Riverdale's founder continue to be relevant to faculty and students. Read more. 

Course of Study

Explore our course of study across disciplines, electives, mini-courses, and more.


Make meaning. Discover and cultivate intellectual interests by bringing classroom to self and self to the classroom.

Create connection. Think broadly and identify connections across disciplines.

Be curious. Find and pursue personal interests.

Make it our own. Achieve individual growth through choice, action, and reflection; operate with increasing independence.      

Bring it back home. Invigorate the community with a wide range of interests and experiences.

Build relationships: Develop productive and supportive relationships that foster learning.

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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