Learning Through Seeking

Riverdale encourages its Upper School students to chart their own courses. As they balance a challenging college preparatory curriculum, co-curricular activities, athletics, and opportunities for foreign travel, science research, outdoor experiences, and independent study, they create an experience that is unique to their talents and interests and yet shaped by their collaborative community. The Upper School has a "culture of yes," says Upper School Head Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn. The school gives students the freedom and resources to take their interests in new directions while they also contribute to the life of the community.

Rigor by Doing

Upper School Head Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn discusses the ways in which Riverdale students apply their learning in the classroom and beyond.

Why Learn?

Upper School English teacher Shelby Stokes challenges students to take ownership of their learning.

Experiential Learning and U.S. History

Constructing America is an interdisciplinary course that is team taught by the English and history departments and required for all 11th graders. Upper School history teacher Dr. Elizabeth Pillsbury led a trip to the Kaaterskill falls to show students the landscape that helped shape American identity.

Upper School Administration

Upper School Head
Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn

Dean of Faculty
Ricky Lapidus

Upper School Assistant Head
Blair Parker

Dean of Class of 2018
Susan Polise

Dean of Class of 2019
Julie Choi

Dean of Class of 2020
Cat Crocker

Dean of Class of 2021
Carol Pouliot

Course of Study

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

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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