The Co-Curriculum in the Upper School at Riverdale encourages students to take their learning and apply it in experiential ways on our athletic fields, on our stages, and in New York City.
We believe that the Co-Curriculum is a lab for learning and character development. The core academic curriculum is enhanced by Riverdale’s Summer Science Research and Summer Sustainability Research Programs; the Somarela Fund’s summer community service–based public policy program in Botswana, Africa; well-established exchange programs with schools in France and Spain; and Zawadi by Youth, a student-initiated microfinance program that focuses primarily on aid to villages in India and communities in the Bronx. These programs have been designed to promote strong ethical decision-making and an ability to think flexibly and creatively across traditional disciplines, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
Schools strive to show the “delta” (change over time) in their students. The Co-Curriculum and what our students do with their learning is the measure of this “delta” in our students. Our students grow by doing.
Zawadi By Youth
Hannah Gallen '15 talks about this student-led program that originated at Riverdale.