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.


Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community




5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

LS: (718) 549-7780
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

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Riverdale teaches students to become lifelong learners by fostering "growth" mindsets. Go There >

Riverdale encourages students to develop a sense of well-being. Mindfulness activities promote calm, focus, and self-reflection. 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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