Clubs and Activities
Through our robust student activities program, Upper School students devote energy to experiences about which they are the most passionate. All students are asked to join an activity after participating in the RCS D.E.S.I.G.N. program at the beginning of 9th grade.
Our student-led activities take place during the school day through an activity period that meets once every two weeks, though many meet outside of this time as well at times determined by the students and faculty advisor.
Whether inspiring artistic expression for our award-winning art and literary magazine, Impressions, or preparing to compete in Mock Trial or Science Olympiad, our students learn leadership and organizational skills that will serve them well in school and in life. Students who have been exposed to ideas in the classroom extend their excitement by creating opportunities such as Feminism In Literature and Game Theory. Students became excited about renewable technologies through an assembly and tried their hand at innovating by building a solar powered phone charging station in the Architectural Design and Engineering Club. Through their independence and work with peers, students learn about their own strengths and how to navigate around obstacles.
Association to Benefit Children
The group volunteers on Saturdays at this organization. They mentor children and lead recreational activities.
Anthropology and Cultural Exploration Club
This club learns about past societies and cultures. Members conduct research on societies of their choosing and present their findings to the group. Members also discuss their family's culture and traditions, allowing individuals to learn from one another.
Architectural Design and Engineering
The focus of this group is to learn about architectural design and drafting.
Members of this group discuss subjects related to the Classics.
Concerts in Motion
The group provides concerts to the elderly and disadvantaged in their residences and nursing homes.
Members learn to dance with courage and individuality. They create original dance routines and perform at school events.
The team competes in Public Forum debate at local and national tournaments. Students learn argumentation skills, research techniques, and competition strategies. The resolutions under debate typically focus on current events topics. For a list of past topics, click here. 9th-grade students participate in the team through the debate mini-course. Upperclassmen participate through the mini-course and/or the debate activity-advisory.
Inspired by dosomething.org, this group initiates and participate in projects that can help the school community and others.
This activity provides a hands-on learning experience for those interested in technology and/or business. Members will form teams including a member who makes the product, one who markets it, and one who sells it.
Falcons on the Air
This group provides coverage of Riverdale Athletics through a website and social media.
Feminism in Literature
This is a book discussion group.
This group watches movies and discusses them.
The primary purpose of this activity is to organize drives for electronic devices such as video games, consoles/controllers, iPods, DVDs, and DVD players. The group will also organize bake sales and find other ways to raise money to buy new movies and games. These items will be donated to children in the hospital to help improve the quality of their lives.
The purpose of this group is to educate students about Game Theory and to analyze strategies in real life and fictional scenarios.
Girls Learn International
We spread awareness about the gender gap within the United States as well as worldwide. We also spend time discussing feminist issues within our community.
This club is interested in the history and science of clocks and watchmaking.
Human Rights Now!
The group makes the campus a safer and more socially aware environment through local actions with a global connection. Some of these actions include a transgender awareness campaign, a Mental Health Awareness campaign, and a series of Female Health Workshops.
This is the school's art and literary magazine, which has been published for almost 30 years. It is published once a year.
This activity is dedicated to bridging the gap between how students genuinely feel in school every day versus how they want to feel. Through the organization InspirED, led by Yale and Facebook, the group will assess the school’s emotional climate and address the areas most in need of improvement through a creative and collaborative project. The focus is on making a valuable and significant change in the social and emotional landscape of our school by addressing and attempting to eliminate problems identified by both our core group as well as the student body as a whole.
Members of this activity talk about business, the stock market, and investing. They also explore an online simulator game courtesy of Investopedia.
The primary purpose of the RCS Marine Conservation Club is to lead conservation efforts by working with nonprofit organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. We will create conservation projects and apply for funding from national conservation organizations. We will also educate the Riverdale community about marine conservation.
This activity gives students an opportunity to explore challenging math problems and brainteasers that they might not otherwise go over in their regular math class.
This group prepares for Model UN conferences and engages in research and discussion about current events.
The purpose of this group is to create a safe and friendly place for students and faculty members with diverse viewpoints to discuss politics and current events.
This group organizes outdoor activities such as hiking trips and rock climbing.
Riverdale Babel fosters multicultural and linguistic awareness among the Riverdale student body. It provides students with an opportunity to practice writing in foreign languages for a school-wide publication.
Riverdale For Refugees
The primary purpose of this activity is to raise awareness, fundraise, and take action to address the refugee crisis and try to help.
Riverdale Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Club/Best Buddies
This group plans and organizes events to support Best Buddies and Special Olympics. During the course of the year we plan to hold our annual prom working with Best Buddies, participate and fundraise for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, possibly plan a Best Buddies basketball game, and try to encourage members from the activity to go to conferences held throughout the year.
The Riverdale Review is the monthly student newspaper. It gives students an opportunity to report on important and newsworthy topics in the community and to write commentary for the Opinions section.
This is Riverdale's all female, student-run a capella group. Students arrange pieces and perform for the school and outside organizations.
This group brings together three student groups previously known as RivDev, Robotics, and Girls Who Code. The purpose of the activity is to give students a place to learn about technology and to work on a project of their choosing. Right now, this includes working on the Lunch Duty app, the Falcon Games, and the VEX Robotics program, but students are not limited to these projects.
This group supports Robin Hood, which partners with programs that fight poverty in New York City. Members visit groups funded by Robin Hood to learn about their operations and to volunteer. The group also does fundraising for Robin Hood throughout the year.
RCS Science Maker Club
This group collaborates on design projects employing laser-cutting, 3D-printing, and programming using languages such as python and C/C++. This year the group plans to participate in the Lindy 500 competition by building a moving vehicle out of a stair-treadmill and a broken bicycle.
Seneca works locally and globally to promote women by helping them find their power and purpose and connecting them with other women.
The purpose of this activity is to take groups of teens to senior homes and participate in activities with the elders in order to brighten their day.
This group focuses on researching a protein, building it using a 3-D program, and making a presentation about the work at the end of the year at a SMART team conference.
Students Against Hunger
In 2016-2017, this group planted a small vegetable garden on the Hill Campus. This year, the group wants to explore other types of sustainable growing (small hydroponic or aquaponic systems), enhance the conventional soil garden, and install a small greenhouse on campus.
Student Diversity Council
This group seeks to make the RCS community more inclusive and aware of different kinds of diversity.
Student Faculty Council (SFC)
The Student Faculty Council (SFC) is charged with working to improve the community by looking at problems from multiple perspectives. The group is comprised of 12 to 14 members of the student body from grades 9-12 who are elected to the SFC by their classes. The two co-presidents are elected by the entire school. SFC representatives are responsible and thoughtful decision makers who strive to set an excellent example for their peers.
Recent goals of the SFC have been:
- Fostering positive relationships between Middle and Upper School students by creating fun, on-campus bonding events, such as a campus-wide egg hunt.
- Enhancing spirit and community in the Upper School by running events such as the Falcon Games, cookie delivery during finals, and a pizza party after the play-off soccer games.
- Embracing friendly competition with the faculty through the student-faculty basketball game (which the faculty often wins!).
The purpose of this group is to raise environmental awareness throughout the Riverdale community and to encourage sustainable practices.
The members of TedxRCS strengthen their public speaking skills. They choose a topic that they are passionate about, and develop an argument. Then, near the end of the school year, the students present their talks to the Riverdale community. The talks may also be posted on TED’s official website.
This is the all male, student-run a capella group at Riverdale. The members arrange pieces and perform for the school and outside organizations.
The members of this group compete in the city-wide Trial Advocacy competition and learn about law and legal proceedings.
Yearbook - The Riverdalian
This group creates the school's yearbook.
Zawadi by Youth
Founded in 2008, Zawadi by Youth is one of the first high school microfinance-focused groups in the country. Entirely student-run with more than 30 members, the group makes small but significant contributions to microfinance organizations, which then provide loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries who lack access to credit.