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, pursuing a passion for singing, dance, and film, or preparing for competitions for Model United Nations or the Debate Team, 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 Game Theory, Data Science Club, Human Rights Now!, Outing Club, and Architecture 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.
The club learns about past societies and cultures. Members conduct research on societies of their choosing and present their findings to the group.
Architecture and Engineering
The group learns about architectural design and drafting. Last year, the group made a geodome measuring 15 feet in diameter.
The group will promote social activism through art, literary works, and digital media.
The group organizes chess games and works on strategy.
City Meals on Wheels
The group organizes events to support City Meals on Wheels, including packing food packages and educating others about hunger in New York City.
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.
Data Science Club
The group explores the applications of computer science to statistics from sports, economics, and everyday life.
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. 9th-grade students participate in the team through the debate mini-course. Upperclassmen participate through the mini-course and/or the debate activity-advisory.
Do Something intends to give everyone at Riverdale the opportunity to actively participate in projects that can help our community and other communities. We organize hands-on projects/activities, as opposed to organizing drives and bake sales.
Falcons on the Air
Our goal is to share Riverdale sports teams scores and special information to the broader Riverdale community.
This group watches acclaimed movies and discusses them.
Riverdale Community Partners (Game Knights)
The mission of our club is to bring games and toys to children who would not otherwise have access to them, while providing them with company and emotional support. We volunteer periodically at the Ittleson Center in Riverdale after school (which is walking distance from our campus) and play games with the students there.
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.
GLOW (Gay, Lesbian Or Whatever)
GLOW is an educational and activist space for LGBTQ+ students and their straight allies to explore both gender and sexual orientation.
The team takes part in regional competitions.
This club is interested in the history and science of clocks and watchmaking.
Human Rights Now!
We strive to create a heightened consciousness about social and political injustices on campus through assemblies, newsletters and other programming.
This is the school's art and literary magazine, which has been published for almost 30 years. It is published once a year.
Our group focuses on understanding and improving the social climate at Riverdale. We focus on many aspects of student culture such as gratitude, interconnectedness, and responsibility. For more information, check out this link.
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.
Members of this activity talk about business, the stock market, and investing. They also explore an online simulator game courtesy of Investopedia.
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.
Outside the Lines
This group provides for a forum for discussing athlete activists and the intersection of sports and the politics.
RCS Marine Conservation
RCS Marine Conservation Club works 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.
Riverdale Anti-Gun Violence Coalition
The group educates students about gun violence, provides resources for activism, and acts as a liaison between Riverdale and the national movement.
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.
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 cappella group. Students arrange pieces and perform for the school and outside organizations.
The purpose of our activity is to give students a place to learn about technology/robotics and to work on any kind of technology project they want. Right now, this includes working on the Lunch Duty app, Looking Glass, the Falcon Games, and the VEX Robotics program, among other things, but students are not limited to only 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.
Seneca Women is a global leadership platform seeking to advance women and girls through connecting them and discussing issues they face and how they can help each other. Our branch of this platform will focus on exploring the environment Riverdale creates for girls.
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.
This group teaches its members about sports analytics.
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.
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 cappella group at Riverdale. The members arrange pieces and perform for the school and outside organizations.
The group is for students who are interested in researching and writing articles about science.
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.