Dean System

The Upper School deans, who travel with their respective classes through their four years of high school, oversee the coherence and successful integration of all components of students’ lives at Riverdale, including course selection and academic and social adjustment. The deans promote a sense of community by generating student support for school activities and developing class programs. The goal of the dean program is to ensure that each student’s progress is monitored and supported by an administrator and that his or her particular concerns are given individual attention. The deans also serve as advisors to parents, hosting group meetings several times a year and communicating regularly with parents about their children’s experiences at school.

Through their involvement in the Curriculum Committee and scheduling process, the deans acquire a nuanced understanding of teaching and learning goals as well as desired student outcomes.

According to one Riverdale student, "It's great to know that your dean is always there if you need to talk to anyone about anything from the classes you're taking to your favorite TV show. My dean is much more than a teacher, he's like another parent."

Upper School Deans

Carol Pouliot
Dean of the Class of 2021

Cat Crocker
Dean of the Class of 2020

Julie Choi
Dean of the Class of 2019 

Susan Polise
Dean of the Class of 2018 




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 >

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