Peer Mentoring

Riverdale's Peer Assistance and Leadership program (PAL) is an opportunity for selected older students to work closely with groups of seventh or ninth grade students. Faculty "Elders" train 20 juniors and 20 seniors. Beginning in October, pairs of peer leaders meet weekly with small groups of either seventh or ninth graders for discussion and activities relating to adolescence and life at Riverdale. Leaders create activities around issues of school life, family situation, grade-wide situations, gender, fitting-in, alcohol and substance use, parties, being a role model, saying “no”, authority, politics, race, class, and ethnicity.

The Peer Leaders experience leadership circumstances and learn the art of keeping a conversation going, reading the group dynamic, creating activities around issues, and having a conversation about the affective side of life at Riverdale. The leaders have a tremendous responsibility to create and evaluate their work, to create effective activities, and to work closely with their partners.


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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Approximately 20 percent of Riverdale students receive some level of financial aid. Go There >

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