Director's Welcome

By choosing to become a Falcon, you are part of a long-standing tradition of success and pride both in the classroom and on the playing field and courts.

You have the opportunity for an amazing athletic experience that will supplement your Riverdale Country School education as well as prepare you for a healthy life after Riverdale. In addition to our customary success on the fields and courts, we have instilled in each student-athlete the virtues of sportsmanship, character, and commitment.

Our mission is simple: provide a positive athletic experience for each student-athlete within the program. This holds true for the accomplished athlete, with his or her sights set on collegiate athletics, or the novice, looking to enjoy the experience of being on a team and working for a common goal.

We have three Athletic Trainers to help our athletes with prevention, care, and maintenance of injuries. Our Strength and Conditioning Coach works with our teams and with individual athletes on improving core strength. Our Director of Coaching finds the best coaches for each team and through continual assessment, feedback, and professional development, improves our teams by coaching our 151 coaches.

Take pride in this chance to represent RIVERDALE in a first-class manner; you are now part of an extended network that goes beyond graduation and will always be part of your life. 

Go Falcons, 

John Pizzi
Director of Athletics

Student Athletes, for Real

Director of Athletics John Pizzi, on the balance of athletics, academics and community at Riverdale.

Amazing Participation

Find out why more than 80% of our Upper School student are active.

Connect with RCS Athletics

If you have comments, questions, or ideas, please reach out to John Pizzi at

Athletic Partnerships

John Pizzi is the Executive Secretary of the NYSAIS Athletic Association. Riverdale participates in the Ivy Preparatory School League.

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 >

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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