Our Programs

Middle School teams are open to all 7th and 8th graders who wish to compete. The main purpose of this program is to develop knowledge of a sport and understanding of the team philosophy. Other goals include: social growth, physical development, and working within a group. The main focus is not on winning; student-athletes should be exposed to a competitive balance. Practice sessions and competitions are four days per week, Monday to Thursday. Practices and competitions follow the academic calendar; no practices or competitions take place on weekends, holidays, or during vacation periods.

Upper School students may choose to take physical education classes during the school day or try out for interscholastic teams that practice and compete after school. Riverdale fields 29 varsity teams in sports for boys and girls, and junior varsity teams in most of these. Games are scheduled with independent and public schools of similar size and level of skill.

Education-Based Athletics

Director of Athletics John Pizzi discusses the future of athletic programming at Riverdale.

Connect with RCS Athletics

If you have comments, questions, or ideas, please reach out to John Pizzi at jpizzi@riverdale.edu.

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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