We are delighted that you are interested in applying to Riverdale. Below, you will learn about our application process. The goal of our process is to get to know our applicants and their families in as many ways as we can. We look forward to meeting you!
Attend a Parent Group Tour
Parent group tours are conducted throughout the fall. Parent group tours are not held on the same days as candidate interviews. You can find a list of available dates on our Admission Events page.
Please visit www.ravenna-hub.com to create an account. Look for Riverdale Country School in the Online Directory and click Open Houses for All Grades to register for a tour. For helpful hints to using Ravenna, please click here.
We require families to complete a two-part application. Complete our online application by starting an account in Ravenna at www.ravenna-hub.com. Look for Riverdale Country School in the Online Directory to begin your application. You must submit the admission application and $60 application fee before you will be able to schedule your interview appointment.
Please submit your Preliminary Forms (Admission Application) by Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Final Forms (all supplemental materials) are due on Friday, January 5, 2018. If you are interested in submitting a late application, please contact the Admission Office before completing an online application.
Riverdale provides application fee waivers for students from the following programs: Boys Club, Breakthrough New York, De La Salle Academy, Early Steps, George Jackson Academy, Oliver Scholars, Prep for Prep, REACH Prep, and TEAK. Applicants from the A Better Chance Program will also receive fee waivers. A Better Chance students will be contacted by our office when they are invited to apply. If you require a fee waiver, regardless of your participation in these programs, please contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com.
Please note that the student name, parent name(s) and address(es), and sibling name(s) are entered in the Student Profile. If you need to make changes to this information, please click Go Back to Applications and then click Student Profile on the left.
1st-5th Grade Applicants: We consider applications to these grades based on attrition. Please note that financial aid for these grades is limited. If we are able to consider the child's application, we will contact the family by December 15 to schedule an interview. If you are applying from outside the New York City metropolitan area and are visiting New York in the fall, please call the Lower School Admission Office to discuss interview date possibilities. Please submit the application, send the prior year report card to firstname.lastname@example.org, and submit the AABL (Grade 1 applicants), ECAA (Grade 2-4 applicants), or the ISEE or SSAT (Grade 5 applicants) by December 1, and we will determine if we can interview your child.
Riverdale carefully considers the many dimensions of a balanced elementary classroom when creating a class, including gender, personality, diversity, ability, and age range. The birthdate range of September 1st to September 1st typically works well for our program. However, we pay close attention to each child's development and we are happy to discuss your child's placement at the time of the student interview. We encourage open and honest dialogue between prospective families and the Admission team.
Please refer to the chart below for suggested grade level/date of birth placement:
Birthdate Range for 2018-2019 Academic Year
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Admission Office.
Schedule an Interview
Pre-Kindergarten Applicants: Applicants to Pre-Kindergarten may interview in late December and early January. We will call Pre-Kindergarten applicants after November 1 to schedule the interview.
Each interview is scheduled for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The visit is designed as a combination of a group experience and a one-on-one interview to individually assess each candidate. We also meet with the parents or guardians who accompany the child for about 15 minutes. This is an opportunity to ask questions and to share information about the child. We have a comfortable, supervised waiting room for the children during this time.
Kindergarten Applicants: Please contact us to schedule your child's interview at least 24 hours after you have submitted the Preliminary Forms of the application. The deadline to schedule an interview is Friday, November 17, 2017. The Lower School Admission Office can be reached at (718) 432-4802. Kindergarten applicants may interview between late September and late December 2017.
Each interview is scheduled for approximately 45 minutes. The visit is designed as a one-on-one interview to individually assess each candidate. During this time, your child will spend approximately 30 minutes with a member of our Admission Team. We also meet with the parents or guardians who accompany the child for about 15 minutes. This is an opportunity to ask questions and to share information about the child. We have a comfortable, supervised waiting room for the children during this time.
1st-5th Grade Applicants: If we are able to consider the child's application, we will contact the family by December 15 to schedule an interview. If you are applying from outside the New York City metropolitan area and are visiting New York in the fall, please call the Lower School Admission Office to discuss interview date possibilities. Please submit the application, send the prior year report card to email@example.com, and submit the AABL (Grade 1 applicants), ECAA (Grade 2-4 applicants), or the ISEE or SSAT (Grade 5 applicants) by December 1, and we will determine if we can interview your child.
Request Candidate Evaluation Form
Once an applicant has created an account in Ravenna, they will be able to generate the required school forms. The Candidate Evaluation Form should be completed by your child's principal, head of school, or current teacher and returned directly to the Office of Admission. You will be able to request the appropriate forms through the Ravenna system by assigning the form to a teacher/administrator via e-mail.
All teacher evaluations are due on Friday, January 5, 2018.
Please note that if you try to print any forms through Ravenna, you should first ensure that your Pop-up blocker is turned off.
Finally, please recognize that financial aid form status will not be updated in Ravenna. Please check the TADS system to monitor your financial aid application.
Register for Testing
As a member of the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), Riverdale Country School participates in testing programs administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) and the Enrollment Management Association. Kindergarten through Grade 1 applicants must take the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners). Students entering Grades 2 through 4 are required to take the ECAA. Students applying to Grade 5 must take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). Visit the ERB website or the SSAT website as soon as possible to schedule a test date.
Please be sure that we have been added as a score recipient.
Please note that there is no required testing for applicants to Pre-Kindergarten.