Project Week

Middle School students use their creativity in different ways during Project Week, which takes place in January between the first and second semesters.

In 2017, 23 workshops were offered, covering a wide of experiences. Students could learn about medicine through a "Lenox Anatomy" workshop at Lennox Hill Hospital. They could study fashion design with a New York designer, cooking with a renowned chef, film production with a Hollywood director, theater production with the staff of Wicked, sports journalism, speciality food businesses, "Escape the Room" puzzle-solving, and other activities focused on art, design, business, music, science, sports, and the outdoors. 

Juice Press

Students learned about entrepreneurship and the natural food business at Juice Press.

Movie Making

Brad Anderson, a Riverdale parent and director of the upcoming film Beirut, led a workshop on how movies are put together.  

Other recent workshops have included: 

  • "Sports Journalism at Yankee Stadium": A group of students conducted a mock interview with Brian Cashman and talked with sports journalists at the New York Post during Project Week in 2016. Watch the video. 
  • "Dinosaurs, Lasers, and Robots'": Students built a life-sized woolly mammoth. Read the news story. 
  • "Modern Apothecary": Botany, bacteria, and beauty/personal care. Students learned about how plants can be used for a myriad of purposes. 
  • "Robocode": Students programmed Sphero, the robotic ball, for a golf game and a mission with a drone.
  • "Butter Jam": Students designed and built their own musical instruments using all kinds of materials, and then formed a band and made a music video. 
  • Creating the Terra Chip: How do new products get created? Working with Hain Celestial Company, pictured above, students learned about creating, producing and marketing new foods. Read the news story.
  • Exploring Van Cortlandt Park: Students investigated the history of the park and its relationship to the surrounding community, documenting their research and experiences with photography and short narratives. Read the news story. 
  • White Mountains: A Winter Exploration: Students learned technical skills for winter camping and hiking as well as leadership styles, group dynamics, and risk assessment during a trip to Cardigan Mountain in New Hampshire. Read the news story.

MS Curriculum

Explore our Middle School curriculum to learn what students are working on in each grade level.

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