When we talk about community, we refer to the relationships that can be seen in every facet of the school’s life. Empathy, honesty, kindness, and respect are core values that underlie the work that we do and contribute to a capacity for lifelong learning.
A community of learners
The Riverdale community reaches across generations, continents, cultures, and life experiences. Our youngest members can be found at the Infant and Toddler Center on campus. Our most senior members can still remember Frank S. Hackett, the first head of school (1907-1949). Our ranks include a U.S. senator, a governor, an Olympic medalist, and award-winning scientists, writers, actors, composers, movie directors, entrepreneurs, songwriters, artists, and journalists.
A network that spans the globe
While students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff are at the center of the day-to-day life of the school, the Riverdale community extends far and wide. Repeat visits by student groups to New Orleans; Detroit; Christchurch, New Zealand; and Valladolid, Spain, have led to partnerships with schools, families, and community groups in those cities. Administrators and teachers travel to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and points across the Americas to speak and collaborate with other educators. Visiting educators frequent our campus, bringing with them new ideas and taking away best practices that they can share with colleagues.