Summer Programs

Riverdale is offering a range of remote summer programs for current and incoming students. Options include coding, science, debate, foreign language, visual and performing arts, fitness training, history, and mini-courses for Upper School students for credit. Learn more. 

Programs

Extraordinary learning experiences develop critical-thinking skills, a sense of purpose, and confidence to make a difference in the world.

Students photograph the lower Manhattan skyline from a ferry in the Hudson River.
As part of a summer Project Knowmad activity, students photograph the lower Manhattan skyline from a ferry in the Hudson River.

Critical Thinking

Riverdale students are active learners who break down complex problems, ask good questions, evaluate evidence, and develop confidence in their own abilities and talents. The in-depth curriculum and extensive co-curricular programs work together to provide knowledge and experience. Lower School students learn to collaborate. Middle School students learn to think for themselves and consider the needs of others. Upper School students design their futures based on their unique strengths, talents, and experiences.


Purpose demands knowing yourself well, your strengths and challenges; it demands reaching out and working with others collaboratively. Purpose is a social endeavor.

Dominic A.A. Randolph
HEAD OF SCHOOL

High Challenge,
High Support

Riverdale sets a high bar. The academic program is challenging, and students also participate in athletics, arts, service-learning, and other co-curricular activities that require effort and commitment. Classroom teachers, deans, advisors, technology integrators, coaches, math and literacy specialists, counselors, and others are always available to provide feedback and support. Student Life programs on both campuses oversee programs related to learning how to learn, health and wellness, identity, and belonging. Excelling at Riverdale is not about standardized tests. It’s about wrestling with complex problems and developing one’s own sense of purpose.


Dr. Cristian Baidal, an Upper School language teacher, takes part in a Lower School Spanish class.
Dr. Cristián Baidal, an Upper School language teacher, takes part in a Lower School Spanish class.
Andrew Abate, head of the Computer Science department, works with students on a robotics activity.
Andrew Abate, head of the Computer Science department, works with students on a robotics activity.

The moments that one remembers, the times that one feels satisfaction, are linked to moments of struggle… Easy successes or simple victories are just not as compelling or memorable.

Dominic A.A. Randolph
HEAD OF SCHOOL

Making a Difference
in the World

What does it take to be a changemaker? With its emphasis on knowledge, character, and experience, Riverdale prepares students to grapple with complex problems and work with others to find solutions. Interdisciplinary thinking plays a role; so does curiosity, creativity, empathy, and a sense of personal responsibility. A Riverdale education gives students the confidence to take on big questions, and a desire to make life better for others.


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