Sketching at Coney Island with Project Knowmad.
Sketching at Coney Island with Project Knowmad.

Summer Programs

Every summer, Riverdale offers a range of academic and recreational programs to its students and students from other schools.

Open to Riverdale students and others, Project Knowmad and Summer Study at Riverdale offer different ways of learning with Riverdale faculty. Project Knowmad, June 8 to June 19, emphasizes experiential learning and takes students to fascinating corners of New York City. Summer Study, June 15 to June 26, hones in on core subjects such as coding, pre-algebra, analytical reading and writing, and creative writing, and re-enforces strategies that improve learning.

Riverdale students in Middle and Upper School also can take part in global trips, outdoor adventures, and the Summer Science Research Program.

Riverdale’s Hill Campus is also home to ESF Summer Camps for students in preschool through high school. In 2020, programs include:

  • Day Camp for children entering preschool through second grade
  • SportsLab, Powered by Under Armour, for students entering first grade through ninth grade
  • Senior Camp for students entering third grade through ninth grade
  • Tennis Camp for students entering first grade through 10th grade
  • Specialty and Technology Camps for students entering kindergarten through seventh grade

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Summer Study allows students to hone in on a single subject.
Focusing on math in Summer Study.
Computer science is one of the options in the Summer Study Program.
Learning about coding in Summer Study.

Summer Study at Riverdale

Summer Study at Riverdale, June 15 to June 26, is a two-week, full-day, academic program for students in sixth through ninth grades that focuses on coding, pre-algebra, analytical reading and writing, and creative writing. Taught by Riverdale faculty, the program emphasizes learning strategies and also offers plenty of outdoor activities on the River Campus. Use this link to enroll your child. 

 Visiting the Columbia University Computer Music Center, home of the oldest music computer in North America and other modular and analog synthesizers.

Project Knowmad

Project Knowmad, June 8-June 19, is an experiential learning program that uses New York City as a classroom. Knowmad’s week-long classes are open to rising sixth graders and older. Registration is now open for summer 2020. Riverdale will offer seven learning adventures involving gallery visits, writing, drawing, design, coding, cooking, and technology. Classes meet each weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Non-Riverdale students may also apply. Complete course descriptions and application information can be found here