Programs

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 emphasizes experiential learning and takes students to fascinating corners of New York City. Summer Study hones in on core subjects like computer science, math, and writing, and teaches learning strategies.

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 also is home to ESF Summer Camps for ages 3 to 15. In 2019, activities included camp for 3-year-olds, a camp for ages 4 to 8, a sports camp for ages 6 to 14, a senior camp for ages 9 to 15, and specialty camps for tennis, sports, design, arts, technology, and engineering. Details for 2020 will be announced on Nov. 12.


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 is a full-day academic program for Middle Schoolers that focuses on computer science, math, and critical reading and writing. Taught by Riverdale faculty, the program emphasizes learning strategies. Students may choose one, two, or three-week sessions. In 2019, courses were offered in analytical reading and writing, pre-algebra, and programming in JavaScript.


 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 is an experiential learning program that uses New York City as a classroom. Knowmad’s week-long classes are open to rising fifth graders and older. In 2019, Riverdale offered learning adventures involving gallery visits, food explorations, drawing, coding, cooking, and technology. Rising fifth graders are eligible as well as Middle and Upper Schoolers.┬áRegistration for 2020 will begin Dec. 9.