Why Riverdale

Leading Innovation

Riverdale is a school with a long history of innovation: igniting the “country school” movement in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, championing global education in the 1940s and 1950s, and creating new interdisciplinary courses in the 1980s and 1990s.

This willingness to rethink the status quo and examine new research regarding cognitive science, psychology, and education has made Riverdale a global leader in character education and its related field, positive education; experiential learning; interdisciplinary studies; design thinking; “learning how to learn” strategies; and programs that promote the development of purpose.

Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph is on the board of directors of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a group of leading educators from across the country who are designing a new high school transcript to reflect a student’s unique skills, strengths, and interests.


This new era requires the ability to generate new ideas, to develop them through mastery of such skills as storytelling, design, and collaboration, and to drive them to realization through entrepreneurship.

John Kao ’68
Riverdale Board of trustees

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