Riverdale is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school on two "green" campuses in New York City that provides a rigorous academic program for its students as well as an intentional educational focus on personal development in all divisions.
The school has many traditions that have developed in its 100+ year history, but, at the same time, is a leader in developing educational practices that are relevant to schools in the United States and across the globe. Riverdale provides a comprehensive education that challenges our students, helps them develop meaning and purpose in their lives and, as our mission states "developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good". Riverdale is more than just a school, it is an experience.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
1,151 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Riverdale Country School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
196 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Nov. 15
Tuition Notes
Total Educational Costs for 2019-2020 for Students in PreK-12th Grade: $54,150At Riverdale, our "tuition" includes lunch, books, and all required activities.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Jenna R. King



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
23 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Asian-American Alliance (AAA), BSA (Black Student Alliance), Creative Writing, Dance Club, Debate, Do Something (community organization), Girls Learn International, GLOW (Gay, Lesbian or Whatever), Habitat for Humanity, HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness), Literary magazines (various), Mock Trial, Model U.N., Mythbusters, Peer Tutoring, Riverdale Review school newspaper, Robin Hood, RSPCA (Riverdale Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Spoken Word Club, Student-Faculty Council, Sustainability Committee, Yearbook, Zawadi by Youth Microfinance Club

School Notes

  • Riverdale Country School aims to cultivate the unique talents of its students and to nurture their intellectual, creative, physical, moral, emotional, and social development.
  • Riverdale is a nonprofit, nondenominational institution that is governed by a 31-member Board of Trustees.
  • Riverdale Country School is the largest independent school campus in New York City, with a total of 27.5 acres: the 19.5-acre Middle and Upper School Hill Campus for Grades 6-12, and the 8-acre Lower School River Campus for Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 5.

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