Welcome

  • Our simple but powerful goal is to produce students who know how to use their minds well. 

    We ask ourselves: How can we encourage students, as they engage in their learning, to embrace challenge and complexity, take initiative, consider other perspectives, speculate and experiment, innovate and be bold? It is important that we help them grow academically, psychologically and emotionally to be better prepared to continue their education in the future. 

    Located in the Portland metropolitan area, Riverdale offers a unique PreK-12 educational environment that rivals local private schools. Consider it the best aspects of independent schooling in a small, intimate public school setting. In addition to the students from our district, we also welcome students from the surrounding communities through transfer and tuition options.

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 Opportunities for enrollment

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Opportunities for enrollment

Students moving into our Portland, Oregon district are welcome to join Riverdale Grade School or Riverdale High School at any point in the school year. Non-resident students seeking the sought-after Riverdale education can take part in our annual enrollment lottery. Requests are accepted September through mid-February for the following school year – similar to Portland area private schools. During that time, we offer several ways to visit our two schools so you can determine if Riverdale is the right fit for you.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ENROLLMENT PROCESS.

 An 'essential' academic program

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An 'essential' academic program

While aligned with the Common Core Curriculum, what sets Riverdale's PreK-12 academic program apart is our integration of the 10 Common Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. We focus on helping students learn to use their minds well, emphasize depth over breadth to instill mastery of subject matter, personalize our teaching for our students and stress high expectations while fostering an ‘unanxious’ environment in which students feel empowered to learn.

EXPLORE ACADEMICS AT RIVERDALE.

 An eye toward college

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An eye toward college

The college-going culture at Riverdale High School begins freshman year. And upon graduation, our seniors possess the skills, motivation and self-awareness needed to succeed in college and in life. Riverdale graduates continue their academic careers at some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities.

SEE HOW WE SET THE TONE FOR COLLEGE.

 The arts are at the heart of our school

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The arts are at the heart of our school

Riverdale continues to demonstrate its commitment to both visual and performing arts by making art a core academic subject area. Students at Riverdale Grade School and Riverdale High School experience an extensive visual arts curriculum and a strong program for musical expression, along with drama program offerings.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR ART PROGRAMS.

 Campus life for students and parents

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Campus life for students and parents

Riverdale is an exciting, energetic place where our PreK-12 students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities – both in and out of the classroom. We nurture a passion for personal interests, a habit of critical thinking and a comprehensive understanding of civic virtue. From extensive field studies, service learning requirements and student leadership to engaging clubs and academic teams, our students are challenged intellectually and welcomed for who they are. And parents play a big part, too.

DISCOVER CAMPUS LIFE AT RIVERDALE SCHOOLS.

 Athletics at Riverdale

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Athletics at Riverdale

Our interscholastic athletics program is an integral part of our students’ experience, reinforcing what they learn in the classroom. Our athletes develop leadership skills, respect for others and tenacity as they work together to achieve a common goal. On average, more than 80 percent of Riverdale’s 5th-12th grade students participate in some form of organized athletics. Go Mavericks! Go Falcons!

LEARN MORE ABOUT RIVERDALE ATHLETICS.

News

  • Riverdale produces ‘chart-topping test scores’, Oregonian shares our secrets

    Today’s news is filled with coverage on the release of state test scores from last spring and how “Oregon students lost ground.” However, we’re pleased to say that Riverdale is a notable exception.

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  • Proposed policy changes – how do they affect you?

    The Riverdale School Board is continually reviewing district policies to see how they measure up to the impacts of law changes and other school districts’ policies. As needed, policies are adjusted to keep our policy manual as clear and current as possible. The board is currently working on two policy changes for probable adoption at the next school board meeting. See what they are and how they could affect you.

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  • Riverdale students show trend of increased college-readiness, says ACT report

    This month we received a report on the achievement and college-readiness of Riverdale’s graduating classes of 2013-2017. The evidence shows that RHS students are extremely prepared for college academically. While the scores have been well above the state average each year, the five-year trend showed a consistent increase in our students’ average ACT scores.

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  • Oct. 3 Town Hall: The Heart of Riverdale

    The Riverdale School Board invites the entire school community to the first of two Town Hall events this school year. Join us for an informational and interactive evening of community, conversation and questions. Click for details.

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  • Annual state testing notice

    This year, students will take the assessment in the spring. Read on for more information about the test, why participation matters and how you can support your child.

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  • New students use teamwork to ‘escape’

    Our brand new high school students started school ahead of everyone else, to get acquainted with the school and each other. One particularly memorable activity was the “Escape Room” simulation in the library.

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  • Summer space exploration

    Senior Logan Bundy experienced a once in a lifetime internship opportunity this summer – working for NASA. Click to learn more.

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  • Minor policy changes help district, PTC and foundation work collaboratively

    Slight clarifications have been made to Riverdale’s policies on directory information and personally identifiable information simply to allow for more collaboration between the district, PTC and foundation, and further communication between these entities and our parents. Click to learn more about the changes, view the policies and learn your rights.

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  • Superintendent Brandon will retire in June 2018

    After 44 years in education, Superintendent Brandon can't think of a better district in which to cap off his career. Read his message to the Riverdale community explaining his plans.

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  • Riverdale teachers and schools ranked high, report says

    We’ve always been impressed by our teaching staff, and it seems we’re not the only ones. According to the 2018 ratings report by consumer research site Niche, Riverdale is No. 1 for having the best teachers and for being best place to teach in Oregon. We also have the best public elementary and middle school in the state. Our high school and school district were also among the top three. Way to go, Riverdale! Learn more.

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