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  • 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

  • RHS Drama presents 'Godspell', March 3-5

    Riverdale High School's production of "Godspell" takes to the grade school’s stage in March with three performances: 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, all in the gym at Riverdale Grade School. Tickets are $10 each, or four for $30, and will be available at the door (cash/check). Come out and support our high school drama students!

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  • Auction ticket sales extended to March 3

    You now have until Friday, March 3 to purchase tickets to the 2017 Riverdale PTC Auction. Unable to attend? Make a contribution now instead.

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  • Sportsmanship, league honors and finals

    Congratulations to the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team for receiving the Sportsmanship Award and to the four basketball players to receive league honors. Also, results from swim finals.

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  • Three 2017 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

    Three Riverdale seniors have been named Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Congratulations to Simon Chuang, Benjamin Goldberg and Wade Klein, who will now be considered for a variety of college scholarships.

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  • Read the Riverdale Review, winter issue

    The latest issue of our district newsletter is full of stories from both our schools, shining a light on curriculum, special programs, upcoming events and features on students and staff. Copies were mailed to parents, neighbors and prospects. You can also read online.

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  • Raise a paddle to our future on March 11

    This year’s auction theme, “Passport to Our Future,” is the perfect way to spotlight the March 11 event’s paddle raise request. With a focus on innovation and exploration, the paddle raise seeks to fund important initiatives both in the grade school and the high school. Click the headline to discover what’s on our schools’ wish lists and buy tickets for the event.

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  • Proposal for making up snow days

    After lengthy conversations about how best to make up for all the snow days we had this year, Riverdale’s administrators and school board have come up with a plan to implement. We encourage your input on the proposal outlined here. Click headline to read.

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  • Deadline for inter-district transfers is June 1

    If you’re seeking an inter-district transfer from your home district, please remember that transfer approvals must be received in writing at the District Office by June 1 each year (to apply to the following year). Learn more.

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  • Announcing 2016-17 Scholastic Art Award winners

    Riverdale High School is excited to announce our 13 Scholastic Art Award winners for 2016-17! Art teacher David Schell reports that our students “had a really good response from the jurors this year” with some earning multiple awards. “The competition is fierce and these are tough awards to get, especially the Gold Keys,” he says.

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  • Riverdale now has its own weather station

    Riverdale has installed its own weather station atop the Commons at Riverdale Grade School. Now, the Riverdale school community can monitor real-time weather conditions at the school using www.weatherunderground.com or the corresponding mobile app. Learn how to access Riverdale's weather data.

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