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 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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  • High school transcripts

    Final senior year transcripts will be sent to colleges by June 23. Each student's transcript goes to the college that they have listed in Naviance as their final choice. See what to do if a college says it hasn't been received.

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  • Meet four senior awards recipients

    Among the seniors recognized during the 2017 Senior Awards Assembly were the recipients of the Nathan Sibell Memorial Scholarship, the Maverick Award and two Principal's Honorable Mentions. Take a look.

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  • Senior Exhibitions reach final stage

    On Monday, our seniors delivered their Senior Exhibition presentations to audiences of their peers, teachers, parents and community members.

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  • Top finishes and records set by track and field teams

    Mavericks had top finishes with two athletes moving on to state championships. Falcons set eight new school records and won the Sub-District meet for the first time ever.

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  • Where will you find the class of 2017 next year?

    This year’s class received 269 acceptances to 135 colleges/programs in the United States, Canada and even Europe, and was offered more than $10 million in scholarships. Click to find out where.

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  • A look back at District Arts Night 2017

    We’re delighted so many of your could join us to celebrate our students’ art last week at our annual District Arts Night. Check out these photos and local newspaper article.

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  • 2017 Oregonian Cup: RHS finishes 11th out of 41 schools

    The Oregonian Cup recognizes overall excellence by schools in academics, activities and athletics, and honors a school's students, teachers, coaches and the entire school community. Riverdale sports teams finishing this year with a combined ranking of 11th out of 41 3A schools shows that we have well-rounded athletic programs and athletes.

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  • 2017-18 School Year Calendar released

    At the April 17 board meeting, the Riverdale School Board adopted the high school and grade school academic calendars for 2017-18. Here are the key dates.

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  • Another international bridge building win for Riverdale

    Riverdale High School has once again claimed bridge-building victory! Congratulations to sophomore Glenn Sutter for earning 1st place in the 2017 International Bridge Building Competition and kudos also to junior Fisher Ng, who placed 17th.

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