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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.

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News

  • 2019 Mock Trial team advances to state

    After facing strong competition at the regional level, Riverdale’s blue team was one of five Multnomah County teams to qualify for the state competition, and the white team did better than ever before.

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  • Riverdale's bridge building reign continues

    Riverdale once again swept all top 20 spots at the 2019 Oregon Regional Model Bridge Contest, with the top two students qualifying to move on to the international competition.

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  • Art recognition for RHS students

    Seven RHS students were recognized for their submissions to the Scholastic Art Awards, including two Gold Keys, three Silver Keys and four Honorable Mentions. Additionally, two paintings by RHS students were selected to hang in Sen. Rob Wagner’s office in Salem this winter and spring.

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  • Student poetry shared on NPR

    From over 2,000 submissions to NPR, three Riverdale students’ entries were selected for the final crowd-sourced love poem heard all over the world.

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  • 2019 RHS basketball achievements

    For the first time, the Riverdale girls’ basketball team is the 3A Lewis & Clark League and District Tournament Champions! Plus, the team received the Les Schwab Team of the Month award and was nominated for the OSAA Sportsmanship Award. Both girls' and boys' teams earned All League honors. Read more.

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  • Scholastic writing award winners

    We’re so proud of the nine Riverdale middle school students who have received awards or honorable mentions for their writing in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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  • 2019 school year calendar

    Download the year-at-a-glance version and see all the key dates and breaks for 2019-20.

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  • Division 22 compliance notice

    Each year, school districts are required to report to our communities regarding the status of our compliance with the Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools as set out in OAR Chapter 581, Division 22.

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  • Riverdale students tackle PSU Honors College coursework

    This three-trimester PSU Honors College course not only provides a total of 15 college credits, its content more closely aligns to Riverdale’s desire to focus on diversity, awareness and fostering a greater sense of empathy for differences.

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  • Brain breaks make a big difference

    Have you ever wondered what is happening in your child’s brain when, for example, they have a temper tantrum or get stuck on a negative emotion? Well, they do, too. That’s why our young students are exploring their brains and learning to build more adaptive ways of handling big emotions.

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