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Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good.

Values, outcomes and principles leading to the development of a R+ mindset

MIND VALUES

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

LEARNING PRINCIPLES

openmindedness

understand major questions, concepts and skills in the disciplines

intellectual humility

listen, read and observe while asking good questions

curiosity

construct, analyze and evaluate arguments textually, quantitatively, visually and evidentially

learning is helped by developing a “growth” mindset, understanding of “effective effort” and more broadly by a “metacognitive” stance to learning

build confidence through creative thinking and design thinking develop as learning experts and expert learners

awareness of the importance of understanding misconceptions and prior knowledge to improve learning new learning builds upon previous learning by the learner and through effective reflection

CHARACTER VALUES

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

LEARNING PRINCIPLES

honesty

understand and embrace one’s own character skills and those of others

recognize that learning is both a rational and emotional process

grow the ability to reflect upon one’s character development

apply learning to actual tasks in the real world and through deliberate practice

kindness respect integrity

practice effective ethical decision-making become a successful change agent know and practice healthy lifestyle habits

learning is difficult and demands productive and reflective “grit”

COMMUNITY VALUES

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

LEARNING PRINCIPLES

empathy

communicate well digitally; quantitatively; in more than one language; in writing and orally; and visually

learning often improves through social interaction

understanding selflessness

collaborate well and knowing how to lead/be part of diverse teams engage with the immediate, local and global communities be culturally adaptable, culturally fluent and empathetic

plan for lifelong learning mindfully engage use timely and objective feedback to improve learning

Riverdale Mission, Values, Outcomes, Learning Principles  
Riverdale Mission, Values, Outcomes, Learning Principles  

The poster describes the key aspects of the Riverdale Country School educational experience.