Riverdale / Kingsbridge Academy (Middle School / High School 141) (RKA)

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick

Our Insights

What’s Special

Well-regarded neighborhood school; lots of sports and activities

The Downside

Some concerns about discipline

Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy (RKA), serving grades 6 to 12, is a well-regarded neighborhood school. Nearly all students live in the surrounding community and most stay through high school. Students enjoy traditions such as homecoming pep rallies, field days and dances as well as a nice array of activities.

RKAs middle school has an honors track for high achievers and a strong arts program. Sixth-graders take a different arts class each semester, choosing among visual arts, vocal and band. They then choose one to concentrate in for 7th and 8th grade.

The high school offers Spanish and French plus a range of honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Attendance is strong and middle school state test scores exceed the citywide average. By 8th grade, roughly half of the students earn high school credit taking courses in algebra and earth science.

The college readiness rate among high school graduates exceeds the citywide average. Roughly half of the high school students take a college-level course.

There are some concerns about discipline, with thirty-eight percent of students reporting bullying or intimidation among peers, according to the 2019-20 NYC School Survey.

To promote a more supportive environment, the staff implemented a program that rewards students for positive behavior such as punctuality, respect, independence, determination and enthusiasm, according to the 2016-17 Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). As a result, suspensions have declined by 50 percent, the CEP says.

RKA ramped up its academic support by increasing the number of teachers available for tutoring outside of regular class time, according to the CEP.

The school fields both middle and high school sports teams and a wide array of free after-school activities run onsite by the Riverdale Community Center (RCC). Students may also participate in a teen theater program run by RCC.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned students only for middle school. For high school, there are typically a few seats available to Bronx students or residents not zoned for the school. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, August 2017).




School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

RKA Humanities

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Our Mission: The Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy is a community of learners embracing diversity and educating young minds to meet the challenges of their world today and tomorrow. We create an environment of academics, arts, athletics and activities that engages all students to learn and collaborate together so they can become creative, independent, critical thinkers who embody a life-long love of learning.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


660 West 237th Street
Bronx NY 10463

Trains: N/A

Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx20, Bx7, BxM1, BxM18, BxM2


Principal: Lori Omara

Parent Coordinator: Julia Prince


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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