What if the Secret to Success is Failure?
Dominic Randolph can seem a little out of place at Riverdale Country School ‹ which is odd, because he?s the headmaster. Riverdale is one of New York City?s most prestigious private schools, with a 104-year-old campus that looks down grandly on Van Cortlandt Park from the top of a steep hill in the richest part of the Bronx. On the discussion boards of UrbanBaby.com, worked-up moms from the Upper East Side argue over whether Riverdale sends enough seniors to Harvard, Yale and Princeton to be considered truly TTÓ (top-tier, in UrbanBabyese), or whether it is more accurately labeled 2TÓ (second-tier), but it is, certainly, part of the city?s private-school elite, a place members of the establishment send their kids to learn to be members of the establishment. Tuition starts at $38,500 a year, and that?s for prekindergarten.