News from Rye Country Day

Rye Country Day School kicked off its inaugural event for the Character, Leadership, and Ethics Speaker Series by inviting Dr. Joshua Bennett '06 to address students in all three divisions. Dr. Bennett recited several of his poems from his debut poetry collection, The Sobbing School, which was published earlier this fall. He then answered questions about his writing process, his time as a student at RCDS, the values that he seeks to demonstrate in his life, and his goals and hopes for the future. His message to students emphasized the importance of love - love for one another, and love for what you do.
Four RCDS students were recognized in the Rye Sustainability Committee's Healthy Yard Design Contest.
Over 50 Upper and Middle School students and faculty attended a Wildcats Around the World presentation, featuring a roundtable discussion with three students who shared their experiences about living and studying abroad last summer: Harrison Kadish '18 (China), Celeste Kelly '18 (France), and Maddie Zuber '18 (Spain). French teacher Maggie Parker moderated the panel, which brought to life the excitement and challenges of living in a foreign country. The next Wildcats Around the World will take place later in December.
Alumni from the classes of 1972 to 2014 gathered at The Princeton Club for a fall reception. Michael Lazar '87, president of the Alumni Executive Board, welcomed the group and introduced Headmaster Scott Nelson, who provided a full update on the school year, including the recently launched Advancing a Tradition of Excellence capital campaign.
For the past several years, RCDS has built an ongoing partnership with Wema Children's Centre in Kenya. Wema, which means "goodness" in Swahili, is a community-based organization formed to give poor and orphaned children a home and a high quality education.
Students in AP Environmental Science visited Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY. This year, they participated in the new Mobile Kitchen Classroom program, which included a farm-to-table cooking component.
Meet Matt Rosolen, Middle School administrator, beloved teacher and coach. Mr. Rosolen has been at RCDS for 16 years, and currently serves as Dean of Boys for grades 7 and 8, the Middle School scheduler, and as a mathematics teacher.

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Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative and social endeavors. We are actively committed to diversity. We expect and promote moral responsibility, and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.

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About RCDS

We are a Pre-K through Grade 12 co-educational independent day school dedicated to inspiring excellence with a purpose.


Academics at RCDS are demanding. They are also stimulating, inventive, exciting, and fun.


Our School motto, "Not for Self, But for Service," is at the heart of everything we do.


Dedicated faculty and outstanding facilities inspire passions for dance, music, theater, and visual arts.


Physical education is a critical component of an RCDS education, and the Wildcats play on 72 interscholastic teams.


The best way to get to know us is to visit campus. Please attend an Open House, or schedule a visit by calling 914-925-4513.


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