RCDS students are...

With an 8:1 Student/Faculty ratio, RCDS teachers really know and connect with their students. Our teachers are innovative in their approaches to teaching and highly knowledgeable in their subject areas. Approximately 87 percent have advanced degrees, including many doctorates.
Meet our faculty.→
A well-defined code of conduct emphasizes respect for others, the importance of service, and academic integrity. The school-wide Public Purpose initiative promotes an integrated framework through which students learn how to contribute meaningfully to their communities, near and far. Learn more about Public Purpose at RCDS→
Our students come from more than 40 school districts throughout Westchester County, Fairfield County, and New York City. The student body is multicultural and socioeconomically diverse. RCDS has a $4.8 million annual budget for need-based financial aid, which serves 16 percent of the student body. Learn more about Diversity at RCDS→
The Athletic Program is broad enough to prepare gifted athletes to compete at the college level, while also ensuring that all students are exposed to the lifelong benefits of physical fitness and team participation. Learn more about athletics at RCDS→

The Arts are woven into the fabric of student life at RCDS. Dedicated teachers and outstanding facilities inspire passions for dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Learn more about the Arts at RCDS.
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Welcome to Rye Country Day

Rye Country Day School students enjoy a challenging educational experience that combines intellectual mastery with real-world perspective. Our students are bright, articulate, and engaged. They excel academically while also exploring art, music, athletics, and many other endeavors. Throughout their years at RCDS, students discover their unique strengths, expand on their capabilities, develop their intellects, and strive for the exceptional. As a result, they are accepted into and flourish in the best colleges and universities.

RCDS at a Glance

Overview

Founded

1869 by Susan J. Life.

Grades

Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

  • Lower School - Pre-K - Grade 4
  • Middle School - Grades 5 - 8
  • Upper School - Grades 9-12

Students

Rye Country Day has a diverse and inclusive student body.

  • 890 total students (Lower School - 204; Middle School - 284; Upper School - 402)
  • Co-educational - 48% girls; 52% boys
  • Students come from a 20-mile radius surrounding the School, representing roughly 40 school districts from NY and CT.
  • 29% identify as students of color

Motto

“Not for Self, But for Service.”

Mission & Core Values

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. Read more.

Core Values

R - RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY

C – COMMITMENT TO PERSONAL & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

D – DIVERSITY WITHIN AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

S – SERVICE

Governance

A 26-member Board of Trustees that includes parents and alumni. Meet the Board.

Financials

Annual Operating Budget: $29.8 million
2015-2016 Annual Fund: $3.69 million; 98% Parent Participation; 26% Alumni Participation
Endowment: $48 million
2016-2017 Financial Aid Budget: $5.1 million

See schedule of tuition and fees.

Academics & Student Life

Curriculum Guides

Lower School (PDF)
Middle School (PDF)
Upper School (PDF)

Student Life

RCDS is a place where it is cool to be smart and where opportunities are almost limitless. The dress code is relaxed, but the community's sense of hard work and values are clear. Beyond the academics, athletics, arts, and community service at RCDS, there is a remarkable breadth of clubs, trips, and activities that augment the school experience. Read more.

Student-Parent Handbooks

Lower School (PDF)
Middle School (PDF)
Upper School (PDF)

Signature Initiatives

Balance and Wellness
Character, Leadership, Ethics
Diversity & Inclusion
Public Purpose
Global Studies
S.T.E.A.M.
Sustainability
The RCDS Institute

Average Class Size

  • Pre-K-Grade 1: 17 students
  • Grades 2 - 4: 17 students
  • Grade 5: 14 students
  • Grades 6-8: 16 students
  • Grades 9-12: 15 students

Faculty

  • 8:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  • 87% hold advanced degrees
  • Professional Development grants and sabbaticals total $475,000.
    Meet the Faculty.

College Counseling & Matriculation

The college counseling team comprises three counselors who provide students with resources and support throughout the college process.

Recent Matriculation

Summer

Wildcat Mini-Camp

Open to Rye Country Day students in the Lower and Middle schools. Camps run from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, for two weeks after the close of the academic year. More.

June Sports Camps

At the start of every summer, Rye Country Day athletes have the opportunity to participate in an intensive week of training with a Rye Country Day coach for a specific sport. More.

ACTION

ACTION is an academic enrichment program during the month of July at Rye Country Day School for highly motivated public school students entering grades 7, 8, or 9. ACTION seeks to expand the academic and intellectual horizons of bright, motivated, and responsible students from local communities that may not have the resources available to provide such summer programs. More.

Summer Session

A co-educational summer school for students in grades 5 through 12. It runs from late June to early August and offers an opportunity to develop areas of special interest, explore new ideas, earn advance credit, or review subjects that need strengthening. The Summer Session is open to qualified students from any school. More.

Campus

Location

Rye Country Day is conveniently located at the intersection of I-95 and I-287, 25 miles from Manhattan. The School is one block from the Rye Metro North station.

Hours

Pre-K: 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Beginning in the middle of October, the day extends until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Kindergarten - Grade 4: 8:15 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Grades 5-6: 8:05 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Grades 7-8: 8:05 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Grades 9-12: 8:05 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Schedule

All three divisions of RCDS operate on a six-day cycle rather than a five-day week. This system of class rotation gives students more time to pursue elective courses, meet with teachers, schedule co-curricular activities, and connect with friends. To see what day of the cycle it is, view the school calendar.

Facilities

The 26-acre campus includes academic buildings; two libraries; administrative buildings; a separate performing arts center with classrooms, music rooms, a dance studio and a 400-seat theater-auditorium; a 40,000 square-foot athletic center; and 4 turf fields.

Two dining rooms serve lunch every day; the MS/US Dining Room is open for snacks in the morning and afternoon. Take a virtual tour.

Arts

Offerings

RCDS offers classes and programming in dance, drama, music, and visual arts. The Performing Arts Center is always humming with activity, with several performances scheduled throughout the year. See Arts News and Calendar.

Facilities

The Edward B. Dunn Performing Arts Center is the centerpiece of music, drama, and dance activity at Rye Country Day School. Built in 1990, the PAC features a 400-seat theater, a dance studio with a sprung floor, separate choral and band practice rooms, and four private music lesson studios.

Each division has a developmentally appropriate, visual arts classroom.

Memorial Hall, built in 2010, provides classroom space, as well as a rehearsal and performance facility in a more intimate setting. Memorial Hall seats 125.

For more, see our Campus Tour.

Athletics

Mascot: The Rye Country Day School Wildcats

Willy the Wildcat is our beloved mascot who cheers on our teams and Tweets from the sidelines.

Teams

  • 72 interscholastic teams for Grades 7-12
  • Varsity competition includes boys’ and girls’ teams in soccer, cross-country, basketball, ice hockey, fencing, squash, tennis, golf, track and field, sailing, and lacrosse, as well as football, field hockey, wrestling, baseball, and softball.
  • Approximately 70% of Upper School students participate in at least one team sport.

Physical Education

Physical Education is required for Lower and Middle School students. In the Upper School, students must play on a team or take P.E. More.

Facilities

Athletic facilities include the LaGrange Field House (1972) with its indoor ice rink/tennis courts; a multipurpose gymnasium that serves as the home for the wrestling and fencing programs; the Scott A. Nelson Athletic Center (2000), which houses a two-court gymnasium, four squash courts, four locker rooms, an athletic training facility, a multipurpose room, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Between 2007 and 2009, the School installed four artificial turf fields, making it the premier outdoor athletic facility in the area.

Spring Training

Spring Break sports training trips are offered for Upper School students. In 2015, more than half of the Upper School participated in a sports training trip.

June Camps

At the start of every summer, middle and upper school athletes have the opportunity to participate in an intensive week of training with a Rye Country Day coach for a specific sport.

College Athletes

Many Rye Country Day athletes have gone on to outstanding collegiate careers.

Current college athletes

Admissions, Tuition, and Financial Aid

Applying

Step-by-step Guide to Applying

Key Entry Points

Pre-K, K, Grade 4, Grade 5, and Grade 9. See typical enrollment chart in Admissions FAQ.

Key Numbers

2015-2016
Acceptance Rate: 20%
Yield: 81%
Attrition: 3.5%

Financial Aid

141 students, or 15% of the student body, receives financial aid totalling $5.1 million

Tuition

Tuition is $25,700 in Pre-K, and ranges from $36,500 in Kindergarten to $41,900 in the Upper School. View complete schedule of tuition and fees.

Communications & Publications

The Bulletin

The RCDS Bulletin is published three times a year and features on-campus news, athletics updates, faculty profiles, alumni class notes, and other relevant information about what is happening at Rye Country Day. The Bulletin is mailed to all RCDS families, and is also available on the Publications page.

Excellence Newsletter

At the end of each academic year, RCDS publishes the Excellence Newsletter, featuring the matriculation list, accomplishments, and awards of RCDS students.

E-Communications

The Division Principals send the E-Notes to parents every Friday morning via e-mail. These highlight key events happening throughout each division and also include messages from the Parents Association. On a monthly basis, each principal writes a Principal's Column that focuses on a relevant educational topic.

The faculty rely on e-mail as a primary mode of communicating important information and announcements. In the younger grades, the classroom teachers, as well as the special area teachers, maintain grade-level Haiku pages, where they post curriculum information and newsletters, highlight special events, share student work, and often post photos of the students working and enjoying the school day.

The Alumni E-Newsletter is e-mailed approximately once each month.

Website and Website Alerts

The website features an alert system for the calendar, specific sports teams, and news announcements. Visit the calendar page, athletics pages, or news pages to set up e-mail or text message alerts.

Weather related and other important announcements

The headmaster uses an automated calling and text-message system to alert families of weather related closures and delays, as well as other critical all-school announcements. These announcements will also be posted on the homepage of the website.

Parent Portal

Vital links to report cards, forms, password protected media, and event information are available via a family login. Families receive one username and password that allows them to access information for all of their children enrolled in the School, throughout their time in the school.

Social Media

Rye Country Day is active on several social media sites. Visit us on:

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Strategic Plan & Capital Campaign

Advancing a Tradition of Excellence

In 2016, Rye Country Day launched Advancing a Tradition of Excellence, a $35 million campaign. Please visit the campaign site for more information about the campaign's goals and progress.

Our Strategic Plan