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Welcome to RCDS

from the Headmaster

As you travel through these pages, we hope to give you a sense of the School’s rich history and traditions. These unique RCDS characteristics support a community dedicated to educating the whole child, while emphasizing not only academic excellence, but broad humanistic values, as well. At the same time, we hope to introduce you to the latest curricular innovations and developments that prepare Rye Country Day School students for the exciting opportunities of the 21st century. Throughout its 144-year history, Rye Country Day’s goal has always been to foster a lifelong passion for learning in its students.

If you are prospective students and parents:

As you explore the Web site you will find that RCDS’s well-rounded programs emphasize academic rigor and excellence, while encouraging a healthy balance with the arts and athletics. Also, in keeping with the School’s motto - "Not for Self, But for Service" - community service plays an integral role here at all grade levels. Please take time to peruse our current academic and extracurricular offerings, as well as the student-generated, online publications and artwork.

When you are ready to investigate the application process, the admissions pages of the Web site should provide you with pertinent information and schedules, as well as phone numbers to contact our admissions staff. We hope that your visit to our Web site will encourage you to schedule a visit to our campus to see our school community in action.

If you are an alumnus/a:

Thank you for visiting your alma mater online. I encourage you to spend some time navigating the Web site to get an idea of the changes to the campus and the curricular innovations that have occurred since your graduation. Reconnect with former faculty members, network with classmates and friends, keep up to date on the latest developments from the Alumni Executive Board and the Alumni Office, and be sure to note the dates of upcoming class reunions, as well as other alumni events. Also, use the alumni section of the Web site to check recent class notes and submit one of your own. See all the developments at RCDS and let us know about some of the developments in your own life.

If you are a parent of a current student:

The RCDS Web site represents yet another way to enhance communication with our parent body. We hope you will use it to stay informed about recent events and upcoming programs. Log on to find directions to away athletic events, times and locations of special programs on campus, and to learn about specific academic courses and faculty. As we move in the direction of increased reliance on electronic communication, we hope you will find the Web site a helpful addition in the School’s efforts to keep you informed.

Thank you for taking the time to explore Rye Country Day School. Enjoy your visit and contact us if you would like to learn more.


Scott A. Nelson

Scott Nelson is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University's School of Education. He is a trustee of Bronx Preparatory Charter School, a former trustee of the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and past chairman of the NYSAISAA Athletic Executive Committee. Mr. Nelson has served as headmaster at Rye Country Day since 1993.




History: Founded as a school for girls in 1869, RCDS has been coeducational since 1921.

Grades: PK - 12

Enrollment:  893
Upper School (9-12): 398
Middle School (5-8): 289
Lower School (PK-4): 204

Faculty:  123
84% have advanced degrees.
8:1 Student/Faculty Ratio. 

Diversity: 28% of students self-identify as People of Color.

Financial: Need-based aid budget is $4.4 million; 16% of students receive need-based financial aid.
$45 million endowment.
$29.8 million operating budget.
$3.98 million '13-'14 Annual Giving Fund

Campus: 26 acres with full range of facilities for academic, athletic, artistic, musical, and theatrical pursuits.

Affiliations: NAIS, NYSAIS, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools


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