A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

Why RCDS?

What makes Rye Country Day School special?

1. Students are engaged and passionate

When visitors  walk through the hallways of our school and observe classes, they see vibrant students who are engaged and genuinely eager to learn. RCDS students are committed to working hard—they do their homework, they are active in class, and they challenge themselves consistently to grow and achieve.

2. Dedicated, expert teachers

Teaching at RCDS means being an agent of inspiration for students and colleagues alike. The School is committed to recruiting and retaining the very best teachers. It is not uncommon for faculty to move great distances in order to teach at Rye Country Day.

3.Students are their authentic selves within an accepting community

At Rye Country Day, students belong. The entire community works to make sure that all students experience a strong sense of connection within a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment, which is critical to learning.

4. Nearly boundless opportunities

At RCDS, students do not have to choose between athletic and creative pursuits—they can do both. The School offers numerous athletic opportunities via 72 interscholastic teams, and the size of our community means that there is room for every student to participate. At the same time, students can pursue various creative interests across disciplines supported by committed faculty and incredible facilities from videography studios to concert practice rooms, dance studios, state-of-the-art theaters, ceramics studios, and manual arts shops. 

5. Students love coming to school

Joy is an essential part of the RCDS experience. When you walk through our halls, you see smiling students and happy teachers. We strive to tap into joy on a daily basis.

6. Character, skills, and citizenship in addition to knowledge

RCDS teachers are not just subject teachers, they’re teachers of empathy, kindness, and confidence. They’re also advisors and coaches. They champion learning that extends beyond their disciplines and divisions to provide a cohesive education of the “whole child.”

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7. Students are known and supported as individuals

Small class sizes and teachers who collaborate with each other care deeply about their students enable us to fulfill our promise of a nurturing environment that ignites a passion for learning in each individual student.

8. Best of 21st century education

RCDS is committed to providing students with the skills they need to be 21st-century thinkers and changemakers. At Rye Country Day, learning crosses disciplines, and knowledge and aptitudes transfer to new and exciting problems. 

9. A campus that sparks learning

Rye Country Day students enjoy the benefits of a small school coupled with facilities that are more typical of larger institutions. Our campus features innovation labs, theaters, turf fields, and entire buildings dedicated to the arts, complete with a black box theater, a design makerspace, and visual arts studios equipped with the best equipment. Students get to learn and work in all of these spaces within a curriculum that encourages exploration. The result is eager, experienced, adventurous, and multifaceted thinkers and learners.

 

10. An emphasis on diversity and inclusion

RCDS is actively committed to diversity and inclusion, and the diversity of our community is a great point of pride for our faculty and students (35% of the student body self identify as people of color). In a recent admissions survey, RCDS families cited the School’s commitment to exciting academics and a diverse community as the top two reasons they chose to enroll. Our students are surrounded by peers who have experiences and perspectives different from their own, and they are encouraged to share and discover those experiences and perspectives. Our curriculum considers diversity in its many aspects including learning the language of diversity, understanding diversity identifiers, representing diversity in class content, and engaging across difference. 

12. A commitment to service

The legacy of community engagement at RCDS begins with our founding motto, Not for Self, but for Service, and extends across programs and curriculums. RCDS students are encouraged to be purpose-driven, active citizens whose awareness and participation will leave a positive mark on their communities, small and large. From peer leadership to community tutoring and independent service projects, students learn how to apply this school value in their communities day in and day out.

13. Our location

RCDS is a community school and a commuter school. Our convenient proximity to major roadways (including the Hutchinson River and Merritt Parkways and Interstates 287 and 95) makes our school home to a diverse population of students from 88 zip codes throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties and New York City. The School is also one block from the Rye Metro North Station, which brings over 100 students and many faculty from as far south as New York City and as far north as New Haven.