Upper School

The Upper School is a vital and exciting educational environment that balances excellent academics with a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Classes, sports, arts, student-directed clubs, and more all co-exist on our campus. Each passion or interest brings something different to this dynamic balance.

Our Philosophy

The Upper School community exists to create an atmosphere in which the best teaching and learning take place. We are committed to the following:

  • Respect for each other and our differences
  • Courtesy towards one another
  • Responsibility for the institution
  • Academic integrity
  • Personal honesty
  • Pursuit of personal best

As students, faculty, and parents, we must cooperate to achieve these goals; therefore, support and acceptance of the School's ground rules, in both letter and spirit, are essential.

At the core sits an accomplished student body that strives to challenge itself academically. Students come to Rye Country Day School knowing that we take our coursework seriously and strive for success. In this process, teachers and advisors are eager to help along the way, offering excellent classroom teaching, important individual attention, and ongoing academic counseling as students excel in their courses and look ahead to the future.

Student Support

As the faculty and administration encourage all Upper School students to excel inside the classroom and beyond, each student has access to many layers of support and advice. Teachers are available for extra help, students have academic advisors, each grade has a Dean, and we have three college counselors for a graduating class of approximately 90 students. Upper School students refer often to the supportive, comfortable, and caring environment of RCDS, commenting that it is there when needed but not oppressive in nature.

The Upper School is a place where students develop and refine their interests in remarkable ways...

Upper School students can carve both academic and co-curricular paths that meet their individual goals. Extensive faculty support ensures no one falls through the cracks, while creating an environment that affords more space and more freedom than the Middle School. The Upper School faculty works hard to ensure that the students not only meet the demands of a challenging academic program, but that they also have time to appreciate the joys of adolescence. This balance is constantly evolving under the guidance of thoughtful leadership from both students and adults.

 

Student ideas play out in real ways, where new clubs, activities, and projects change every year based on the passions of students. Students are encouraged to join current organizations or form their own, and the administration supports students who are interested in creating an assembly or presenting an idea to the entire student body.

Extra-Curricular

The extra-curricular life in the Upper School is a great source of energy. A healthy balance exists between student initiative and adult supervision, and the extra-curricular components of the Upper School allow students to explore interests, develop passions, learn leadership, and have fun in the process.

Morning Meetings

The entire Upper School meets once a week in a Morning Meeting led by the Student Council. This is a time for announcements, community building, student skits, and more. In addition, there is an active assembly program, ranging from an endowed speaker series to student-run talent shows. Each year, the Upper School hosts a Health and Wellness Day, featuring a keynote speaker and over 40 seminars from which students may choose. Area professionals participate, and students explore health topics of particular interest to them.

Athletics

Over 50 percent of the student body participates in a team sport throughout the year, and there is a physical education program for those students not involved in a sport.

Arts

We offer three dramatic productions on stage each year, including a Student-Faculty Musical in the winter.

Approximately one-third of the students sing in the Upper School Concert Choir or play in the Upper School Band or Wind Ensemble. RCDS musicians find many other opportunities to perform, both on campus and in the surrounding community. In addition, the choir tours internationally every three years, and the band plays in regional competitions.

Student Organizations

We feature over 40 clubs, most of them founded and led by students with a faculty advisor on hand. Several times a week, there is a 25-30 minute break in the middle of the morning allowing for club time within the schedule. For those clubs that need more time on a regular basis, students are able to meet after school or when individual schedules allow. Some of the larger organizations, such as Model United Nations, compete with other schools in tournaments hosted at universities on the East Coast.


The Student Senate is responsible for coordinating all Upper School activities. Any RCDS activity must be open to all members of the student body and is subject to all Club requirements decided upon by the Student Senate.

Upper School Faculty

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Baptiste Bataille

Baptiste Bataille

Titles: French Teacher, Upper School
Jeffrey Bates

Jeffrey Bates

Titles: Director of College Counseling; Dean, Grade 12
Tatum Bell

Tatum Bell

Titles: English Teacher, Upper School
Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett

Titles: Athletics Office Administrator; Coach
Emily Bennett

Emily Bennett

Titles: Mathematics Teacher, Upper School; Engineering & Robotics
Marcie Berger

Marcie Berger

Titles: Mathematics Teacher, Upper School
Catherine Bischoff

Catherine Bischoff

Titles: STEAM Coordinator; Science Teacher, Upper School
Craig Burt

Craig Burt

Titles: Science Teacher, Upper School
Jaclyn Butera

Jaclyn Butera

Titles: Dean of Student Life / Counselor, Upper School; Upper School Advisor Program Coordinator
Liam Cahill

Liam Cahill

Titles: Administrative Assistant, College Counseling
Matthew Cavanaugh

Matthew Cavanaugh

Titles: Dean, Grade 9; Spanish Teacher, Upper School
Douglas Cerrone

Douglas Cerrone

Titles: Mathematics Teacher, Upper School
John Charpie

John Charpie

Titles: Mathematics Teacher, Upper School
Judith Conant

Judith Conant

Titles: Mathematics Teacher, Upper School
Peter Coulianos

Peter Coulianos

Titles: Music Teacher, Middle School & Upper School
Sarah Danziger

Sarah Danziger

Titles: Department Chair, Classics; Latin Teacher, Upper School
Jennifer DeVito

Jennifer DeVito

Titles: Librarian, Upper School
Erin Dolan

Erin Dolan

Titles: Art Teacher, Upper School
Jennifer Doran

Jennifer Doran

Titles: Science Teacher, Upper School & Middle School
Courtney Doucette

Courtney Doucette

Titles: Assistant Director of Admissions, Upper School; Financial Aid Officer; Humanities Teacher, Upper School
Eric Drotch

Eric Drotch

Titles: Department Chair, Art; Art Teacher, Upper School
Vicki Druehl

Vicki Druehl

Titles: Administrative Assistant, Upper School
Clematis Everett

Clematis Everett

Titles: Dean, Grade 9; Humanities Teacher, Upper School
Katy Everett

Katy Everett

Titles: English Teacher, Upper School