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.
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.
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.
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.
Upper School Office Phone
Upper School Principal
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Arts & Expression
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Public Purpose
- RCDS Community & Peer Support
- Special Interest
Art Students Association
The Art Students Association is set up to provide any student interested in looking at, discussing, or creating art with an opportunity to become involved in art projects, trips to museums and galleries, involvement with publicity for events sponsored by the School, and increasing the amount of art work on display throughout the School.
The Chamber FiveThe Chamber Five is a student-run chamber music group. We choose and rehearse different classical-style pieces in order to improve our musical skills. Our goal is to perform one or two of our chosen pieces for the School. Students are welcome to join. The Chamber Five does ask students to practice pieces outside of the Club so that we can move through the music at a reasonable pace.
Open Mic Club
Open Mic provides an outlet for original student poetry and prose. The Club holds Open Mics twice a year so students can share their work with a supportive group of listeners.