Step 1: Inquire

During the first stage of the admissions process, we invite you to learn, explore, and discover what a Rye Country Day education might mean for you. Please complete this form to let us know you are interested in learning more about RCDS. This is required before scheduling a campus tour and interview.

Complete INTEREST Form

Step 2: Tour & Interview

Once you have completed the introduction form in Step 1, we would love to invite you to campus for a tour and interview. In our opinion, the best way to get to know RCDS is to spend some time here in person.

To arrange your visit, please call us at 914-925-4513 or email us.

Step 3: Apply

After you have visited with us, we ask that you complete the remaining portions of the application. All application components are available via the RCDS Online Application Portal.


LOGIN TO THE APPLICATION PORTAL

Comprehensive Admissions Timeline

Step 1: Interest/Inquiry

During the first stage of the admissions process, we invite you to learn, explore, and discover what a Rye Country Day education might mean for you. Please complete this form to schedule a visit and to let us know you are interested in learning more about RCDS.

COMPLETE INTEREST FORM

Step 2: Tour & Interview

To arrange your visit, please call us at 914-925-4513 or email admissions@ryecountryday.org.

Once you have completed the interest form, please plan to visit us on campus for a tour and interview. The best way to get to know RCDS is to spend some time here in person.

Information about the visit and interview:

We invite all applicants and their families to visit RCDS. We will take you on a tour of campus, explain what we think makes RCDS unique, and answer any questions you have. We hope this will give you a chance to see what the RCDS experience is all about.

For applicants to Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 2: The initial visit is with parents only for a tour and meeting with an admissions officer. After that, we schedule an individual screening with the applicant. (see below).

For applicants to Grade 3 and above: We ask that all applicants to Grade 3 and above meet with an admissions officer in order to complete a student interview. We ask that one parent/guardian accompany the student.

Step 3: Submit Application

The application process is completely digital with all forms and components submitted online. Once you submit an interest form, you will be invited to create an online account through which you can access the application. The online application portal displays a complete checklist of application components for each applicant.

The deadline for applications is December 1 for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 4 and December 15 for Grade 5 and above.

LOGIN TO THE APPLICATION PORTAL


Optional: Would you prefer to submit via mail, fax, or e-mail? All application components may be downloaded.

DOWNLOAD FORMS

Step 4: Schedule Admissions Testing

The RCDS Admissions Office will be in touch with you to schedule the required assessments and visits.

For applicants to Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten: We will schedule individual screenings with applicants to Kindergarten from late November through December. Applicants to Pre-Kindergarten will have their individual screenings in January. In addition, applicants are invited to attend a group visit with other applicants in December for Kindergarten and in January for Pre-Kindergarten. Appointment dates and times will be sent approximately two weeks prior to screening date.

For applicants to Grades 1 and 2: We will schedule individual screenings with applicants to Grades 1 and 2 in late January and early February. Appointment dates and times will be sent approximately two weeks prior to screening date.

For applicants to Grades 3 and 4: All applicants to Grades 3 and 4 must take the RCDS Admissions test. Testing will take place on campus on December 8, 2018.

For applicants to Grade 5 and above: Applicants to Grade 5 and above are required to take the ISEE or SSAT. Both tests are viewed equally in the admissions process. Parents are responsible for making testing arrangements. Testing should be scheduled after September 1 of the application year, and no later than mid-January to ensure a completed application folder by January 15.

Step 5: Complete the Financial Aid Application (through SSS)

The required financial aid forms must be submitted by December 15.

Rye Country Day School is eager to encourage all qualified students to apply to the school. We are actively committed to maintaining a school community of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences and our extensive financial aid program helps to make a Rye Country Day education accessible for those who demonstrate financial need. RCDS grants approximately $5.6 million in financial aid to 16 percent of the student body.

The Rye Country Day School Financial Aid Program uses an outside program called School and Student Services (SSS) to establish financial need. Parents of financial aid applicants need to complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) using the RCDS code 6208. (In the case of divorced or separated parents, the equivalent form from the non-custodial parent must be submitted as well.) The School also requires that applicants submit a copy of all federal IRS forms filed in the previous year as well as the most recent W2 forms. For more information about SSS, call 800-344-8328 or visit their website at http://sss.nais.org.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION

Financial aid responses will accompany admissions decisions.
Questions about financial aid? Please visit the financial aid section of the website and/or contact Courtney Doucette, Financial Aid Officer, at 914-925-4542 or courtney_doucette@ryecountryday.org.

Step 6: Submit the student questionnaire (Grade 5 and above)

Please note: the student questionnaire should be completed by the student on the online application.

LOGIN TO THE APPLICATION PORTAL


Optional: Would you prefer to submit via mail, fax, or e-mail? All application components may be downloaded.

DOWNLOAD FORMS

Step 7: Submit the remaining components of the application checklist.

All application components, including teacher recommendations and school transcripts, may be submitted online via the application portal.

LOGIN TO THE APPLICATION PORTAL


Optional: Would you prefer to submit via mail, fax, or e-mail? All application components may be downloaded.

DOWNLOAD FORMS

Step 8: Schedule a Day Visit/Shadow Day (Grade 4 and above)

Call the Admissions Office at 914-925-4513 to arrange a shadow day.

Active applicants (those prospective students with submitted applications) to Grade 4 and above are strongly encouraged to spend a day shadowing a current RCDS student. Visits are available between October and January. Students will shadow a student in their current grade.

Please note: applicants for Grade 5 and above must complete the Student Questionnaire before visiting.

Step 9: Receive a decision from RCDS.

You will receive an e-notification with the admissions decision and financial aid grant (if applicable) in mid-February.

RCDS will respond to applications on approximately February 17 for Grade 5 and above, and February 24 for all Lower School applicants (PK - Grade 4), provided that the Application Folder is completed by January 15.

We are here to help.

Contact the Admissions Office at 914-925-4513 admissions@ryecountryday.org.

Important Dates

Tours & Interviews
Scheduled September - January

Shadow Days
Scheduled October - January

Lower School & Middle School Open House
October 14, 2018 - 1 p.m.

Middle & Upper School Open House
October 28, 2018 - 1 p.m.

Application Deadline
LS - December 1; MS & US - December 15

RCDS Grades 3 & 4 Admissions Test
December 8, 2018

Application for Financial Aid Deadline
December 15

Student Questionnaire Deadline
December 15

Admissions Testing Appointments - Lower School
Scheduled December - February

Admissions Testing - Grades 5+
ISEE or SSAT by January 15

Teacher Recommendations and School Transcripts Deadline
January 15

Middle School & Upper School Admission Decision Notification
February 8, 2019

Lower School Admission Decision Notification
February 22, 2019

Revisit Days

TBD

Enrollment Notification

TBD

Admissions Process

Online Application

The online application will open on September 1, 2018. In the meantime, please register for an upcoming open house.