We are actively committed to diversity and fostering a strong sense of belonging.

Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Alikhan Morgan

RCDS Diversity at a glance

36 school districts from which we draw students

30 percent identify as students of color

5.6 million dollar annual financial aid budget

16 percent of students are served by financial aid

6 staff members on the Diversity Team


"We are actively committed to diversity." - These words in the RCDS Mission Statement deliver the message that we do not simply acknowledge or value diversity—we act consciously and deliberately in order to create and sustain an inclusive community, a strong fabric woven from many different threads. RCDS's active commitment to diversity is integral to the fulfillment of every aspect of the school's mission, from core values of respect, understanding, and service, to the stimulation of individuals to meet their maximum potential and develop strength of character in an ever-changing world.


At Rye Country Day, we believe that diversity is the expression of human variety. Each one of us is diverse in multiple ways and in a variety of contexts. We recognize diversity as including, but not limited to, differences in ability/disability, age, ethnicity, family structures, gender, geographic origin, life experiences, physical appearance, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

As educators, we are committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is diverse and inclusive, one in which all members can participate fully and maximize their potential. We believe that only an inclusive school community can be equitable and just.

We are proactive about teaching our students the importance of diversity and inclusion in an increasingly inter-connected, multicultural, and ever-changing world. As we prepare our students for leadership in the world beyond Rye Country Day, we are responsible for teaching them how to communicate with and be respectful of others—beginning with those in our school community and extending to those who live beyond our nation's borders. Every global citizen should be able to thrive in a diverse and interconnected society.

Our commitment to inclusion enriches our community with diverse ideas and perspectives. Students grow and flourish in this type of environment, where they can safely explore their individual identity while developing and exercising strength of character, healthy self-esteem, and confidence.

Through our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strive to be good role models for the individuals in our care so that their present and future actions and choices may positively impact the world.

Cultural Identifiers

  • Ability
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socioeconomic Status (Class)
  • Body Image ("lookism")
  • Educational Background
  • Academic/Social Achievement
  • Family of Origin, Family Make Up
  • Geographic/Regional Background
  • Language
  • Learning Style
  • Beliefs (political, social, religious)
  • Globalism/Internationalism

Diversity & Inclusion News

ACTION Program Completes Another Successful Summer

Every summer, Rye Country Day runs an academic enrichment program for highly motivated public school students who will be entering Grades 7, 8, and 9. The program runs every morning through the month of July, and seeks to expand the academic and intellectual horizons of promising students from local communities.

Être Girls Club

Eleventh grader Samantha Buchbinder, President of the Être Girls Club, sponsored the club's second discussion of the year for twenty of our middle school students.

Recognizing Black History Month at RCDS

During February, students and faculty at RCDS recognized and celebrated Black History Month. Several Upper School students handed out pins featuring the colors of the Pan-African Flag, and even though February is now behind us, many are still wearing the pins. Ali Morgan, director of Diversity and Inclusion, says: "Black History Month is a time when we make a special point to celebrate the achievements of African Americans, but we also work all year long to make sure that black people and all people of color see themselves reflected in our curriculum and in our community.

Code Like a Girl
Upper Schoolers Georgia Mandell, Charlotte Townley, and Cecilia van Paasschen kicked off the Code Like a Girl Club in both the Middle and Upper schools this week with great success.

Diversity & Inclusion