Diversity & Inclusion
At RCDS, we act deliberately to create and sustain a diverse community that values equity and inclusion. Diversity is the expression of human variety; each one of us is diverse in multiple ways and in a variety of contexts. Our community is diverse, enriching us with ideas and perspectives that allow students to grow and flourish as they safely explore their individual identity.
A strong sense of belonging is critical for learning. For students, this sense of belonging is derived from seeing themselves reflected in the people in their community and in the curriculum. It is also essential for students to be around people, ideas, and perspectives that differ from their own. The diversity of our community and our steadfast commitment to the sense of inclusion for each of its members are among our School’s greatest strengths. Rye Country Day is a place where students can bring their full selves to school, and it is a community that celebrates the individuals that comprise it.
Diversity and inclusion are woven throughout the Lower School curriculum, programs, and community. Teachers regularly review learning units and books to make sure that all learners see themselves reflected in their studies. Through ongoing professional development, teachers are equipped with the tools and strategies for active inclusion. The Lower School strives to build a foundational sense of belonging for all students, which remains with them as they continue to grow and learn.
The Middle School years emphasize building awareness of others and a commitment to diversity that is exemplified through practicing active inclusion. The program nurtures the development of habits that support navigating, appreciating, and contributing to diverse communities. Faculty ensure that their curriculums and teaching styles promote diversity and inclusion, such as the Grade 8 study of people's history in the United States with a special focus on civil rights and activism. In addition, students learn about diversity and inclusion through guest speakers, community gatherings, public purpose events, and travel opportunities.
The Upper School curriculum includes a number of classes that focus specifically on diverse experiences through which students examine identity, privilege, activism, and discrimination. Throughout all of their courses, students are exposed to books, speakers, artists, and ideas that expand their understanding of the world around them. During their time at RCDS, students learn how to navigate productive conversations with people whose opinions differ from their own, and they develop the critical skills of listening and approaching others with an open mind.
- Social Justice Committee
- Arts Festival & International Fair
- Students of Color Mentoring (SoC)
- Saturday Summit on Social Justice
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC)
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
- RCDS Community Connections (RCC)
- Inclusive Admissions and Hiring
- Professional Development
- Family Structure
- Gender Identity
- Geographic Origin
- Life Experiences
- Physical Appearance
- Sexual Orientation
- Socioeconomic Status
Facts at a Glance
40+ school districts from which we draw students
36 percent identify as students of color
6.1 million dollar annual financial aid budget
16 percent of students are served by financial aid
5 staff members on the Diversity Team