A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

Diversity & Inclusion

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


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. 

Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Ali Morgan

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Diversity & Inclusion in the . . .

Lower School

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.

 

Middle School

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.

 

Upper School

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.

Signature Programs & Initiatives

Our Identities

At Rye Country Day, we recognize diversity as including, but not limited to, differences in:
 
  • Ability/disability
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Family Structure
  • Gender Identity
  • Geographic Origin
  • Life Experiences
  • Physical Appearance
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socioeconomic Status

Diversity Coordinators

Lower School

Melissa Liebowitz

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Middle School

Ofelia Marquez

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Upper School

Deborah Katz

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Staff

Stephanie Cummins

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Facts at a Glance

41 school districts and 88 zip codes from which we draw students

35 percent identify as students of color

5.9 million dollar annual financial aid budget

16 percent of students are served by financial aid

4 staff members on the Diversity Team