Rye Country Day School students are engaged, passionate learners. The School values and teaches kindness, critical thinking, understanding, strength of character, active citizenship, and service.
A co-educational, college preparatory school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, RCDS provides an innovative and excellent education.
The challenging curriculum, delivered by dedicated teachers in small classes, stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through meaningful academic, athletic, and creative experiences in a nurturing, diverse, and inclusive environment.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 938 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $47,900
  • Acceptance rate: 24%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15 / rolling

Top Rankings

Rye Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
938 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Rye Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
143 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
22 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Pre-Kindergarten - $39,400 Kindergarten - Grade 3 - $41,100 Grade 4 - $41,500 Grades 5-6 - $42,700 Grades 7-8 - $44,800 Grades 9-12 - $47,900
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Courtney Doucette
Admissions Associate
Laurie Pinkham
Endowment Size
$74.3 million


School Notes

Rye Country Day School is a co-educational, college preparatory school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Dedicated to providing an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches, RCDS offers a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. The School is actively committed to diversity and inclusion. Since its founding, RCDS has been guided by the motto "Not for Self, but for Service," stressing the core belief in the potential of each student to have a positive, lasting impact.

RCDS students emerge from RCDS with strength of character, ready to engage in continuous learning, to show kindness and empathy, to adapt and thrive within a changing global context, to contribute meaningfully to their communities large and small, and to find joy and fulfillment in life. 
  • Character: RCDS students cultivate strength of character through the development of social and emotional intelligences, strong and positive moral compasses, and passionate and principled actions. 
  • Knowledge: RCDS students acquire and use knowledge in complex and meaningful ways. They transfer and apply their understandings beyond disciplines to address novel, real-world questions.
  • Skills: RCDS students practice skills and habits essential for wellness and success in college, in work, and in life, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability.
  • Citizenship: RCDS students make a positive difference in the world as aware, engaged, and purpose-driven citizens.
Core Values:

Recent Matriculation: 
RCDS students are guided through a college process that leads them to be accepted into and flourish in the college or university that is right for them. In the last five years, RCDS has sent five or more students to the following colleges/univiersities (number of matriculating students noted in parentheses): 
Cornell University (34)
University of Pennsylvania (27)
Harvard University (19)
New York University (17)
Vanderbilt University (14)
Brown University (13)
Duke University (13)
Georgetown University (13)
University of Michigan (13)
Washington University in St. Louis (13)
Profile last updated: 07/14/2021

School Reviews

We are thrilled by our experience so far at RCDS. While it took a few months to get "our feet wet", we have found the families, staff and administration to be warm and welcoming. RCDS is moving in a very positive direction and it seems working hard to become a visionary school that will meet the needs of the next generation.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 938 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $47,900
  • Acceptance rate: 24%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Westchester County, NY is $21,266 for elementary schools and $27,077 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Westchester County, NY is 68% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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