Rye Country Day School

  • Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches.
  • In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors.
  • We are actively committed to diversity.  We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community.
  • Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1869
Summer School OfferedYes
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Student Body

Total Students924 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade Rye Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers138 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses22 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1400
Average ACT score32
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$45,500
Tuition NotesPre-Kindergarten - $37,250 Kindergarten - Grade 3 - $38,800 Grade 4 - $39,100 Grades 5-6 - $40,500 Grades 7-8 - $42,400 Grades 9-12 - $45,500
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$40,100
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMatthew Suzuki
Admissions AssociateLaurie Pinkham
Endowment Size$56.4 million


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
FencingField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:

School Notes

Rye Country Day School students are passionate learners and enjoy a challenging educational experience that combines intellectual mastery with real-world perspective. The RCDS community celebrates and embraces individuality within an accepting and inclusive environment. Students are bright, articulate, and engaged. They excel academically while also exploring art, music, athletics, and many other endeavors. Throughout their years at RCDS, students discover their unique strengths, expand on their capabilities, develop their intellects, and strive for the exceptional. 

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.
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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 (30)
  • University of Pennsylvania (28)
  • New York University (18)
  • Harvard University (17)
  • Duke University (16)
  • Brown University (15)
  • University of Michigan (15)
  • Colgate University (14)
  • Georgetown University (14)
  • Vanderbilt University (14)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (14)
  • Bucknell University (10)
  • Stanford University (10)
  • University of Southern California (10)
  • Dartmouth College (9)
  • Yale University (9)
  • Northwestern University (8)
  • University of Chicago (8)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison (8)
  • Wake Forest University (8)
  • Wesleyan University (8)

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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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