Rye Country Day School

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.

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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
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students930 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Rye Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers142 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$46,900
Tuition NotesPre-Kindergarten - $38,400 Kindergarten - Grade 3 - $39,950 Grade 4 - $40,300 Grades 5-6 - $41,700 Grades 7-8 - $43,700 Grades 9-12 - $46,900
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$38,100
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,

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.
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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 (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)

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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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