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Rye Country Day School is a private high school in Rye. The principal of Rye Country Day School is Scott A. Nelson, whose e-mail is scott_nelson@ryecountryday.org. 868 children attend Rye Country Day School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Rye Country Day School is 7:1. Rye High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Multiracial 8%
White, non-Hispanic 77%
Black, non-Hispanic 6%
Asian 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5%
Hispanic 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Excellent spirit! Hard work promoted with an equal emphasis on play. Wealthy but humble for the most part and the culture around campus is that of like a big family. Diversity is greatly valued.

  • (2 years ago)

    Attending this school changed the trajectory of my daughter's life. She was always bright and driven but this school opened up all sorts of opportunities for her. She had outstanding instructors and participated in numerous after-school activities such as drama and softball. I count my daughter attending RCDS as one of the greatest blessings of our lives.

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from RCDS this past year (Class of 2011) and I thought that this site needed a better perspective from a recent graduate. To retain my anonymity I will be vague about my success. I go to a top 20 university (probably sub 10 in the next 2 years) and this school prepared me well in most aspects. To put it bluntly this school equips students with the tools to achieve great measures of success collegiately but it is not the place for everyone. There are teachers and classes to avoid. Work is demanding but often felt like busy work to me. Most of the teachers really love working at RCDS and are always available for extra help (seriously if your student goes to this school get them to go to extra help whenever they can. It's a huge boon in college for academics and networking). The academics as I mentioned can coast students or really challenge them. The sports I chose were very competitive and successful. Coaches all understand academics come first. All in all this school prepared me aptly for college and I recommend it to students with stars in their eyes and a good work ethic.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is in the sixth grade now and having attended Collegiate myself I can say that RCDS is an exceptional school. Not only do all of the teachers encourage the students to strive to be their best they do so in a way that is challenging but not overboard. Whenever that has been an issue which are rare to almost never with students slightly getting out of line (which is true everywhere and with all ages) RCDS is right on top of it and manage everything in a very thoughtful and proper way. I couldn't disagree more than with the other person who reviewed here. That person must have had an isolated incident and thought it not handled correctly. Remember even with teachers and administration they are still human. Mistakes can be made the question is whether they learned from it. If anyone has any reservations about RCDS don't. It's really wonderful; but as with all schools the fit must be right. If your child wants to excel and become an exceptional young adult then this might be the right school Obviously it's not for everyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent of former student at RCDS the end result of a quality education can't be denied.She has been fortunate to have such dedicated teachers and caring administrative faculty.

  • (4 years ago)

    I read the nine reviews posted and there were a few that just didn't make sense. While I agree that not every child can handle the work-load of a really good private school the notion that RCDS is anything but an incredible learning institution is just false. Our daughter just finished fifth grade and LOVES it. The teachers are incredible passionate about their work. She is always encouraged to strive to be her best in a caring and thoughtful manner. The children are all top notch and though girls can sometimes get into little groups RCDS does everything in its power to counter this. Our son is at Brunswick and I attended Collegiate in NYC. These are all great schools but if anyone has any doubts about RCDS reconsider. It is a wonderful place.

  • (4 years ago)

    The education is first-rate rigorous and deep across all disciplines we found the middle and high school teachers to be responsive and committed. The music program is turly outstanding and deserves special mention. RCDS is a great place for kids who are highly motivated and intellectually curious they will get the most attention and recognizion. Make sure you're sending your child because he/she can excel at this level not because it's a prestigious diploma. Socially you get your fair share of neurotic kids and parents but that's likely a symptom of most competitive schools. I do agree with the comment above the administration is timid in imparting a values-based vision for the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The education is great but a lot of the kids misbehave and are very mean to the kids who do care about school and it makes the learning experience worse and little to nothing is done about it.

  • (4 years ago)

    There are many outstanding teachers at Rye Country Day particularly in the high school and the student body is generally highly motivated. However the school lacks soul or spirit. As a result the overall experience is significantly less than it could be. This stems from the headmaster who does not appear to have a coherent vision or mission for the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been at RCDS for 4 years and has loved every minute of it. The academics are superb and the extra-curriculars are wonderful. He plays hockey now but can't wait until middle school when he can fence and play bass in the Jazz band! How many schools can offer that? The kids are terrific as well--very kind and supportive of each other. Sending my child to RCDS was the best decision we ever made.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a graduate of RCDS and the parent of a current student. I think it is an exceptional school. Students receive very personal attention and although the work is challenging the faculty and staff seem very committed to making sure that each student reaches his or her potential. There is a very wide range of extracurricular and sports activities particularly given the relatively small size of the student body. I am particularly impressed by the number of students who are active in a range of sports/theater/music there seem to be fewer divisions of the student body into 'jock' 'arty' etc. categories. The school needs to become more racially/ethnically and economically diverse but appears to be aware of it and taking steps to address it. I'd recommend it without reservation.

  • (7 years ago)

    RCDS is considered by many as the best private day school in the area and holds its reputation with even the most elite boarding schools. The school has earned a bad rap as a school for over privileged over-achieving preppies with even more ambitious parents. But the fact of the matter is that Rye Country Day besides getting their kids into the best schools offers some of the best athletics drama and extra-curricular activities often competing with far larger schools. One warning is that RCDS is not just a school its a life meaning that the workload and commitment required will allow little room for outside activities. The school recruits the best teachers coaches and college counselers not to mention the best and brightest students in the entire tri-state area.

  • (8 years ago)

    The school is OK although not as good as Scarsdale public and Hackley (private) in my opinion. When I checked around Feb 2006 I could not find school's average SAT scores. I wonder how it compares with other competing private schools like Hackley and public schools like Scarsdale and Edgemont who boast about their student's performance.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is terrible. The teachers are not passionate about their jobs too much homework (which leaves the student no time to use his/her imagination). Both my children hated every minute there and they switched to a public school (which they love). The only plus to RCDS is the sports. If you don't want to be a business man don't go to this school. There are no extra-curricular activities and the school is... Ii'm speechless... it's just awful.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is extremely well led and administered. The faculty is mostly excellent and very dedicated. Personal attention to students is remarkable. Wide range of choice (and difficulty) in courses. The honors courses are very challenging even for very bright students. Some do not like the social atmosphere -- too many rich privileged kids competing to get into great colleges too little diversity and genuine intellectual passion. (The administration has been addressing these shortcomings and has made progress.) Overall a truly great school.

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