Welcome to the Rockland Country Day School (RCDS) website. We are entering an exciting time as an institution. We are flush with the pride of graduating our 50th class, who in total received over $200,000 in merit aid from colleges and universities of their choice. We will spend this year strategically planning for our future. Our Board of Trustees will lead the way, guiding us in this process and they will engage the wider school community at various stages for feedback and input. It is no small task to live in the present and make decisions that ensure the health and success of our school years into the future, but this is the work of the Board. They are charged with the task of building a school for the children of your children, and we are in a moment in our school’s history that makes such a grand mission possible: we have a strong academic program with proven results; we are on stable financial ground; we continue to retain and attract talented and caring faculty and staff; and we have a school culture that is unique in its ability to embrace and celebrate the individual through the warmth and support of our close-knit community.
We also are a maturing institution ready to claim our history as a school that has met the needs of gifted and talented students for many years. The creation of a gifted and talented program within our school will formalize the curricular elements of our program which have allowed us to serve well those students with accelerated needs. We have always been a small but accomplished school. Our former students include the talents of Tyne Daly (first graduating class and actress in Cagney & Lacey and Judging Amy), Lea Michelle (Glee), Ha-na Chang (Cellist, conductor), Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Sebastian Stan (Captain America), among others. We have also educated gifted students who completed high school math in middle school and went on to study MIT open source courseware in our high school; students who built working radios, cars, and boats as their independent study project; students who were recognized as National Merit Scholars; students whose work in science led to tri-county science awards for the past two years, and one student who was invited to present his scientific findings at a national medical conference. We also have new generations of gifted students in our Children’s School, some already fluent in two or three languages, others reading several years above their grade level, and a few exceptionally gifted students who are years ahead in their math and science knowledge.
We are guided by the vision of our founders; we work daily to be an institution of formal schooling that is forward-looking and innovative, yet grounded in the independent school tradition of challenging intellectual work, individualized attention, and character development. This year our school-wide focus is “sustainability,” and our essential question is: “What sustains us?” All students from Pre-K to Grade 12 will examine this question in various ways, leading to installation projects this spring.
We continue on this journey together, firm in the belief that “from strong roots, we flourish.” I encourage you to visit our campus. Just forty minutes from New York City, you will see a school full of life, with teachers and students working together with the kind of attention and focus that makes RCDS so special.
Kimberly A. Morcate
Head of School