Rockland Country Day School brings forth the best in every student by knowing and educating each of them as an individual. The pillars of our college preparatory program are critical thinking, creative expression, integrity, community service, and the cherishing of diversity.
Founded in 1959, Rockland Country Day School (RCDS) was established by a group of community leaders whose standards reflected the era’s heightened concern with educational excellence. Led by Professor Charles Frankel of Columbia University, first president of the RCDS Board of Trustees, the group shared a common vision of formal schooling that was forward-looking and innovative, while grounded in the independent school tradition of challenging intellectual work, character development, and preparation for leadership in our world. At its founding, the School was situated in South Nyack, NY. When it outgrew that site, the School moved to its present location, twenty acres of open and wooded land in Congers, NY, a location that was previously a working farm owned by Wolcott H. Pitkin.
At its core, RCDS is a school where children become rooted in ethical integrity, learn to sustain individual differences, and develop the strength of character and intellect needed to realize their full potential in our world. Our talented faculty not only provides rigorous instruction, but also shepherds students through the journey of finding their unique voice and strength. At RCDS students are exposed to different ways of thinking and being, and differences are embraced.
Our curriculum has, for almost 60 years, included an emphasis on learning-by-doing. Students are responsible for maintaining the organic garden which offers contributions to the school’s daily menu. In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama praised the RCDS food program for its success in teaching students about healthy nutrition. Science classes, from botany to chemistry, have frequent opportunities to see nature in action, as students use the campus as a living classroom. Whenever possible, students engage in demonstrating what they have learned in concrete, observable ways, and our Independent Studies Program provides all students – elementary through high school – with a way to demonstrate what they have learned while creating a new knowledge base.
Our students and alumni are serious about their studies and their commitment to leaving the world better than when they found it. Their pursuit of higher education, meaningful work, and engagement in our global society are evidence of the academic foundation RCDS has provided.