Rye Country Day School

Rye Country Day School

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Rye Country Day School, or Rye Country Day or RCDS, is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school located in Rye, New York. Its Upper School (grades 9-12), Middle School (5-8), and Lower School (Pre-Kindergarten-4) enroll a total of 876 students on its 26-acre campus. Noted for its rigorous academic programs, thriving student organizations, and competitive college matriculation, Rye Country Day attracts students from over 30 school districts in the tri-state area.



Rye Country Day School was founded in 1869, when a group of local parents contacted The Reverend William Life and his wife, Susan, who ran a small school in Pennsylvania. The Lifes came to Rye and established The Rye Female Seminary under the direction of Mrs. Life. During its first year - 1869 - sixty students (25 boarders and 35 day students) enrolled in The Seminary, which was located on the present school property on Grandview Avenue.

In 1896, The Seminary was purchased by the Misses Harriet and Mary Stowe, two members of the faculty. Upon assuming leadership, the Stowe sisters initiated significant changes in the curriculum. During this period, The Seminary was part of a national trend, namely the introduction of college preparatory programs for women. Conscious of the potential financial risk for a strictly proprietary institution, a group of parents bought The Seminary in 1917 and established it as a nonprofit day school under the...
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