Rumson Country Day School

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The Rumson Country Day School
35 Bellevue Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760

Type Private school
Motto "Vitae Disce" Latin Translation "Learn For Life"
Established November 1, 1926
Headmaster Dr. Chad Browning Small
Faculty 62[1]
Grades Nursery - 8
Enrollment 432 (in N-8 as of 2013-14)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 7.1:1[1]
Color(s) Green and White
Nickname Gators

Founded in 1926,The Rumson Country Day School is a coeducational, nonsectarian independent day school located on a 14-square-metre (150 sq ft) campus in Rumson, New Jersey, specializing in educating boys and girls from nursery (age three) through eighth grade. The school contains 48 classrooms equipped with interactive Smart Board technology, projectors and Apple TVs. The school has three libraries, a state-of-the-art Mac lab with video green screen (including a 1:1 iPad program with 100 iPads and 350 additional iPads in carts), 70 MacBook Pros and 120 iMacs, three science labs, three music rooms, 200-seat auditorium, a large woodshop, two gymnasiums (Blake Gymnasium and the original, restored gym from the 1950s), three playing fields (including Warner Field, field hockey field and a baseball diamond), and two dining rooms. In 2010, the school constructed the William I. Riker wing, equipped with new science and art classrooms, as well as a new library. RCDS seeks to provide students from all communities with a challenging academic experience in a supportive environment; to nourish academic excellence, individual and social responsibility, civic awareness, and leadership skills; and inspire graduates to become life-long learners who are able to thrive, contribute, and excel in a demanding secondary school environment and in tomorrow's society.

Guided by a mission and environment that embraces both its history and its future, The Rumson Country Day School has a caring, family environment where passion for learning abounds and strong connections form between students and faculty. Always encouraged to try new experiences, RCDS students receive tremendous support from their teachers and classmates. As advisors and coaches, the faculty inspires intellectual curiosity, accountability and compassion for others. At this special time in a child’s development, RCDS is dedicated to recognizing strengths, nurturing skills and helping children to communicate with confidence. Strong academics, athletics, arts and technology round out the program, giving students confidence and the ability to use their considerable intellect and energy for the greater good. Kind, Honest, Responsible, Respectful are four qualities of character that are cornerstones of the RCDS experience. These character traits combined with performance characteristics such as resilience, teamwork and creativity are reinforced throughout campus life to create a well-balanced learning environment. Above all, children view RCDS as a second home.

The Rumson Country Day School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[citation needed] and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

For the 1998-99 school year, The Rumson Country Day School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[3]

School population[edit]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school has an enrollment of 432 students (in K-8, plus 52 in Pre-Kindergarten) and 62 classroom teachers, for a student-teacher ratio of 7.1:1.[1] In Grades N-5, students are divided into heterogeneous homerooms with a maximum size of 16 students per homeroom. In Grades 6-8, classes are departmentalized and honors sections are offered in English, math and foreign language (French and Spanish only). The Rumson Country Day School has 62 full-time and 4 part-time teachers. Teachers have an average of 18 years of experience, with 13 of those years at RCDS. The school has a student/teacher ratio of 7:1 and average class size of 15.


The school offers a traditional curriculum of English grammar and literature, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language (French and Latin, with Spanish added in the 1960s), art, crafts, shop, music and physical education. The school also offers a SWS program which stands for School Within A School. This program helps children with learning disabilities progress through the educational institution.

On September 10, 2010, The Rumson Country Day School officially opened the new William I. Riker Academic Center, an addition covering 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2) that includes a new main library, new computer lab and art rooms, a seminar room and three new age-specific science labs. This addition allows for greater flexibility in all classrooms as Riker Hall also features many "common" areas that allow for multiple classes and entire grades to learn together. The Academic Center was named after Bill Riker, who graduated from RCDS in 1974 and was the Chair of the Capital Campaign spearheading the vision and planning for several years.


Interscholastic sports were started at RCDS in 1946. Sports are played throughout the academic year. Fall sports are soccer (boys and girls), football, and field hockey. Winter sports include: basketball (boys and girls), and ice hockey: started in 2007 with one game which was won 4-0 against Princeton Day School. Spring sport include lacrosse (boys and girls), baseball, and softball. This year, RCDS football team was undefeated!


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Coordinates: 40°21′47″N 74°00′46″W / 40.3631°N 74.0128°W / 40.3631; -74.0128