Rockland Country Day School

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Rockland Country Day School
34 Kings Highway
Congers, New York 10920
United States
Coordinates 41°08′54″N 73°56′45″W / 41.1482°N 73.9458°W / 41.1482; -73.9458Coordinates: 41°08′54″N 73°56′45″W / 41.1482°N 73.9458°W / 41.1482; -73.9458
School type Private
Motto E Radicibus Fortibus Floremus (From Strong Roots We Flourish)
Established 1959
Oversight Board of Trustees
CEEB code 335281
Head of School Kimberly A. Morcate
Grades PreK-12
Enrollment 130[1]
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Hours in school day 7
Campus Former Farm with Organic Garden and Forest
Campus size 20 acres (81,000 m2)
School colour(s) Green and White
Sports Soccer, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee (2016)
Nickname RCDS
Team name Cougars
Accreditation New York State Association of Independent Schools[2]
Average SAT scores CR: 580; MA: 660; WR: 620, Median Scores
Yearbook Yes
Affiliation None

Rockland Country Day School is a private coed college-preparatory school that serves students in Pre-K through 12th grade. It is located in Congers, New York and was founded in 1959 as an alternative to public education in Rockland County. The school's stated mission is to "[bring] forth the best in every student by knowing and educating each of them as an individual." In 2014 the school celebrated its 55th anniversary.


The Rockland Country Day School was established in 1959 by a group of local community leaders, led by Prof. Charles Frankel of Columbia University. Originally located in South Nyack, New York, the school moved to its current campus in Congers, New York when it outgrew its original location.


The Rockland Country Day School has relatively small classes, having a roughly 7-to-1 student to teacher ratio. The school offers a variety of courses including Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, American History, European History, Psychology, Theater, Music and Art. The school has French, Spanish, and Mandarin for foreign languages. The school also has some AP courses.

Unique features[edit]

Probably the most unusual feature of the Rockland Country Day School is that since the fall of 2009, the school offers an open and flexible option of Independent Study in all grades, resulting in portfolios for each child. With students' time scheduled as an elective, they execute projects of their own conception, and under their own management, pursuing their individual passions and curiosities. The school provides resources such as advising/mentoring, tutorials, organized group discussion sessions, and software and physical tools. Evaluation of independent study projects is carried out once per semester by a distinctive committee system, with committee members chosen jointly by students and faculty.[3]

Another distinctive feature of the Rockland Country Day School is its Organic Garden. Led by the organic gardener and supported by the Whole Kids Foundation, students continue to build, tend to, and learn about sustainable methods of agriculture and the relationship between people and their food.

Notable alumni[edit]

Ken Be, Lutist