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" ("Learn For Life")
Established November 1, 1926
Headmaster Whitney Slade
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 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) campus in Rumson, New Jersey, specializing in educating boys and girls from nursery (age three) through eighth grade. 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 458 students (in K-8, plus 42 in Pre-Kindergarten) and 70 classroom teachers, for a student-teacher ratio of 7.14:1.[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, which helps children with learning disabilities.

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.


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.


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