The Rumson Country Day School - Inspiring Students to be Lifelong Global Thinkers
The Rumson Country Day School (RCDS) is a Nursery through grade eight, co-educational school founded in 1926. Based on the basic philosophy of a traditional, academically-rigorous liberal arts program, RCDS encourages children to seek and enjoy the process of learning while upholding the school’s core values – Kindness, Honesty, Responsibility and Respect. The non-profit RCDS has grown to be recognized throughout Monmouth County and beyond as a model for its unique, student-centered modern educational approach, and was awarded the “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” designation by the U.S. Department of Education.
As an independent school, RCDS’s overarching goal is to establish foundational skills that can be built upon for a lifetime. The curriculum is designed to promote the education of the whole child, with a focus on character development and non-cognitive skills like problem-solving, resilience, self-advocacy and self-confidence that equip students to learn and grow into successful and fulfilled adults. Across the curriculum, emphasis is placed on hands-on experiential learning combined with S.T.E.A.M. education– Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. STEAM efforts are integrated into every classroom, every day with experimentation, group projects, design-thinking assignments, visual arts, robotics, coding and woodshop to encourage collaboration, thoughtful risk-taking, creativity and critical thinking.
For example, a 3-D printer might be used by students in a History class to construct ancient structures like totem poles, hieroglyphics or even notable battle scenes, and in English to recreate a scene from literature that reinforces the understanding of the material at hand. Robotics is introduced in Technology classes using Dash and Dot robots that inspire students, as young as Beginners (kindergarten), to learn basic coding while having fun. To supplement its daily academic schedule, RCDS offers a wealth of co-curricular opportunities plus an after school enrichment program. Updated facilities and access to current technology offer unlimited resources that allow RCDS students and its faculty to thrive.
The primary qualifications of RCDS teachers are a love of children and a passion for education. Students are guided by a family of mentors who recognize strengths, nurture skills and empower confident children to be curious about the world around them. Small class size allows RCDS faculty to provide differentiated support for individual students while nurturing long-lasting authentic relationships with both students and their families. Last year, the RCDS faculty participated in 100+ professional development opportunities throughout the school year.
The combination of RCDS’s challenging core curriculum with its focus on character, non-cognitive skills, experiential learning, STEAM and relationship-building inspires its graduates to become lifelong learners able to thrive, contribute, and excel in a demanding secondary school environment and in today’s global society – and this seems to make all the difference in a positive educational outcome.