• Imagine what your child can achieve when given the space to dream, to do — to dare to be true.



We created an innovative program designed to develop a growth mindset. Our immersive and experiential curriculum deepens learning, and strong student/teacher bonds help students thrive. As a PreKindergarten through Grade 9 school, RCS is uniquely suited to challenge and nurture students through these critical wonder years. 

At RCS, students develop the social, emotional, and intellectual skills young minds need to embrace new ideas, overcome challenges, and confidently problem-solve. Upon graduation, RippKids are uniquely prepared to chart their own paths as independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders.

RippKids can go anywhere from here.

Independent. Creative. Confident. That’s how RippKids leave Rippowam Cisqua School. It is our mission, and we deliver every time. Our students consistently rise to the top, which is reflected in their high rate of admissions to their first-choice schools, and their ongoing commitment as active, enthusiastic, and supportive alumni.

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  • Where RCS Students Are Accepted for Secondary School

    Our students are evaluated alongside a remarkably talented pool of applicants from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for independent day schools, and alongside an equally impressive global pool for boarding schools. After visiting schools during the admissions season, students often apply to multiple schools to maximize their options. The list below represents the secondary schools to which our students have gained admission for the 2023-24 school year.
    Boarding Schools
    Avon Old Farms
    Berkshire School*
    Blair Academy*
    Brooks School
    Canterbury School*
    Choate Rosemary Hall
    Deerfield Academy
    Episcopal High School*
    Frederick Gunn School
    Holderness School
    Hotchkiss School
    Kent School*
    Loomis Chaffee School*
    Millbrook School*
    Pomfret School*
    Proctor Academy
    Salisbury School*
    St. Andrew’s School*
    St. George’s School
    St. Paul’s School
    Suffield Academy*
    Taft School*
    Westminster School*
    Day Schools
    Brunswick School*
    Greens Farms Academy*
    Greenwich Academy*
    Greenwich Country Day School*
    Hackley School* 
    Hopkins School
    Iona Preparatory School
    King School*
    Masters School*
    Rye Country Day School
    Sacred Heart Greenwich*
    School of the Holy Child*
    St. Luke’s School*
    * Two or more students accepted

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  • Where RCS Students Matriculate for Secondary School

    Where students ultimately choose to go is as varied as their individual personalities. Some choose their local public school while others choose to travel across the country to attend special interest schools that help them hone skills like horseback riding, tennis, or skiing. Below is a list of schools where students have matriculated over the past five years.

                                                            Classes of 2018-22

    Boarding Schools                          
    Day Schools
    Avon Old Farms*
    Archbishop Stepinac HS*
    Berkshire School*
    Blair Academy*
    Byram Hills High School*
    Choate Rosemary Hall*
    Columbia Grammar and Prep
    Deerfield Academy*
    Dwight School
    Emma Willard School
    Ethical Culture Fieldston School
    Gunnery School* 
    Fairfield College Preparatory School*
    Holderness Academy
    Fordham Preparatory School*
    Hotchkiss School*
    Fox Lane High School* 
    Hill School*
    Greens Farms Academy* 
    Kent School*
    Greenwich Academy*
    Lawrenceville School*
    Greenwich Country Day School*
    Loomis Chaffee School*
    Greenwich High School
    Millbrook School*
    Horace Greeley High School
    Milton Academy*
    Hackley School*
    Miss Porter’s School*
    Harrison High School 
    Northfield Mount Hermon*
    Harvey School*
    Peddie School*
    Horace Mann 
    Phillips Academy Andover*
    Iona Preparatory School*
    Phillips Exeter Academy
    John Jay High School* 
    Pomfret School*
    Kennedy Catholic High School*
    Portsmouth Abbey School
    King School*
    Proctor Academy
    Mahopac High School
    Salisbury School*
    Mamaroneck High School
    St. Andrew’s School
    Masters School*
    St. George’s School*
    North Salem High School 
    St. Mark’s School*
    New Fairfield High School
    St. Paul’s School*
    Ossining High School
    Stoneleigh-Burnham School
    Pleasantville High School
    Suffield Academy*
    Rye Country Day School*
    Taft School*
    Sacred Heart Greenwich*
    Thacher School*
    School of the Holy Child*
    Trinity Pawling School
    St. Luke’s School*
    Walnut Hill School for the Arts
    Westhill High School*
    Westminster School*
    Wilton High School
    Wooster School
    Yorktown High School 
    *indicates two or more stud

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  • Where RCS Students Matriculate for College

    The skills students learn at RCS last a lifetime. Alumni often credit their experiences at RCS as a key influencer in choosing a college. As high school seniors applying to college, RCS students have a distinct advantage over some of their peers as they experienced a similarly self-reflective and complex application process when they applied to secondary schools. Moreover, they often refer to their RCS coursework in their college essays and interviews, and they can count on RCS teachers for advice, written recommendations or general support as they continue their education.

    The following is a selection of colleges and universities at which RCS students have matriculated in the last five years.

    American University*
    American University of Paris
    Barnard College*
    Bates College*
    Boston College*
    Boston University*
    Bowdoin College
    Brown University
    Bucknell University*
    Claremont McKenna College
    Clarkson University
    Colby College*
    Colgate University*
    College of Charleston*
    College of the Holy Cross*
    Colorado College*
    Columbia University*
    Cornell University*
    Denison University*
    Dickinson College*
    Duke University*
    Elon University*
    Emerson College
    Emory University
    George Washington University*
    Georgetown University*
    Gettysburg College
    Hamilton College
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Howard University
    Indiana University*
    Ithaca College*
    Johns Hopkins University
    Kenyon College*
    Lafayette College*
    Lehigh University*
    Marist College
    Marquette University
    Middlebury College*
    New York University*
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University*
    Princeton University*
    San Diego State University
    Southern Methodist University*
    St. Lawrence University*
    Stanford University
    Syracuse University*
    Trinity College*
    Tufts University*
    Tulane University*
    Union College*
    University of California Berkeley
    University of California Santa Barbara
    University of Chicago*
    University of Colorado Boulder*
    University of Denver*
    University of Maryland
    University of Miami*
    University of Michigan
    University of Missouri
    University of North Carolina*
    University of Notre Dame*
    University of Oxford
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Rhode Island
    University of Richmond*
    University of Southern California*
    University of St Andrews Scotland*
    University of Tampa*
    University of Texas
    University of Vermont*
    University of Virginia*
    University of Wisconsin*
    Vanderbilt University
    Villanova University*
    Virginia Tech
    Wake Forest University*
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Washington and Lee University*
    William & Mary
    Yale University*

Rippowam Cisqua School
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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