Admissions

FAQs

The RCS campus is open and teaching is happening in person. The Admissions Office will continue to assist families in finding the right school for their child through our virtual visit experiences. We are also here to answer your questions and connect you with the RCS community in educational and interactive ways.

Curious minds ask great questions. Discover more about admissions, curriculum, and school life. 
As you get to know RCS, below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. You are always welcome to visit RCS or contact the Admissions team at (914) 244-1296 with additional questions. We would love to hear from you.

Admissions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How do I apply to Rippowam Cisqua School?


    Create an account to apply online. Once we receive your application, we will schedule a virtual student screening and parent interview.
    Learn more about how to apply here.

  • Q: Do you accept applications after the deadline?


    Yes. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round for JPK and SPK. The priority deadline for Kindergarten through Grade 9 is January 15, 2021. After the priority deadline has passed, we accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year as space allows.

  • Q: How much is the tuition?


    Tuition varies by grade level
    and includes lunch, snacks, school supplies, science labs, textbook rentals, athletic uniforms, activities, elective arts, and field trips. (Pre-and Post Covid-19 It also covers overnight trips including the seventh grade trip to Philadelphia, the eighth grade trip to Washington, DC, and the ninth grade year-end trip. Click here for more information about tuition, fees, and tuition assistance.

  • Q: Do you offer tuition assistance?


    We offer need-based grants to well-deserving families. Approximately 40% of our students receive tuition assistance that varies from a few thousand dollars to significantly more. This year, RCS awarded over $3 million in tuition assistance to students from a variety of economic backgrounds. Learn more about our tuition assistance program.

  • Q: What are the transportation options for families?


    Families have three main options. New York state law requires that school districts provide transportation to students at least five years old living within 15 miles of their non-public school. Rippowam also provides bus service to Lower Westchester and Stamford residents for an additional fee. Many parents drive or carpool. Learn more about your transportation options.

Curriculum

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the average class size and what is the teacher/student ratio?


    Typically there are no more than 18 students in each class with an average class size of 16 students. Each classroom in JPK through Grade 4 has a head teacher and teaching assistant. The overall student/teacher ratio is 6:1.

  • Q: What foreign languages do you offer?


    Students in Kindergarten through fourth grade take Global Language, an introduction to world languages and cultures.

    All fifth grade students study Spanish.

    Students in sixth through ninth grade may choose from three foreign language offerings: Spanish, French, and Latin.
  • Q: Which schools do students attend when they graduate?


    Our graduates go to a variety of secondary schools based on interests and talents. Approximately 34% of our graduates attend boarding schools, 46% attend independent secondary day schools, and 20% attend their local public high schools.
    See the full list of schools.

  • Q: What is your service learning program?


    We are committed to engaging our students in real-world learning through service. Through education and volunteer work,
    our service-learning program, teaches citizenship, civic engagement, and service for the common good. This type of learning raises awareness of others and issues of social justice, has a direct impact on the surrounding community, and fosters a lifelong commitment to helping others within the community. Learn how we help develop good citizens through service learning.
     
     

School Life

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Where can I find the school calendar?


    You can find key dates HERE.  The school calendar is mailed to families in August and is also available online.
  • Q: Does the School provide lunch and snacks?


    Yes. Lunch and snacks are served daily Monday-Thursday for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 9. Our daily menu offers a variety of wholesome and nutritious foods with both hot and cold options. The menu incorporates organic and locally produced foods, some of which are harvested from our Learning Garden. Lunch is included in the tuition. Students in Senior PreKindergarten bring their lunch to school. Learn more about our lunch program.

  • Q: Do you offer before and after school care?


    Yes! Before school care begins at 7:45 a.m for students in PreK through Grade 9. This service is offered at no charge on a drop-in basis.
     
    Our After School Programs provide a wide variety of opportunities for PreK through Grade 4 students Monday through Thursday until 6:00 p.m. and Fridays until 5:00 p.m. With fall and spring registrations, parents can tailor their children's participation in CAT/Homework Club or in our After School Classes to suit the family schedule. Learn more about our after school program offerings.
     
  • Q: What is the uniform at RCS?

    School uniform requirements vary to accommodate the different needs of children at different ages.

    Early Childhood (JPK-SPK): No uniform is required for students in Junior PreKindergarten and Senior PreKindergarten; however, students may not wear jeans or sweatpants to school. We encourage parents to select clothing that is practical for daily activities, which include sitting on the floor, physical exercise, outdoor play, drawing, and painting.

    Kindergarten-Grade 9: Students in Kindergarten through fourth grade must wear navy or khaki pants and a white or navy collared shirt; or a navy jumper with a white or navy collared shirt; and solid navy, or solid gray sweater, sweater vest, or fleece. Blackwatch kilts may also be worn by students in Grades 5-9.

    All students: Students may wear sneakers. Sandals and boots are not permitted during the academic day.

    Where to buy: The basic uniform items may be purchased from the RCS School Store, Lands’ End, The Gap, or Flynn & O’Hara. In addition, each campus offers “gently used” uniform items available for free to parents throughout the school year through our Uniform Swap.

  • Q: How does RCS support diversity, equity, and inclusion?


    Rippowam Cisqua School embraces and seeks the opportunity to engage meaningfully and purposefully with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read our complete statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion and how we support DEI at RCS. 
     
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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