Admissions

FAQs

Applying

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

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

    To apply, please create an account and apply online. Once we receive your application, we will invite you back to campus for child visit and parent interview. If your child is applying for Grades 5-9, please register for the ISEE or SSAT test.

    Priority applications are due on January 15 to be considered for the first round of admissions decisions. After the priority deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Tuition assistance applications are due February 1. Learn more about how to apply.
  • Q: What will my child be doing when they come for their visit day?

    Applicants to all grades will be individually assessed with one of our teachers. These sessions are designed to evaluate academic skills and to assess the applicant's learning profile. 

    For students applying to Junior PreKindergarten, Senior PreKindergarten, and Kindergarten:
    There are two assessments required of our young applicants. One is a 30-minute one-on-one evaluation with one of our teachers and the other is a 30-minute PlayGroup where the children are observed taking part in typical Early Childhood classroom activities. Your child will enjoy exploring our stimulating classrooms while engaging in academic play.

    For students applying to Grades 1-9: The classroom visit day is a chance for us to get to know your child and for your child to experience a typical day at Rippowam Cisqua School. Your child will arrive as the day gets started and will be assigned a “buddy.” Your child will then follow along with the day’s schedule until mid-afternoon. During the course of their day, each applicant will have a one-on-one student readiness assessment with one of our learning specialists.
  • Q: Do you accept applications after the deadline?

    Yes. After the priority Admissions deadline has passed we accept applications on a rolling basis.
  • Q: How much is the tuition?

    Tuition varies by grade level and includes all meals, snacks, school supplies, science labs, textbook rentals, athletic uniforms, activities, elective arts, and field trips. It also covers all 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 25% of our students receive tuition assistance that varies from a few thousand dollars to significantly more. This year, RCS awarded over $2.8 million in financial 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 free 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 residents for an additional fee. Many parents drive or carpool. Learn more about your transportation options.

Curriculum

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

School Life

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: When does the day begin and end?

    On the Lower Campus, students in PreKindergarten through fourth grade begin their school day at 8:20 a.m. On the Upper Campus students in fifth through ninth grade begin their school day at 8:10 a.m. Dismissal times vary by grade. Fridays are a half-day on both campuses. See below for a complete schedule:

    GradeMonday-ThursdayFriday
    Junior PreKindergarten (JPK)  8:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  8:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Senior PreKindergarten (SPK)  8:20 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.8:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Kindergarten8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.8:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades 1 - 48:20 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.8:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
    Grades 5 - 98:10 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.8:10 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • 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. The cost is included in your child’s tuition. Students in Senior Prekindergarten bring their lunch to school. Learn more about our lunch program.
  • Q: Do you offer after school care?

    Yes. 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 (PreKindergarten)

    • No uniform required: A uniform is not required for students in Junior PreKindergarten and Senior PreKindergarten; however, students may not wear jeans or sweatpants to school.

    • Footwear: Students may wear sneakers. No sandals or boots are permitted during the academic day.

    • Recommendation: 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

    • Uniform: 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.

    • Footwear: Students may wear sneakers. No sandals or boots are 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: What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean at Rippowam Cisqua?

    Rippowam Cisqua School embraces and seeks the opportunity to engage meaningfully and purposefully with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recognize the common humanity of all people and teach understanding and respect for the differences among us.  From the age appropriate exploration of one’s own self-defining characteristics to the examination of topics and materials that contrast personal worldview, Rippowam Cisqua is committed to challenging each child and adult to foster greater empathy, understanding, and appreciation for their fellow humans.

    As a school focused on the pursuit of joyous and enlightened learning, we believe in honoring every member of our community as both valued and essential to our collective growth. Cultural awareness is an essential component of an education that prepares our students for the global society in which they live, and we strive to graduate individuals who seek intellectual and personal connections with people of different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives in the pursuit of the greater goal of making our society more empathetic, equitable, and just.
Lower Campus (PreK-Grade 4)
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
phone: (914) 244-1200
Upper Campus (Grades 5-9)
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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