Community

Together 2020

Our Vision for the Future

Expanding the vision to one campus, one school.
On November 18, the Rippowam Cisqua School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to unite our two campuses for the start of the 2020-21 school year at 439 Canitoe Street in Bedford. This historic decision, which will lead to both divisions of RCS operating together on our newly renovated Upper Campus, will provide the School with an opportunity to strengthen its program, community, and long-term sustainability.

New Early Childhood House

New Classrooms and Science Labs

News and Updates

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  • Reduced Preschool Tuition

    Last year, RCS awarded over three million dollars in tuition assistance to 40% of our families. By uniting our campuses, we are realizing new efficiencies and finding more ways we can continue to meet our goal of increased financial accessibility for families.

    We now have a new 2020-21 tuition schedule for our preschool program. While we have reduced the cost of attendance for preschool families, RCS will maintain all of the magic indicative of a robust RCS education in the new Early Childhood Center and playground. We will also continue to provide the flexibility of an extended school day and after school program that supports working families.

    Learn more about RCS tuition >>
  • November 20 Announcement

    At the start of its 103 academic year in September 2020, all RCS students and faculty will be together on 439 Cantitoe Street in Bedford. Below is the letter that Head of School Colm MacMahon and Board Chair Peter Freund '91 sent to all RCS families announcing this historic and exciting development in the history of Rippowam Cisqua School.

    November 20, 2019


    Dear Rippowam Cisqua School Families,
     
    This past Monday evening the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to unite our two campuses for the start of the 2020-21 school year. We look forward with great optimism at the prospect of having all our students together on one campus next fall, learning from each other in so many new and meaningful ways.
     
    This historic decision, which will lead to both divisions of Rippowam Cisqua School operating together on our newly renovated Upper Campus, will provide the School with an opportunity to strengthen its program, community, and long-term sustainability. With a shared desire for the best possible future for our students, the senior administration, faculty, and staff have already started planning for this change, including a professional development day two and a half weeks ago specifically geared around all the exciting synergies and possibilities ahead.
     
    While there is still a significant amount of work to be completed prior to next September, the School’s preparations over the past six months have left it well situated. In order to keep our community well informed, we are hosting an information night on Thursday, January 30, at which time we will be able to share detailed plans for the year ahead. Prior to that evening, our communications team will keep families up-to-date on the project.
     
    We are confident that we will look back upon this as a benchmark moment and be proud of how uniting our two campuses strengthened the ethos of our community and proved to be a celebratory moment in the long, storied history of Rippowam Cisqua School.
     
    We will be sharing more in the coming weeks, but should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either of us.
     
    In Partnership,
     
     
    Peter B. Freund ’91                                                                          
    Chair, Board of Trustees 
     
     
     
    Colm MacMahon
    Head of School
  • All-School Professional Development Day

    RCS prides itself on giving each child the individualized attention that they need to thrive. With all of our faculty on one campus, teachers will be able to collaborate with greater speed and efficiency and enhance the interdisciplinary programs for which RCS is known.  Below is a recent letter to RCS families regarding professional development for faculty and staff.

    Dear RCS Families,
     
    It was wonderful seeing so many of you at the Harvest Moon party! The evening was another reminder of how amazing our community is, and it highlights how many people are involved with making RCS so special. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make this event happen, and a special thank you to the Parents Association for their continued support.
     
    As you read last week in Colm and Peter’s letter, the exciting decision to unite our campuses will provide the faculty and staff an opportunity to support and strengthen the exceptional outcomes for our students. To begin this planning process, RCS faculty and staff met for an all-school professional development day on November 1. This productive and inspiring day allowed the entire faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss the full potential of uniting our campuses.
     
    Through a series of mini workshops, which served as think tanks, teams discussed four central questions:
     
    • What are the most impactful moments of the RCS student experience, and how can we preserve, celebrate, and expand on the unique campus cultures that have defined the RCS experience?
    • How can uniting campuses further strengthen our mission to create independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders?
    • What are the RCS rites of passage that currently exist, and what new experiences can be envisioned as we bring together students from JPK to ninth grade?
    • In what ways can we showcase the exceptional work of each RCS student, and how do we best highlight the academic journey of a lower and upper school experience on one campus?
     
    The greatest takeaway from these conversations was the affirmation that the two campuses are already aligned in so many important ways. As we look to generate new opportunities on one campus, we will be guided by the traditions and experiences that have always been the fabric of the RCS culture.
     
    In taking time to understand our history, discuss new ideas, and establish a shared vision of our future, the faculty and staff will ensure that we forge ahead as one united community. As always, we are eager to hear your thoughts, and encourage you to reach out to us should you want to be part of the conversation!
     
    Best,
     
    Erin and Matt
Rippowam Cisqua School
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
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