RCS at a Glance

Year Founded: 1917

Grades: PreKindergarten (age 3) through Grade 9

School Motto:
 Dare to be True from George Herbert’s poem “Courage”

School Colors: Red and Blue

Enrollment:
  • 400 students from over 45 area towns in Westchester, Fairfield, and Putnam counties
  • 15% of current students are children of RCS alums
Average Student Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 16

Endowment: $18 million

Financial Assistance:
  • $2.9 Million in Financial Assistance awarded in 2015-16
  • 25% of Students Awarded Financial Assistance in 2015-16
Two Campuses -- The Lower Campus (PreK-4) is located on West Patent Road in Mount Kisco, New York. The original 1917 schoolhouse is now part of the Upper Campus (Grades 5-9) on Cantitoe Street in Bedford, New York.

Secondary School Placement -- Each year, our eighth and ninth graders transition to outstanding private day, residential, and public secondary schools. The Secondary School Placement Office guides students through the important process of finding a school that best suits each student’s needs. Over the last five years, an average of 93% of ninth graders who declared a first choice were accepted at their first choice school.

Nuts & Bolts

List of 4 items.

  • School Hours

    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:

    GradeMon-Thurs.Friday
    Junior PreK(JPK)8:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.8:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

    Senior PreK(SPK)

    8:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    8:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    SPK Extended Day

    8:20 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    8:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

    Kindergarten

    8:20 a.m.-3:20 p.m.

    8:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Grades 1-4

    8:20 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.

  • School Uniform

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

    Early Childhood
    A uniform is not required for students in Junior PreKindergarten, Senior PreKindergarten, or Kindergarten; 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, and creating art.

    Grades 1 - 4
    Students in first through fourth grade are required to wear the School uniform, which includes 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. Students may wear sneakers. No sandals or boots are permitted during the academic day.

    Grades 5-9
    Students in fifth through ninth grade are required to wear the School uniform, which includes navy or khaki pants and a white or navy collared shirt; or a Blackwatch kilt with a white or navy collared shirt; and solid navy, or solid gray sweater, sweater vest, or fleece. Students may wear sneakers. No sandals or boots are permitted during the academic day.

    The basic uniform items may be purchased from 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.



     
  • Lunch

    Lunch is served daily Monday - Thursday for all students in grades 1-9. 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. The cost is included in your child’s tuition.

    Senior Pre-Kindergarten (SPK) students who enroll in the SPK Extended Day program bring a bag lunch to school.

    All Kindergarten students bring a bag lunch to school.


  • After School Programs

    Our after school programs provide a wide variety of opportunities for students in Grades Junior PreKindergarten - 4. After School Programs are available 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.

    CAT/Homework Club -- Children’s After School Time (CAT) is an optional program designed to help parents meet their childcare needs and is available Monday through Friday to students in Grades Junior PreKindergarten - 4. CAT provides a safe, relaxed environment where students can make friends of different ages and participate in engaging and unique activities. Homework Club is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays as part of the CAT program. Students enrolled in Homework Club, are given support and structure in completing their homework assignments.

    After School Classes
     - RCS offers a variety of optional after school classes taught by our Lower Campus faculty including:

    Animal Kingdom
    Book Club
    Chess
    Clay
    Cooking
    Crafty Kids
    Creative Writing
    Cross Fit Kids
    Digital Photography
    Drama
    Engineering Club
    Exploring Animation
    Hip Hop
    Intro to Sports for Kindergarten Students
    Lego Builders
    Nature/Garden Club
    RCS Runners
    Sew Happy
    Sports & Games
    Violin

    Click HERE for more information about our After School Programs.