Frequently Asked Questions

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How big is the class size and what is the teacher/student ratio?

    The average class size is 16. The overall student/teacher ratio is 6:1. 
  • Q: What are the transportation options for families?

    Many families at RCS choose to drive or carpool, but just as many take the bus.

    New York state law requires that school districts provide transportation to students living within 15 miles of their non-public school. Please contact your local school district for details. Families must file annually for this service. In addition, RCS provides a bus service for our families in lower Westchester County and North Stamford, CT. The bus has two central pick-up and drop-off locations: one in Harrison and another in Larchmont. A modest fee for this service is assessed separately from tuition.
  • 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:
    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. - 12:00 p.m.8:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    SPK Extended Day8:20 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 - 9

    8:10 a.m. - 4:10 p.m

    8:10 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Q: Where do the students go after RCS?

    Our graduates and matriculating 8th Graders go to a variety of secondary schools based on interests and talents. Our placement process is thorough and very thoughtful with excellent results. Balancing the outcomes for students who leave at the end of eighth grade and those who graduate from ninth, approximately forty percent of our graduates will attend boarding schools, forty percent will go on to independent secondary day schools, and twenty percent will attend their local public high schools. Click HERE for more information about Secondary School Placement.
  • Q: What foreign languages do you offer at RCS?

    Students in Kindergarten through fourth grade take Spanish. Students in fifth through ninth grade may choose from three foreign language offerings; Spanish, French, and Latin.
  • Q: Do you offer after school care?

    Yes. Our after school programs provide a wide variety of opportunities for 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.

    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
    Crafty Kids
    Creative Writing
    Digital Photography
    Engineering Club
    Exploring Animation
    Hip Hop
    Intro to Sports for Kindergarten Students
    Lego Builders
    Nature/Garden Club
    RCS Runners
    Sports & Games
  • Q: Does the School provide lunch?

    Yes. 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.

    Students in Senior Prekindergarten who stay for the afternoon program and Kindergarteners bring their lunch to school.
  • Q: What is the uniform at RCS?

    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.
  • Q: What is your service learning program?

    At RCS, we are committed to engaging our students in real-world learning through service. We believe in the academic and social benefits of empowering our students to make a difference in the world through service learning. Service learning at RCS is taught and experienced through the lenses of philanthropy and community partnership.

    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. Our service learning program, through education and volunteer work, teaches citizenship, civic engagement and service for the common good. At RCS we strive to create good citizens in addition to good students.

    Our community service partners include:
  • Q: What does diversity mean at RCS?

    We are committed to creating a student body that represents a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, and life experiences. 
  • Q: What is the application process?

    The first step in the application process is to call the admissions office and come visit us! We have a number of ways to explore our campuses. Join us for an Open House, or feel free to call us to set up a private tour. All applications must be submitted by January 15th. Once we receive your application, we will contact you to set up an interview and a time for your child to be screened and visit the classroom. All financial assistance applications are due by February 15th. If you are applying for grades 5-9, applicants must take the ISEE. If classes are not full, then we will happily accept applications after the January 15th deadline.
  • Q: Do you accept applications after the deadline?

    After the regular admissions deadline has passed we will work with families to complete the admissions process as quickly as possible, based on space availability.
  • Q: What will my son/daughter be doing when they come for their visit day?

    For students applying to JPK and SPK: There are two assessments required of our young applicants. One is a half hour one-on-one evaluation with one of our teachers and the other is a 45 minute playgroup where the children are observed taking part in typical Early Childhood classroom activities. Your child will enjoy exploring our stimulating classrooms, building with blocks, playing dress up and engaging in dramatic play.

    For students applying for K through Gr. 8:
    The classroom visit is a chance for us to get to know your child and for your child to experience a typical day at RCS. Your child will arrive at 8:30am as the day gets started and will be assigned a “buddy.” Your son or daughter will follow along with the day’s classroom schedule until pick up time which is usually after lunch. During their day, each child will have a one on one evaluation with one of our teachers to assess their skills.
  • Q: How much is tuition?

    Tuition at Rippowam Cisqua School is all inclusive and covers all meals, snacks, school supplies, science labs, textbook rentals, athletic uniforms, activities, elective arts, and field trips, as well as costs for overnight trips including the seventh grade trip to Philadelphia, the eighth grade trip to Washington, DC, and the ninth grade trip to Italy. Tuition for the upcoming school year is:

    2017-18 Tuition

    Junior PreKindergarten (JPK)$22,800
    Senior PreKindergarten (SPK)$22,800
    SPK Extended Day$30,900
    Grades 1 - 4$37,900
    Grades 5 - 8$39,400
    Grade 9$39,800
  • Q: How many of your students receive some sort of Financial Assistance?

    Approximately 25% of our students receive tuition assistance. Grants are need-based and vary from several thousand dollars to significantly more. This year, RCS awarded over $2.9 million in financial assistance to students from a variety of economic backgrounds.