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HEAD OF SCHOOL

Welcome

Dear Families,

Thank you for your interest in The Rumson Country Day School. Academic excellence, our emphasis on critical life skills and character development, and our strong community form the foundation for the truly great independent education that we are proud to provide at RCDS.

Our faculty members are experts in their respective fields who are passionate about their disciplines. Our teachers also inspire in their students a love of learning, and they are dedicated to helping each child progress academically, socially, and emotionally throughout their time here.

Whether a child needs extra encouragement or a greater challenge, they will find it at RCDS. Small class sizes create an inclusive learning environment in which our teachers provide differentiated instruction and form long-lasting, authentic relationships with their students that are the underpinning of their successful educational experience.

We strive every day to inspire curious, happy, energetic students who exemplify the School’s Four Pillars – Kind, Honest, Responsible, Respectful. Our alumni are regularly recognized for their strength of character and their leadership, which, along with their academic preparation and commitment to academic success, enable RCDS graduates to thrive at some of the most selective high schools and colleges in the country.

You can learn more about our educational experience by joining us for a virtual information session or scheduling an in-person tour.  We look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Respectfully,
Carson T. Smith

“I have the best job in the world because I have the privilege to come to school with enthusiastic students every day."Carson T. Smith
Head of School

Head shot of Head of School Carson T. Smith

About Carson T. Smith

Mr. Smith is RCDS's ninth Head of School. He brings impressive experience as a teacher, administrator, and educational leader to The Rumson Country Day School. A lifelong learner, Mr. Smith recently earned his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Vanderbilt University. He holds a B.A. in Government from Connecticut College and a Master’s degree in Social Studies Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. He and his wife Amy, have three children Margaret, Huntting and Kathryn.

RCDS

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of The Rumson Country Day School assumes the fiduciary responsibility for ensuring that the school's mission is being carried out today; that a roadmap is in place for the future; and that the institution remains financially strong for generations to come.

We, in partnership with the Head of School, provide leadership and a framework within which our superb faculty members bring that mission to life every day as they teach and coach our students in academic disciplines and extracurricular undertakings.

2023-2024 Board Officers

Kristen Masserio, President
Jesse Spector '95, Vice-President
Meghann Marturano, Secretary
Todd Whitenack, Treasurer
Ryan Kelly, Assistant Treasurer

2023-2024 Trustees

Brian Chin
Jeffrey Cruz
Sarah Devine '89
Matthew Haddad '97
Rich McHugh
Debra Menkowitz
Kelli O'Brien
Carrie Page
Adrianne Raphalian
Shawn Reynolds
Shawn Rubin
Liz Toolan
Christopher Torcivia '97
Michael Walker

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