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Truly Great N-8 Education Never Goes Out of Style.

For nearly 100 years, The Rumson Country Day School motto ‘Learn for Life’ has forged the achievements and success of RCDS graduates.

Times have certainly changed since RCDS was founded in 1926, but the principles that drive our school are more relevant than ever. Our motto Vitae Disce (Learn for Life) continues to prepare our students with all the skills, competencies, and confidence needed to meet the complex world head on. Our abiding commitment to knowing each student as an individual remains the best way to help children grow, thrive, and overcome adversity. RCDS is big on tradition because cherished routines and rites-of-passage experiences instill purpose, character, and a sense of belonging.

The Four Pillars (Kind, Honest, Responsible and Respectful) are spoken about and practiced each day. All of this differentiates RCDS and provides a remarkable foundation that graduates utilize in high school, college, and beyond. It’s the reason accomplished graduates connect the formative years spent at our school with their present success and say, ‘It all started at RCDS.’

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RCDS at a Glance


Students enrolled


The year of our founding


Communities including Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Middletown, Holmdel among others.

Vitae Disce

Our Motto - Latin for "Learn for Life"


Average class size


Grades served

The Four Pillars

Our core values - Kind, Honest, Responsible, Respectful



Seventh grade students with arms around each other posing for group photo

The Rumson Country Day School, founded in 1926 as an independent educational institution, seeks:

  • to provide students from all communities with a dynamic, challenging academic experience in a safe and supportive environment;
  • to nourish academic excellence, individual and social responsibility, civic awareness, and leadership skills;
  • to inspire our graduates to become life-long learners able to thrive, contribute, and excel in a demanding secondary school environment and in today’s global society.


History in Brief

RCDS is founded as The Rumson School. The following year, the school opened with 23 students and five teachers. Harold S. Clark is the first Head of School.

The Rumson School is re-named The Rumson Country Day School, reflecting the school’s growth and embrace of the Country Day model to educate, nourish and challenge each student’s mind, body, and spirit for their personal development and for a common good.

New wing is built which doubles the size of RCDS.

RCDS funds first scholarship program to provide greater access to independent education. Today the school awards $1 million in financial assistance annually.

First Class Day is held. The schoolwide celebration recognizing student achievement and growth over the academic year is quickly established as a Signature Tradition.

New, two-story wing provides 10 classrooms and new facilities for arts, science, music, and technology.

The Horizon Summer Student Enrichment Program is established, meeting an educational need in the greater community and providing service opportunities to RCDS students.

Jayne S. Carmody School is founded to transform students with language-based differences into high achievers and capable, confident learners.

Carson T. Smith is named RCDS Head of School.
Class photo of students and teachers taken in 1926 in front of the school doors.
Historic photo of community in Blake Gym
Ribbon-cutting of Riker Hall
Horizons Student Enrichment Program
Students are greeted at the door by the Head of School and teacher as they arrive to school.