Begin Here. Succeed Anywhere.

RCDS Alumna Hannah poses smiling with her high school diploma.

"RCDS teachers encouraged us to immerse ourselves in the learning so we could understand it on a deeper level. I embrace this mindset as I enter my freshman year at Notre Dame. Many of my friends describe how hard the academic transition has been for them. For me, this step is just a continuation of my learning and 
it all started at RCDS."

– Hannah Reynolds,
RCDS Class of 2015;
 Trinity Hall Class of 2019 Salutatorian

The RCDS Advisory Program promotes personal accountability, moral courage and goal-setting, all while focusing on the personal needs and strengths of each student to prepare them for success after RCDS. 

Life After RCDS presents a world of possibilities. RCDS proves an impressive record of matriculation. Our graduates are regularly recognized for their leadership, strength of character, academic achievement and outstanding executive functioning and organizational skills. See below for a list of secondary schools and colleges that our graduates have attended. 

Graduates pose with their diplomas.

For over 90 years, RCDS graduates have matriculated at some of the finest secondary schools and colleges in the country.

Once again, RCDS eighth graders have a tremendous number of options for secondary school.

Recently, the Class of 2022 received acceptances to some of the most competitive schools in New Jersey and beyond. Gators have been offered places at a host of boarding schools including The Hun School, The Peddie School, and Lawrenceville, as well as highly respected independent day schools in our area. A number of eighth graders will join Gators from the classes of 2021, 2020, and 2019 at our local public high schools. RCDS graduates from these classes often place in accelerated classes and programs, and serve as leaders in the school community.

“We are beyond proud of our eighth grade class. There's no question our graduates are prepared to meet the high academic expectations of the secondary schools they attend. RCDS graduates also exemplify The Four Pillars — Kind, Honest, Responsible, Respectful — which makes them valued members of their high school communities."

- Head of School Carson Smith

We applaud the members of the Class of 2022 who have earned admission to the following secondary schools:

Arrowhead Union High School
Biotechnology High School
Blair Academy
Christian Brothers Academy
Communications High School
Delbarton School
Episcopal High School
High Technology High School
The Hill School
The Hun School
Kent School
The Lawrenceville School
The Loomis Chaffee School
Mater Dei Prep
Millbrook School
Morristown-Beard School
The Peddie School
The Pingry School
Ranney School
Red Bank Catholic High School
Red Bank Regional High School - Fine Arts Academy
Red Bank Regional High School - Engineering Academy
Rumson-Fair Haven High School
Salisbury School
Shattuck-St. Mary's School
Shore Regional High School
Trinity Hall
Trinity-Pawling School
The Williams School
Woodberry Forest School

We applaud the members of the Class of 2018 who have committed to attend the following colleges:

Bentley University
Boston College
Colgate University
College of Wooster
Davidson College
Duke University
Elon College
Georgetown University
Hamilton College
Indiana University
Kean University
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University
McDaniel College
New York University
Northeastern University

Quinnipiac University
Rice University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Southern Methodist University
Syracuse University
Temple University
Tulane University
University of Arizona
University of Miami
University of Notre Dame
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin Madison
Villanova University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Yale University
Two graduates embrace at the graduation ceremony.

A Selection of College Matriculations for RCDS Graduates:

Boston College
Brown University
Bucknell University
Clemson University
Colgate University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Emory University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgetown University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Lafayette College
Loyola University Maryland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
Monmouth University
Nazareth College

New York University
Northeastern University
Penn State University
Providence College
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Salve Regina University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Syracuse University
The Citadel
The Savannah College of Art and Design
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Wesleyan University
William & Mary

"We will always remember sharing meals with faculty and students in all grades, traveling together on various field trips, making lifelong friends and participating in the life of the school – playing sports, involvement in the arts and community service...we all share the same sentiments and can attest that RCDS is great at growing people."

– Lydia Lu, RCDS Class of 2018

Headshot of alumna Lydia Lu.