A mix of students from different grades sitting at a lunch table with a teacher to share a family-style meal.


No one sits alone at RCDS, because students always have a place where they belong. Lunch is served family-style at assigned tables where students of mixed ages are joined by a teacher or administrator.

Why Family-Style Dining?
Every student has a job at lunchtime; it might be getting food to the table, stacking dishes or wiping the table when the meal is done. Visitors to the historic Chad Small Family Dining Room are struck by the peaceful atmosphere, with students focused on eating, observing proper table decorum, and taking turns listening to peers. At the table, there is plenty of time for students and adults to get to know each other, to chat and joke, and to discuss their daily challenges. Family-style lunch also creates an ideal opportunity for school professionals to take note of how each child is doing. It’s another way we build community based on mutual respect.

"The RCDS dining experience makes you feel like part of a family."

– Lily McDonagh, RCDS Class of 2018


The Meals
The food itself includes nutritious choices to satisfy different tastes and dietary needs. Soup, salad, fruit, yogurt and vegetarian selections are daily offerings. If you have questions about our food service, please contact Chef Nick Cittadino, Food Service Director, at ncittadino@rcds.org.

RCDS plates.


Click here to view the weekly lunch menu.

Girl student smiles while holding lunch tray.
Chef Cittadino shows students seated at a dining room table the inside of an avocado to introduce them to new foods.
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