Embracing Diversity at
The Rumson Country Day School
Our philosophy regarding diversity is drawn directly from our school's Mission Statement: "to provide students from all communities with a dynamic, challenging academic experience in a safe and supportive environment" and "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."
Diversity at RCDS means more than just those multicultural differences of race, ethnicity, and national origin; it also includes socio-economic diversity, gender, and differences in learning style. We welcome different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage different voices and viewpoints.
Led by a Board-level Committee on Diversity, RCDS strives to increase diversity in its program and partnerships, faculty, and student body. This three-pronged effort includes community outreach and financial aid to bring a wider variety of families to our school, administrative searches for a more diverse faculty and staff, and a school-wide curriculum that helps to build cross-cultural understanding.
Our students also participate in a variety of community-based programs in which they work closely with children in more diverse settings. A series of donor-established endowment funds also support an exciting travel-study program for our faculty, providing summer grants that have allowed RCDS teachers to travel around the world and bring a more global perspective into their classrooms.
Our students will live in a world more diverse and interdependent than that of any previous generation. At RCDS, we believe in helping our students to become responsible citizens in such a world. As a school, we are committed to the development of compassionate people who value, accept, and respect diversity. Our school community strives to create an inclusive environment in which each member feels comfortable and accepted; an environment in which differences and commonalities are appreciated in equal measures.