About the School

Founded in 1869, Rye Country Day School is one of the country’s most highly regarded co-educational day schools, serving boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Dedicated to providing an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches, RCDS offers a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. Since its founding, RCDS has been guided by the motto “Not for Self, but for Service,” stressing the core belief in the potential of each student to have a positive, lasting impact. The School’s core values are: R = Respect and Responsibility; C = Commitment to Personal and Academic Excellence; D = Diversity within an Inclusive Community; and S = Service.

Rye Country Day’s 26-acre campus with attractive and well-maintained facilities is located 25 miles from Manhattan, at the intersection of routes I-95 and I-287 in Westchester County. The School’s 933 students come from 89 different zip codes in New York and Connecticut, representing 41 school districts. Many students and faculty commute to the School via train, as the Metro-North station is an easy walk from campus. 36% of the students self-identify as people of color, and 16% receive need-based financial aid.

With a favorable 8:1 student-teacher ratio, small classes allow for personalized attention from dedicated faculty, 84% of whom hold advanced degrees. At RCDS, the signature student-faculty relationships ensure that each student’s full potential is realized through constructive challenge and nurturing support.

A high percentage of the 106 graduates of the Class of 2020 matriculated at selective and highly selective colleges and universities. By virtually any standard, Rye Country Day School can be considered a highly resourced school among comparable day schools nationally. Its $40.3 million operating budget is supported by an endowment with a market value of $74.3 million and by a robust annual giving program that totaled just under $3.9 million in 2019-20. Healthy and competitive admissions and strong retention enable RCDS to maintain full enrollment each year, with the average admissions acceptance rate at approximately 25% and the average annual attrition rate below 4%.

About the Position

The Head of School reports to a 33-member Board of Trustees that is comprised primarily of parents and alumni. A strong administrative team joins the Head in supporting a faculty and staff of approximately 230. Current Head of School Scott Nelson has announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2021-22 academic year, thereby concluding a tenure of 29 years during which time the school has grown and prospered significantly. A 12-member Search Committee intends to select the Head-elect in the fall of 2021 to begin their responsibilities on July 1, 2022. The next Head of Rye Country Day School will ideally be an individual of outstanding character, whose personal and professional skills match the School’s culture and who will inspire and enable RCDS to achieve its vision for the future.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in one continuous Word or PDF document. The application deadline is July 15, 2021. Earlier expressions of interest are encouraged and greatly appreciated.

  • Educators’ Collaborative Candidate Summary Sheet and Disclosure Form (contact Deirdre Ling or John Mackenzie for those documents)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Statement of Educational Leadership Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: jmackenzie@educatorscollaborative.com, 614-207-1006


Deirdre Ling, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: daling@comcast.net, 508-423-1605