Summertime, and the District was Busy

On July 1, the Rye City School District welcomed Superintendent Dr. Eric Byrne, who comes to Rye from Chappaqua, where he was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the past six years. Dr. Byrne presented his “entry plan” at the June 27 Board of Education meeting and has spent the summer meeting with District staff, community leaders, and parents, touring the school buildings, and generally getting to know Rye and its people.

The Technology Department has been hard at work preparing to launch the new version of Parents and community members should find the new site far easier to navigate. The website is now ADA-compliant. Look for a new, free app coming from the Technology Department in the fall.

The District has hired Fielding Nair International, a leading firm in education planning and architectural design, to evaluate facilities, make recommendations for more efficient and effective use of space, and develop plans for potential expansion if and when necessary, based on future enrollment. Fielding Nair experts spent a great deal of time in the District’s buildings over the summer and are planning to host some public “town hall” style meetings to garner feedback about how the District’s schools are used by students and the Rye community-at-large.

The Literacy Initiative, now in its fourth year, extends from reading to writing. Over the summer, elementary teachers worked with Shelly Klein, the District’s Literacy Consultant, and Sherri Goffman, the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, to develop new grammar, usage, and mechanics lessons that will be woven throughout the elementary writing curriculum. In addition, teachers developed writing benchmark assessments for each unit of writing.

In July, the District sent a cohort of elementary, middle and high school teachers for a three-day training session in the Writing Revolution method of instruction. More teachers will attend training sessions in the fall.

During the last week of June, the District hosted the second annual Rye Summer Literacy Institute at Milton School, orchestrated by Osborn School Assistant Principal Tory Walley and Sherri Goffman. Eighty-five teachers and administrators from four school districts attended workshops and hands-on training led by Shelly Klein and other facilitators. Attendees enjoyed keynote speeches by three Rye authors: Annabel Monaghan, a Rye Record columnist and author of two young adult novels and a collection of essays, “Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?”; Sam Weinman, author of “Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains” and digital editor for Golf Digest; and graphic artist Anne Mottola, author of “What Grows in the Garden?”

Rye High School has joined the College Advantage program with St. John’s University. As a result, students enrolled in some Rye High courses will earn college credit from St. John’s, which may be eligible for credit at the eventual college of their choice.

The curriculum for Spanish V Advanced and Advanced Honors has been revised to meet the higher skill level of students who have taken Spanish beginning in elementary school. A new class, American Sign Language 2, is available for students who have completed ASL 1, and will allow students to fulfill the two-year sequence in a foreign language that colleges typically require.

Two new laptop carts, each containing 25 Chromebooks, have arrived, courtesy of the Parent Organization, and are destined for the Math and Social Studies departments.

Rye Middle School is adding a new World War II humanities unit for eighth graders, which combines instruction from the Social Studies and English departments. The interdisciplinary course is designed to promote critical thinking and close reading, while allowing students to create their own text on a specific topic and theme related to World War II. Also new this year is a Digital Art and Animation elective for eighth graders. Students will use iPads and apps to build digital animation projects.

A new sixth-grade elective, Keys, Pens and Brushes, examines different forms of written communication, from brushwork to cursive, calligraphy and keyboarding, and looks at ancient written languages such as hieroglyphics and cuneiform.

The RMS Multipurpose Room and hallway received a lot of attention over the summer with all-new flooring, ceiling, and lighting. A number of technological improvements were made, including new speakers, a new projector and screen and an additional Wi-Fi access point for more wireless coverage. A portion of the Media Center has been converted into a quiet working area specifically for Middle School students. The school’s Faculty Room has been refreshed with new flooring and walls; the room’s design and furniture come courtesy of the school’s Parent Organization. Two new laptop carts, containing 25 Chromebooks each, are ready for classroom use thanks to the PO.

Midland School’s former computer lab has been transformed into an active learning space. New flooring, upgraded wiring, and furniture on wheels allow teachers to configure the room for different types of learning. Teachers begin training in active learning teaching methods in September. The south playground was re-seeded over the summer and is ready for fun and games. Twenty-five new Chromebooks and two carts are ready for fourth and fifth grader’s use.

When Milton School students return, they’ll find a brand new outdoor blacktop area in which to enjoy recess games, and a new patio that will function as an outdoor classroom. Twenty-five new Chromebooks and two carts were added for fourth and fifth grade use.

Osborn School’s computer lab will be transitioned into an active learning space with 25 Lenovo ThinkPads replacing traditional desktop computers. Twenty-five new Chromebooks and two carts are in place for fourth and fifth graders to use.

Over the summer, a group of elementary teachers completed the revision of the District’s health curriculum for grades K-5. The curriculum is now aligned to New York State standards, and the changes will be reflected in this year’s elementary health classes.

Archbishop Stepinac High School

Ranked as one of the nation’s top 50 Catholic high schools, Archbishop Stepinac High School will showcase how its acclaimed academic and extracurricular programs shape young men for post-secondary success at its Fall Open House. 

The all-boys school, located at 950 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, will host visitors October 15 from 2-4, and October 24 from 6-8. 

Parents and potential students will have an opportunity to learn more about how Stepinac — grounded in Catholic values and traditions — has become the standard bearer for curriculum innovation, a reputation that began four years ago when the school developed the nation’s first-of-its-kind, all-digital textbook library.

The groundbreaking capability caught the attention of educators and digital learning experts from across the country and overseas. Among them was Daniel Williamson, Managing Director of OpenStax at Rice University, who, after visiting Stepinac, affirmed in his report: “Stepinac is truly a model for education in America.”

The digital textbook library became a key component of the school’s development of the personalized blended learning environment — an advanced learning platform that combines a digital curriculum with a talented faculty committed to academic excellence. Principal Paul Carty noted: “It not only improves learning but prepares our students to become globally competitive at the college level and beyond.” 

Among the other notable Stepinac programs that will be showcased are the school’s Drama Club which this year won the top Metropolitan High School Award for best production for the regional premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”; the unique Honors Academy, a three-year program that provides academically high achieving students with opportunities to pursue advanced studies in either engineering, health and science, finance and economics or law; the championship varsity sports teams, among a wide range of extracurricular programs and activities.

Members of Stepinac’s administration and faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Tours of the school's facilities will be led by Stepinac students.

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1 Parsons Street

967-6100, ext. 1901

Principal: Patricia Taylor

Grades: 9-12

Enrollment: 1,016


3 Parsons Street

967-6100, ext. 2901

Principal: Dr. Ann Edwards

Enrollment: 815


312 Midland Avenue

967-6100, ext. 4901

Principal: Jim Boylan

Enrollment: 540


967-6100 Ext. 3901

Principal: Dr. JoAnne Nardone

Enrollment: 398


10 Osborn Road

967-6100, ext. 5901

Principal: Angela Garcia

Enrollment: 580

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<<French American School of New York (FASNY)>>

Founded in 1980, FASNY is a bilingual, international co-ed day school for Nursery School (age 3) through grade 12. The 850 students and impressive staff represent over 50 nationalities; and all teachers are trained to teach both the American and French curriculum. English courses are taught through the inductive reasoning process, while French courses generally follow the deductive method.

FASNY strives to create a cohesive and nurturing school community by combining both French and American school life traditions. Notably, the school is the only one in the New York area to be accredited to offer both the International Baccalaureate and the French Baccalaureate. In addition to a vigorous academic curriculum, the school offers a strong Arts, Music, Athletics, and Community Service program, as well as national and international educational trips. Numerous opportunities are also available through afterschool clubs, including French cooking, Lego robotics, piano, introduction to classical ballet, chess, fencing, musical comedy, finance, and coding.

In 2018, the school will debut an international high school program taught in English. This program will build on the success of FASNY’s International Baccalaureate track, which graduated its first class this spring, as well as complement the school’s bilingual program, open to non-French speakers age 3 through Kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to inquire about the unique advantages of studying in an international environment.



85 Palmer Avenue



Elementary School

111 Larchmont Avenue



Middle and High School

145 New Street



Year Founded: 1980

Head of School: Joel Peinado

Enrollment: 850

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Average Class Size: 15

Tuition: $24,980-$33,710

Open House: November 4

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Hackley School

A member of the Ivy Preparatory School League, Hackley is an independent, co-ed college preparatory day and boarding school for students in grades K-12. The school’s educational program is deeply rooted in its mission statement: “Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship and achievement, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.” The school stresses the importance of learning across cultures and differences of opinion with curiosity and appreciation.

While scholarship and accomplishment are important, character comes first, and this is reinforced by all Hackley programs, including the Lower School Character Education curriculum and the priority placed on mutual respect, collaborative learning, teamwork, humility, and friendship. Through character-driven engagement, students grow as thinkers, problem solvers, and citizens of the world.

Over the last decade, Hackley has opened a new science building, new Lower and Middle School buildings, and has done extensive renovations to the historic Upper School building. Going forward, the school is now set to open the 115,000 square-foot Johnson Center for Health and Wellness, which will support academic and community programs in health, nutrition, fitness and athletics. The new facility on Hackley’s 285-acre campus rivals the fitness and athletics facilities of many small colleges.

Hackley School

293 Benedict Avenue



Year Founded: 1899

Head of School: Michael C. Wirtz

Enrollment: 840 (K-12)

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Average Class Size: 16

Tuition: $37,450-$44,225

Open Houses:

Middle and Upper School: October 28, 7-3

Lower School: November 18, 7-3

Daily tours begin September 12.

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<<Harvey School>>

The Harvey School in Katonah is a co-ed, college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12, with an optional five-day boarding program for grades 9-12. With an average class size of ten students, the school community cultivates the strengths of each student through academic excellence, artistic exploration, athletic achievement, community service, and global understanding.

The student body is diverse and contains a wide range of academic backgrounds and abilities. Now in its fourth year, the International Student Program boasts 20 international students from four countries. In addition, Harvey students can participate in immersive trips abroad (recent trips include Japan and Costa Rica) to enhance their foreign language skills, volunteer experiences, and cultural awareness.

The school offers a variety of classes from basic skill levels to honors and advanced placement classes, so every student is sufficiently challenged and encouraged to reach his or her full potential. Harvey’s Robotics program is nationally recognized, and in September 2014, an entirely new area was created to function as a combined Robotics Lab and Makerspace complete with 3-D printers, computers and iPads, as well as traditional construction tools and electronics. In 2016, the school hosted the VEX Robotics Tournament. In addition to academics, Harvey’s athletic program offers 15 varsity sports and 33 teams, including Boys’ and Girls’ Rugby.

The school also offers an enticing performing arts curriculum to promote self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness. The Middle School program offers Theatre, Music and Studio; the Upper School curriculum includes classes in Music, Theatre, Dance, and Film. Students have the opportunity to study acting, improvisation, playwriting, music theory, music history, instrumental/voice lessons, dance, film criticism, and stagecraft.

Harvey School

260 Jay Street



Year Founded: 1916

Head of School: William J. Knauer

Enrollment: 360

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Percentage of Girls/Boys: 46/54

Average Class Size: 10

Tuition: $36,800-$40,250

Open Houses:

October 14 at 9, November 8 at 9

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<<King School>>

Founded in 1865, King School in Stamford is a highly selective, co-ed, independent day school serving children from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school focuses on a personalized approach to teaching and learning in order to understand each student as an individual and support them as they mature and grow into a lifelong learner. 

The goals of the personalized approach are to: help students develop self awareness and maximize their learning, facilitate ongoing opportunities for all students to improve, accelerate, and succeed in a challenging academic environment, and to identify each student’s unique challenges and adjust teaching styles and techniques in order for them to excel.

All King students are deeply immersed in the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students who are passionate about STEM can elect to graduate with a Certificate of Distinction in STEM. Students learn first-hand the real-world skills used by today’s researchers and innovators, such as literature review, experimentation or project design, modeling, data analysis, and information presentation.

King also offers a competitive athletic program designed to enhance the students’ overall educational experience. Choices include football, ice hockey, soccer, field hockey, basketball, golf, squash, basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, crew, tennis and cross-country.

King School

1450 Newfield Avenue

Year Founded: 1865

Head of School: Tom Main

Enrollment: 680

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 12

Tuition: $26,000-$42,000

Open Houses:

Middle and Upper School: October 15, 1-4

Lower School: November 5, 1-4

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<<Masters School>>

Located on 96 beautiful acres in Dobbs Ferry, the Masters School is an independent day and boarding school for grades 5-12 that empowers independent thinkers through intellectual exploration. Masters follow the renowned Harkness teaching method that encourages students to actively participate, collaborate, and take responsibility for their education.

All students, including day students, benefit from the boarding school experience, which provides the resources, activities, and diversity of a seven-day campus. The school’s ideal location close to New York City provides numerous learning and cultural opportunities. The dedicated faculty is highly accessible, as 60% live on campus.

Masters is well known for its three signature programs: The Ethical Leadership Project, the Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship Program, and the Global Studies Program. The Engineering Program offers a four-year curriculum with eligibility to earn college credits, while the Global Studies Program offers students transformative experiences such as a two weeklong homestay in Lijiang, China or at a progressive boarding school in Tokyo, Japan. Each program provides a unique learning experience that puts forth students who are confident in their own voices and abilities, preparing them for college, career and life.

In addition to a vigorous academic curriculum, Masters offers numerous athletic programs, with 37 teams at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels. The program supports all levels of athletic ability, whether it is a 6th grader trying a sport for the first time, or a nationally ranked squash player helping the team win the Division III National High School Championships.

Masters School

49 Clinton Avenue

Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522


Year Founded: 1877

Head of School: Laura Danforth

Enrollment: 660

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Average Class Size: 14

Tuition: $43,050

Open Houses:

Grades 9-12: October 21 at noon

Grades 5-8: November 4 at noon

RSVP at 479-6420 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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<<Mead School>>

The Mead School, founded in 1969, is an independent, progressive, co-ed day school serving infants, toddlers, pre-K and K-8 students. Mead provides a hands-on approach starting with the youngest learners in the Early Childhood Center, and continues with a robust and challenging curriculum through 8th grade. The Expressive Arts (Art, Music, Physical Development, Movement and Español) play an integral part of the Mead experience.

The school’s student-teacher ratio of 6:1 allows the faculty to facilitate mastery across all academic subjects and encourage a passion for discovery and learning. Mead supports the development of the whole child, recognizing that each child learns and develops differently. The focus is on individualized, experiential learning, and teachers are constantly fine-tuning instruction so that each student is nurtured and challenged academically, socially and emotionally. Mead prides itself on celebrating academic excellence and personal achievement in an atmosphere of respect rather than competition and comparison.

Mead School

1095 Riverbank Road



Year Founded: 1969

Head of School: Stephanie B. Whitney

Enrollment: 125

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 12

Tuition: $17,460-$40,380

Open Houses:

October 19 and November 2 at 10 a.m.

Take-A-Look Thursdays; every Thursday at 10 a.m.

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<<Sacred Heart Greenwich>>

Sacred Heart Greenwich (formerly Convent of the Sacred Heart) is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women from kindergarten through grade 12, with a coed preschool and prekindergarten program.

Steeped in a solid academic tradition, Sacred Heart educates women to have independence of judgment, personal freedom, and strength of character so they can become future leaders with broad intellectual and spiritual horizons.

The school welcomes students of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religious beliefs. True to its international heritage, Sacred Heart provides students with experiences of diversity.

Cultivating prophetic leaders is a priority, and, as a member of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools, the entire school community is dedicated to the following goals: A personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of a community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

From early childhood through twelfth grade, students are expected to achieve their highest level of scholarship, while learning to assume leadership roles as responsible, compassionate and contributing members of society. Sacred Heart also provides many exciting opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Students may enhance their education with study abroad through the international exchange program, service learning, the national Online School for Girls, and participation in national conferences and competitions.

The faculty fosters strong relationships with the students, to give them guidance and instill a vibrant curiosity for learning. As dedicated educators, they are committed to their own ongoing growth as professionals, learning from and supporting one another. When they model this type of leadership, students reap the benefits.

Sacred Heart Greenwich

1177 King Street, Greenwich


Year Founded: 1848

Head of School: Pamela Juan Hayes

Enrollment: 735

Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:8

Average Class Size: 18

Tuition: $36,400 to $41,900

Open Houses:

Upper School (grades 9-12); October 19 at 6 p.m.

All School (grades K-12); November 4 at 9 a.m.

Barat Center for Early Childhood Education; November 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Tour Dates (all grades): October 5, November 2, December 7, January 11 (9 a.m. to noon)

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<<Whitby School>>

As the birthplace of the Montessori method in the United States, Whitby School is an independent, co-ed private day school serving children 18 months of age through 8th grade. Using inquiry-based learning, Whitby goes beyond testing and the classroom setting to inspire students to see beyond themselves and grow to be empathetic leaders who bring out the best in themselves and others.

A pioneer in education, Whitby is the first school in the world to combine the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and Montessori within an early education program. In the Lower School, children learn in multi-age classrooms, allowing the younger students to benefit from the older ones as role models, while also fostering empathy and modeling behavior among the older students. Two fully trained teachers per class with a maximum of 20 students means more support for each student and more collaboration among teachers.

In the Upper School (grades 5-8) students have a rigorous IB curriculum known as the Middle Years Program, which includes all the traditional subjects as well as Spanish, Design, Physical Education, Individuals and Societies, Theatre, Music and Visual Arts.

Whitby School

969 Lake Avenue



Year Founded: 1958

Assistant Head of School: Simone Becker

Enrollment: 412

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Average Class Size: 12

Tuition: $23,750-$39,800

Open House:

November 5 at 1

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Ninety-nine years after opening, Rippowam Cisqua School (RCS) continues to provide a top-notch private school education for boys and girls from Pre-K through Grade 9. True to its philosophy, RCS is “a school of joyous and enlightened learning; a place where children come and not where they are sent.”

The school provides each student with the opportunity to demonstrate they understand the material they are learning and, more importantly, can apply that knowledge in meaningful ways. As secondary schools are evolving to meet the changing demands of colleges and universities, RCS continues the long tradition of graduating students who excel and lead at the next stage of their academic lives.

Over the last six years, RCS’s Master Plan has been the driving force behind the Meyers Fields expansion, the new entrance to the Lower Campus, and the renovated fifth and sixth grade wing. As the school approaches its 100th year, the renovation of the Upper Campus marks the final phase – a comprehensive and exciting project that includes a new Library and Media Center, a new Dining Hall, an Innovation Center, a Courtyard Amphitheater, new art studios, and new science labs.

Rippowam Cisqua

Lower Campus: (Pre-K-Grade 4)

325 West Patent Road

Mount Kisco
Upper Campus: (Grades 5-9)

439 Cantitoe Street


Year founded: 1917

Head of School: Colm MacMahon

Enrollment: 440

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 16

Tuition: $22,800-$39,800

Open Houses:

October 21, Lower Campus 9-11, Upper Campus 1-3

Greenwich Academy

Since 1827, Greenwich Academy (GA) has been a premier, all-girls private school serving students from Pre-K through Grade 12. True to its mission, the school strives to “provide a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within an inclusive, diverse community.”

For the second year in a row, GA will host the Portals Project this fall, which allows students, faculty, staff and guests to connect via video-audio feed, as if they were in the same room with others from across the world, including Iraq, Rwanda, Mexico and Honduras. The project is just one of many initiatives that supports the school’s focus on building character.

Each school offers unique opportunities; chess is introduced in the Lower School, and students going forward have the opportunity to represent GA locally and nationally on the chess team. Middle School offers numerous foreign languages, a current events course, and a visual and performing arts program; Upper School students have the advantage of taking courses at Brunswick School as well as on the GA campus.

In addition to a challenging academic curriculum, the school offers a competitive athletics program with 17 varsity sports – last year the varsity water polo team won their second straight New England Championship.

Greenwich Academy

200 N. Maple Avenue



Year founded: 1827

Head of School: Molly King

Enrollment: 804

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Average Class Size: 15

Tuition: $38,600-$42,950

Open Houses:

October 15 at 1 p.m. (Lower School and Middle School), 2:30 p.m., Diversity at GA, 3:30 p.m. (Upper School)