Welcome to RHCD’s Online Campus
We never thought we’d be having to think outside the classroom quite so far this spring, yet here we are! Rocky Hill Country Day School is now operating our Distance Learning experience for Nursery – Grade 12 students. Whether we are on campus or distance learning, our small class size makes us uniquely poised to provide a personalized learning experience that remains dynamic and student-centered.
Our approach to Distance Learning is an extension of our approach to on campus learning, emphasizing our established social emotional & wellness programs with our carefully designed students’ daily schedule. Art, music, language, and physical education remain fully embedded into our students’ days.
Head of School
While the COVID-19 pandemic presents us all with many challenges, RHCD’s nimbleness, central to our culture, has enabled us to uncover and develop new educational experiences for the future. Like our students, whom we ask to become resilient, self-aware navigators of a changing world, we are pivoting as circumstances change.
To learn more about RHCD’s online campus and our approach to distance learning, we invite you to schedule a virtual gathering with our Admissions Department.
What is Distance Learning?
Distance Learning occurs when the student and instructor are not in the same place or space. Interaction between learner and instructor can often be done using an online meeting platform or through learning activities which require a digital platform
At RHCD, we employ a multifaceted approach to distance learning so that our students have opportunities to connect with faculty, collaborate with peers, and explore independently.
Our Approach to Distance Learning
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Staying true to our mission during distance learning, RHCD leverages the strengths of our faculty and various online platforms, while always keeping student wellbeing at the center. Students receive highly personalized learning, with time to connect for discussions and peer-to-peer project work, and assessment methods focused on providing detailed narrative feedback.
Our Approach In Action
EVERYDAY HEROES – Second grade students have been interviewing members of society who go above and beyond. Part of the “Everyday Heroes PBL,” the project helps students appreciate the work of neighbors, family, and friends.
Second grade students have been interviewing members of society who go above and beyond. Part of the “Everyday Heroes PBL,” the project helps students appreciate the work of neighbors, family, and friends.
COLORWHEEL CHALLENGE – Art Teacher leads Lower, Middle, and Upper School students to design color wheels out of items they find around their house.
Art Teacher leads Lower, Middle, and Upper School students to design color wheels out of items they find around their house.
STORYTIME – Students and families alike gather each evening for ‘story time’ and a mindful moment guided by our school’s Librarian. It is a special time characterized by support, love, and connection for all participants.
Students and families alike gather each evening for ‘story time’ and a mindful moment guided by our school’s Librarian. It is a special time characterized by support, love, and connection for all participants.
Listen to What Our Community is Saying
I feel proud to be a part of RHCD’s community, and commend everyone (students, faculty, families) for meeting this challenge head on and inspiring me! Prior to COVID-19, our photography class used Google Drive as the central location where all our assignments lived. Now, with distance learning, we continue using our Drive while adding Google Meets. This consistency in how we access our assignments, and stay connected has provided a smooth and successful learning experience for both of us!”
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On the surface, distance learning seemed awful, scary, and hard. The hardest thing for me has been distractions. I also feel it has been difficult to hold discussions online, it is easier to talk when there is body language and verbal cues. Despite all this, distance learning really hasn’t been all that bad. I love the control I have over my schedule. I am able to eat breakfast, sleep in, workout, and move my work to whatever time of day I feel most motivated. I’ve really enjoyed the initiatives by the school to keep students motivated. I’ve loved doing the Mariner workouts on top of my own. I’ve also really enjoyed all the senior love we’ve been getting this month. Most of all I’ve appreciated the work my teachers have done to make class work online. Even though class feels different, everyone has worked hard to find a new normal.”
On March 30, 2020 we welcomed the faculty/staff and students of RHCD into our living room to begin an adventure! Since the very first day, I‘ve seen Mariner qualities shine in my children (5th and 8th graders). I’ve watched as they navigate the carefully crafted schedules of their amazing teachers and division heads. I see them partnering with classmates to complete assignments outside the “live” sessions. I hear them encouraging peers, and peers lending their expertise to them. I am thankful for our RHCD community.”
Parent to Chase (5th) and Cole (8th)