Students collaborate with faculty to design clubs based on their passions and interests, thereby developing their leadership and organizational skills. Clubs vary, but perennial favorites are the French Club, Yearbook, Robotics, Math Team, and the Health and Wellness Club. Students are invited to start their own clubs at Rocky Hill Country Day.
Offering over 90 off-campus learning experiences delivering a fun, real-world learning model for our students, Rocky Hill Country Day designs curriculum to integrate the outside world, acknowledging that learning happens in all moments and in any place or space. Each year, our students and teachers select trips that are driven by student interest and are identified as places that elevate the learning experience. Field trips range from coastal habitats, to engineering labs, to national conferences and art galleries; even Legoland.
LOWER & MIDDLE SCHOOL
Our community service programs are integral parts of our students’ experiences. With dedicated community service coordinators, all students in Nursery-12 participate in service initiatives which offer meaningful real-world connections and problem-solving opportunities. Our students have impacted our community organizations such as:
- Welcome House in Wakefield
- Communities for People
- American Heart Association
Rhode Island Food Bank and local pantries
- Nursing homes
- Animal shelters
Students in the Upper School are required to complete 40 hours of documented community service over the course of four years, prior to graduation. The Community Service Coordinator helps freshmen identify an area of interest and connects them with an organization where they can perform service.
Leadership at Rocky Hill Country Day is developed through a variety of experiences, both peer-elected and self-initiated at all grade levels. Students have many opportunities to lead in small groups, with our ‘buddies’ model both at lunchtime and to develop a love of reading and literacy, leading morning meetings, and as school or class ambassadors. From the athletic fields. courts, and classrooms, our students are developing capacities to lead in a variety of settings.
SELECTED | ELECTED
Consisting of two chambers, Student Life and Policy, the Student Council works to promote school spirit and proposes initiatives for the good of the community.
Prefects are members of the rising senior class who are elected by the student body in grades 8-12 to lead the Student Council and serve on the Disciplinary Committee.
Middle and Upper School students gain valuable leadership skills as members of the Nathan Hale Society, working directly with the Admission Office to promote the School.
PEER SELECTED | SELF INITIATED
Students collaborate with peers, develop club goals, and organize meeting times, activities, and share their interests and passions with the Rocky Hill Country Day community.
PEER MENTORS/BUDDY PROGRAMS
From our youngest to our oldest students, Rocky Hill Country Day provides opportunities to mentor one another based on developmental age and stage, as well as mastery of specific subject matter or extracurricular skill sets.
Students gather regularly in a variety of settings, offering students opportunities to facilitate meetings. Beginning at a young age, students practice communication and public speaking skills.
EQUITY & BELONGING
Rocky Hill Country Day believes that the educational outcomes of its students are directly dependent upon the active recognition, support, and fostering of the student body’s diverse backgrounds.
The School recognizes the broad spectrum of what makes people different, and through its discussion- and project-based curricular pedagogy, the School encourages its teachers to create an environment that is safe for, and receptive to, the sharing of ideas, experiences, and dialogue that will broaden the perspectives of different constituencies.
To achieve this, the School continues to make an active, educated, and collective commitment to work against forces of discrimination. As diversity enriches the quality of school life, it is the expectation that all members of the Rocky Hill Country Day community will favorably impact their extended communities and bring new meaning to the School’s motto, Know Thyself.