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  • Rye High School is an accredited public high school, with approximately 1,020 students and a teaching staff of 79.  Over 95% of our graduates enter universities and colleges.  To meet the needs of all our students, we offer classes at the Honors and Regents levels.  We also offer 21 College Board Advanced Placement courses.  Last year, over fifty percent of our students participated in the AP program and took an average of 2.1 AP courses.  Rye High School has been constantly recognized for its academic strengths by placing in the top 100 high schools in the national rankings conducted by The Washington Post and Newsweek Magazine.  Please visit the Guidance web page for more information on course offerings and detailed information on our academic program.

    The Academy at Rye High School is a school of innovative learning, offering rigorous instruction that is interdisciplinary and founded in real-life applications through a largely project-based learning model.  

    We also offer an extensive extracurricular program which includes the performing and fine arts, instrumental and vocal music, service-oriented clubs, fund-raising clubs, student publications as well as diverse interest clubs which enable each student to select activities suited to his or her talents and interests.  For a list of clubs, please visit the "Families, For Students" web page.

    In addition, the Rye High School Athletic program offers twenty different sports for both men and women.  The Athletic opportunities and schedules are located on the Athletic site under "Departments" found on the District home page.  Thank you for visiting our site.

District News

  • New Contact Tracing Guidance from County DOH: 1/19/22

    Last week, New York State and the Westchester County Department of Health announced they would no longer be conducting contact tracing for COVID-19 positive individuals due to the high positivity rate in the region. This past Friday, the DOH also announced that it would no longer require schools to conduct contact tracing either, with the proviso that they meet certain conditions. 

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  • RCSD Community Update: 1/14/22

    Late in the afternoon this Tuesday, the Westchester County Department of Health announced that it had at long last adopted the CDC’s recommendations to shorten quarantine/isolation for unvaccinated/exposed and COVID-positive students from 10 days to 5 days providing they are symptom-free. We contacted the families of almost 300 students on Wednesday to check on their symptoms and confirm their positive test dates/onset of symptoms in order to clear them for return to school. Approximately 150 students were able to return to school on Thursday. I recognize that for many parents having to wait another day was difficult, but we are required by the Department of Health to individually clear students for return to school.

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  • Student Quarantine/Isolation Reduced to Five Days by DOH: 1/11/22

    We have just received word from the Westchester County Department of Health that they have accepted the CDC’s recommendation to reduce isolation and quarantine for students from 10 to 5 days, given certain conditions are met. They are as follows:

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  • 11th Grade Planning Meetings

    As the calendar has turned to 2022, we feel it is an important time to connect with our Juniors and begin looking toward the future. At this time, we are inviting all 11th graders and parents to schedule their Junior Conferences with their School Counselors to discuss college and postsecondary planning. We will review graduation requirements, standardized testing information, Senior year courses, and plans for after graduation. We will begin by scheduling appointments from Jan. 18th to Feb. 18th.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 1/7/22

    I hope everyone enjoyed the snow day. Unlike Wednesday’s ice storm, Mother Nature really delivered on the good stuff today. Many people know I am a huge fan of the old-fashioned snow day. Everyone deserves a day off to build snow people, hit the hills on a sled, or merely lounge around in PJs eating pancakes and looking at the beautiful scene outside. Our children have had a lot taken away from them these past two years; I hope today brought them some simple joy.

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  • Quarantine Clarification Information: 1/3/22

    We’ve received a number of questions from parents about the rules regarding quarantine, and I hope this message will provide additional clarity. We understand that some local urgent care clinics are telling parents of COVID-positive students that they may return to school after 5 days of quarantine; this is NOT the case. The CDC has said that 5 days is sufficient but this has NOT yet been adopted by New York State or the County Department of Health with regard to students. We must legally continue to abide by a 10-day quarantine for students.

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  • Welcome Back Message from Dr. Byrne: 1/2/22

    Happy New Year! I hope those of you who were celebrating had a good holiday and all had an enjoyable winter break. For many families, COVID once again interrupted plans either due to illness or exposure, the struggle to access tests, or flight cancellations. While 2021 ended with a slew of challenges and a surge in cases, I believe there is cause for optimism as the severity of the Omicron variant seems to be significantly less than previous variants. As a community we must work together to keep everyone safe and continue to provide the best instructional program for our children. We must be calm, patient and work together as we move past these latest challenges.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 12/23/21

    I want to wish you all a very safe, very happy winter recess, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year. Wherever you may go (or stay), I hope you are able to spend time with loved ones, doing what you love, and taking some time to unwind, unpack, and recharge as we bid farewell to 2021. The last few weeks have been challenging with the surge of COVID cases and I am so appreciative to our school nurses and administrators who have been on the front lines, communicating with families, answering lots of questions, and keeping us moving forward. I am also grateful to our faculty and staff for their flexibility and creativity in supporting students be it in person or remotely. It has not been an easy two years for anyone, but I am so grateful to my colleagues for their professionalism and commitment to the children and families of Rye. I am optimistic that we will return to school in 2022 and finally put this pandemic behind us.

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  • RCSD December Superintendent's Bulletin

    Please read the December Superintendent's Bulletin here.

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