What is the Portrait of a Graduate?

Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, the entire Rye Country Day School community collaborated in developing a compiled set of learning outcomes that tie together the School's mission statement, core values, strategic initiatives, and curricular and co-curricular goals. These outcomes are grouped into four domains, character, knowledge, skills, and citizenship, each of which is then expanded into a list of attributes and habits 体育投注开户 students practice. The learning outcomes listed in this portrait are both ambitious and realistic, and they extend across all departments and throughout the 体育投注开户 program, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

The purpose of this document is rooted in a basic concept: agreement on what we want our students to be able to do is necessary if we are to deliver these expected outcomes to the best of our ability. This Portrait of a Graduate provides a cohesive statement of who we are and what we believe, bringing together our existing values and initiatives as both stemming from and contributing to a central vision. This is, notably, a living document. We will amend it as the needs of students evolve, and we will put it to use regularly in the years to come in our teaching, in our strategic initiatives, and in our professional development.

Portrait of a Rye Country Day School Graduate




Social and Emotional 意识


  • Possess self awareness and confidence.
  • Know and express themselves authentically.
  • Understand their impact on others.
  • Empathize with compassion and acceptance.
  • Manage relationships effectively and intentionally.
  • Act with kindness.

Values and Ethics


  • Demonstrate and commit to living with:
    • 廉正
    • 尊重
    • 忍耐
    • 勇气
    • 谦逊
    • 乐观
    • 感谢
  • 导航复杂的道德困境,开发和实践模型以进行有效的决策。

Flexible and Reflective Approach to Work and the World


  • Act conscientiously.
  • Practice accountability and trustworthiness.
  • React and adapt with resilience to challenge and change.
  • Approach ideas and others with an open mind.
  • Work hard and persist.


  • 订婚了。
  • 很好奇。
  • Are motivated.
  • Love learning.



Acquire 知识


  • 根据学科原则和关系在概念框架中学习信息。
  • Understand accepted theories and facts.
  • Examine big themes and questions.

Learn How to Learn


  • Monitor, direct, and assess their own learning.
  • Develop positive and productive beliefs about themselves as learners.
  • Identify and create value in the activity of learning.
  • Approach learning with courage and with tolerance of mistakes.
  • Build a passion for understanding and truth.

Transfer 知识


  • 使用先验知识合成新信息,以绘制连接,形成新想法并调整理解。
  • 满足并享受需要将知识应用于新任务和现实情况的挑战。



Communicate Effectively


  • 在写作,演讲,呈现和创作中清晰而有力地表达完善的思想。
  • Listen, read, and watch to gain understanding and perspective.
  • Navigate difficult conversations and manage conflict.
  • Understand non-verbal communication.
  • Communicate in more than one language and across difference.

Ways of Thinking


  • Think critically.
  • Think creatively.
  • Think empathetically.
  • Think analytically.
  • Take time to reflect.
  • Ask questions and seek to understand.
  • Think ‘outside of the box’ to solve complex problems.

Growth Mindset & Effective Effort


  • Approach learning and personal development with a growth mindset.
  • Apply effective and persistent effort.
  • Adapt to challenges and feedback.
  • Build resilience.



  • 参与积极的过程,做出选择,导致身心健康。
  • 制定实践正念,管理压力和控制冲动的策略。
  • Find beauty and joy in the world.



  • Team with others to tackle complex problems.
  • 与具有不同技能,背景和观点的其他人一起练习和重视。
  • Develop leadership strategies and styles that influence and serve others.

Initiative and Follow Through


  • Take action and initiative.
  • Seek information.
  • Solve complex problems.
  • Leverage technology effectively.
  • Develop a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Learn independently.
  • Prioritize effectively.





  • Practice empathy and perspective taking.
  • Examine local and global issues.
  • Show openness and flexibility towards differences in opinion.
  • Recognize stereotype and bias.
  • Understand communication in intercultural contexts.
  • Embrace diversity, understanding its importance.
  • 认识到在互联的,通常是数字化的世界中生活,学习和工作的权利,责任和机会。



  • Are upstanders, not bystanders.
  • Are changemakers.
  • Engage in open, appropriate, and effective interactions across differences.
  • Seek solutions and take bold action to address societal needs and issues.



  • Identify what drives them and design their lives and actions accordingly.
  • Aspire to make a meaningful and positive difference in the world.
  • Are committed to justice and social and environmental responsibility.
  • 通过他们做出的选择和他们采取的行动,展示“不为自己,为服务”的黑麦国家日座右铭。