Mission Statement

Rumsey Hall School is committed to a whole-child approach to education and believes that teaching academics and teaching an attitude of mind are of equal importance. The School emphasizes effort as a criterion for success and is dedicated to helping each child develop toward his or her maximum stature as an educated person, a successful member of a family and a contributing member of a community.

Message from the Headmaster

Matt_amy_Finn.jpg At the start of each day, our students and faculty join together in The Sanford House Study Hall for Morning Meeting when our School community connects and sets the tone for the day ahead. This daily ritual preserves the deep sense of camaraderie and School spirit that our founder, Lillias Rumsey Sanford, first envisioned over 100 years ago.


At Rumsey you will find a School balanced by its longstanding traditions and innovation. The spirit of the School is rooted in its family atmosphere, a nurturing home away from home. Rumsey’s unique culture is anchored by the important life values of Honesty , Kindness and Respect .

We strive to provide the necessary structure, support and guidance to our students, while challenging and preparing them for secondary school by embracing a whole child approach toward education. Our dedicated faculty has also made Rumsey their home. They have a passion for working with children, encouraging students to take risks, discover new talents and become contributing members of our community. By fostering confidence and self-esteem in each child, students learn to become self-advocates and independent thinkers. Students understand that their individual effort, more than their achievement, is the key to success. Doing one’s best is more than an objective at Rumsey—it becomes a habit for life.

As a Rumsey Alumnus, it is my privilege to lead the School that I have held close to my heart since I was a student. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus, introducing you to our teachers and staff and sharing the vibrant energy on campus known as Blue Dog Spirit .

Enter as visitors, leave as family.

 Matthew S. Hoeniger ’81