A Place of Belonging


We are a voluntary, fee-paying school for girls aged 3 – 18 years, providing education to both boarding and day pupils. The School is set within 16 acres of beautiful grounds in Glenageary, Co. Dublin on a hill overlooking the sea at Dún Laoghaire with inland views of the Wicklow Mountains. We are within easy reach of Dublin city, surrounding counties and Dublin Airport with accreditation from the Boarding School Association.

Our ethos is ‘A Place of Belonging’ and we hope you will gain a sense of what makes Rathdown School unique.  Whether your daughter joins us as a day girl or boarder, she will be joining a family community where she will be well known and cared for as an individual.

Our exemplary pastoral care and nurturing environment encourages every student to achieve her personal best.

Our school campus buzzes with confident, capable young women ready to take their place in the world.

As a combined day and boarding school, we welcome students of all nationalities, helping to promote an awareness of cultural diversity throughout the School.

We are a school with a Protestant background. We welcome students and families of all faiths, and none, and from all traditions and cultures.   We have a diverse and inclusive student body, where all are equally valued and all are equally important.

Students receive an outstanding education and make excellent progress at Rathdown School. Your daughter will be encouraged and expected to achieve her personal best in all she does. We believe that teaching and learning should be both challenging and enjoyable for students of all abilities and we aim for the highest possible standards. Whether she is the most gifted academically, a good all-rounder or needs additional help in some areas, your daughter will receive a stimulating and rewarding educational experience suited to her needs. Girls are taught by professional and dedicated staff within small class sizes across a broad range of subjects with high academic standards. We also offer a range of extra-curricular and sporting activities in the belief that these assist a sound general education and contribute to the whole person. Our academic results are testament to the way the girls are challenged and motivated to give their best in all they do.  Rathdown has a long tradition of academic excellence and for moulding well-rounded, confident students. Our students achieve excellent results in their state examinations and secure places in third level education across Ireland, the UK and beyond.

Our doors are always open to welcome Irish and international students who come here to achieve their very best academically, socially and personally, have fun, make friends, and develop a global perspective. If you are looking for an outstanding school for girls, please come and visit us - we promise you a warm welcome.

Girls leave Rathdown School as confident and responsible young adults.  Virtual Tours are available on our website.

Scholarships, Bursaries and SEC grants are available for those who qualify.

With increased popularity towards private education we have experienced an escalation in our intake numbers and would therefore encourage those looking towards 2022 to contact our Registrar on registrar@rathdownschool.ie



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