In 1986, Rye Country Day launched ACTION, an academic enrichment program that provides exciting opportunities for highly-motivated students from local middle schools entering grades 7, 8, or 9. Funded by the RCDS community, the four-week summer program has grown to include up to 75 students, expanding their academic and intellectual horizons by introducing interesting courses, new material, and engaging challenges. ACTION serves students from local communities whose families may not have the resources to participate in such summer programs, and it offers a diverse range of educational experiences both on and off campus. The program promotes confidence and strength of character while helping students grow academically and develop as leaders.
ACTION emphasizes learning for the sake of learning, and all participants take project-based courses in science, math, history, English, leadership, video, and physical education. With a 10 to 1 student/teacher ratio, the program guarantees each student individual attention from experienced and dedicated RCDS faculty. Student counselors, who are mostly former ACTION students, are an additional valuable resource as they bring knowledge about the program and its benefits. In addition to utilizing Rye Country Day's state-of-the-art facilities, including the computer and photography labs, the makerspace, athletic facilities, the Dunn Performing Arts Center, and the Cohen Center for the Creative Arts, ACTION students enjoy weekly experiential learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom, such as outdoor activities, theater productions, and educational excursions.
Now in its 33rd year, the ACTION program is stronger than ever, and we are grateful to the RCDS community whose generosity ensures the continued growth of this meaningful initiative. This year's cohort of participants enjoyed a variety of topics in the classroom as well as a Broadway musical and a thrilling high ropes adventure program.