A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

Student Support

At Rye Country Day, supporting students along their multifaceted journey from dependent to independent learners is a team effort.


Throughout their journey, students may need varying kinds of support in order to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Every student has a support team that works together to regularly monitor progress and offer specialized support when needed.

Our Student Support Services team is comprised of specialists attuned to the developmental needs of students. Offering layers of academic, social, and emotional support, the support team helps students work independently, collaboratively, and confidently.


Learning Specialists

At every grade level, faculty are sensitive to the variety of learning styles and the potential for learning differences that may require support beyond the classroom. To determine the need for additional support, the principal, assistant principal, grade-level dean, advisor, counselor, learning specialist, alongside the child's parents/guardians, collaborate to identify specific skills and strategies that will help the child meet learning standards and expectations.

The goal of learning support services is to quickly help a student with relatively minor learning issues to master the skills needed to function independently. Students with more involved difficulties may be referred for an outside evaluation and/or more intensive remediation.
 

Non-academic Support

Counseling for non-academic issues is also available in the three divisions of the School. A part-time psychologist and two social workers provide counseling support to students and families. A consulting psychiatrist is also available.

The School’s counseling staff consults with administrators, faculty, students, and parents about developmental, behavioral, and emotional issues that affect the progress of the students and the well being of the community.

Counselors :

  • Provide individual short-term counseling
  • Provide referrals to professional resources outside of school
  • Collaborate with and support teachers and advisors
  • Support families in crisis
  • Plan student/parent programming related to the appropriate developmental stage of the student

Support Networks

Students are supported both emotionally and academically by:

Faculty
Homeroom Teachers
Principal/Assistant Principal
Advisors
Learning Specialists
Grade-level Deans
Health Educators
Counselors
Full-time College Counselors

Student Support Services Team

Jaclyn Butera

Dean of Student Life / Counselor, Upper School; Upper School Advisor Program Coordinator

Carrie Donahue

Counselor, Middle School

Leif Halverson

Learning Specialist, Upper School

Libby Jelliffe

Learning Specialist, Middle School

Eileen Juico

Learning Specialist, Upper School

Alexandra Kerker

Learning Specialist, Lower School

Tamara McKenna

Language Arts Teacher; Learning Specialist, Middle School

Debra Pager

Director of Student Support Services; Psychologist, Lower School

Barbara Prempeh

Consulting Counselor

Andrea Rackow

Math Specialist, Lower School

Jamie Radwan

Learning Specialist, Lower School

Timothy Silverman

Spanish Teacher, Middle School; Counselor, Upper School; Peer Leadership Director

Priya Singhvi

Director of Health & Wellness