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


An academic summer program that runs in the mornings from Monday - Friday for the month of July for public school students entering seventh, eighth, or ninth grade

ACTION is an academic enrichment program at Rye Country Day School for highly motivated public school students entering seventh, eighth, or ninth grade. ACTION seeks to expand the academic and intellectual horizons of bright, motivated, and responsible students from local communities that may not have the resources available to provide such summer programs. ACTION offers a diverse range of educational challenges both on and off campus. The program promotes confidence and strength of character while helping students grow academically and develop as leaders.

How to Apply

Academics & Enrichment

The four-week ACTION Program's philosophy emphasizes learning for the sake of learning. All students will take project-based courses in core academic disciplines to help reinforce the work they are doing during the school year. Enrichment courses such as Leadership, Drama, Physical Education, and Computer Science will also be offered on a rotating basis. The program's location on the Rye Country Day School campus also allows ACTION students to access state-of-the-art facilities including computer labs and the Performing Arts Center. A small student to teacher ratio of 12 to 1, allows instructors to give individual attention to each student.

Activities & Events

The ACTION program strives to provide experiential learning opportunities that complement what students learn in the classroom. One day each week is devoted to learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Summer activities always include both a trip to a Broadway play and a second academically enriching trip. In the past, this second trip has included sites such as the Yonkers Science Barge and an outdoor ropes course.


Individual families are responsible for daily transportation to and from Rye Country Day School, located just off I-95 and I-287. The Rye train station, on the Metro North-New Haven line, is two blocks from the school.


ACTION teachers include skilled, experienced, and dedicated professionals from Rye Country Day School. In addition, our student counselors are former ACTION students who remain passionate about the program and its benefits.


ACTION applicants are identified and/or recommended by guidance counselors, teachers, and other administrators within their schools. Students must be entering grades 7, 8, or 9 and attend public school in Westchester, southern Connecticut, or the Bronx. Applicants must qualify for the reduced lunch program at their schools.

Spaces are limited at each grade level, and applying to the program does not guarantee admission. All students must demonstrate scholastic ability and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at their full-time school. To apply, students must submit a completed application, including the application form, the school section filled out by a recommending guidance counselor, a written response to the essay question, and a copy of the student’s most recent transcript/report card.


The only costs of the ACTION Program are a $50 enrollment fee and transportation to and from Rye.


ACTION seeks to maintain a supportive learning environment for all students within a respectful school community. Upon acceptance, parents and students will be provided with details on all policies regarding attendance, dress, and behavior. Committed parental support is critical, and we ask that ACTION take priority over all non-emergencies, including family vacations. Successful completion of ACTION is dependent upon adherence to these policies.

RCDS reserves the right to implement COVID-19 testing at any school program. As the pandemic is ever-evolving, more information regarding safety protocols will be shared by the program directors closer to the start of each program.


Jason Leath
Ethan White
Email: action@ryecountryday.org
Phone: (914) 925-4591
Fax: (914) 921-4201

Important 2024 Dates

Application Forms Due

Notification for Accepted Students

Orientation for Accepted Students



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