Summer 2023 Camp and Activities Guide for Scarsdale Kids
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Check out your options:
Beth El Day Camp (pictured above) in New Rochelle is the place to be for children ages 2-8! Our dynamic program is widely recognized as the best-in-class day camp in Westchester. Beth El continues to be the most fun, most trusted choice for young campers and their parents, year after year. The magic happens from Monday, June 26 - Friday, August 18, 2023. We offer before and after camp care 7am-7pm. Campers love our innovative and age-appropriate activities: the sports, especially tennis, swimming twice a day in the pool, towel service, music, art, nature, STEM, yoga, karate, our delicious lunches, and much more! We are also known for our nurturing environment and commitment to safety. We have the best-trained professional staff and a very favorable child to staff ratio. Whether this is your child's first camp experience or not, at Beth El everything begins with love and ends in fun.We still haven’t had a snow day, but while we wait for winter, summer is quickly approaching. Now’s the time to think about what your children want to do this summer – and where they want to do it. We reached out to local programs for kids of all ages and are proud to showcase many wonderful camps within driving distance of Scarsdale. See below for summer camps for preschoolers, elementary age kids, tweens and teens where they can run, swim, play, dance, play music and explore the arts and sciences. There’s something to make every child a happy camper this summer.
Beth El Day Camp, 1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804, (914) 235-2700 ext. 256, JRockowitz@bethelnr.org
JCC Mid-Westchester offers children ages two and older enriching and enjoyable summer camp programs: Summer Days at the J and Summer Gymnastics at the J. Experienced counselors and caring staff engage campers with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities that spark curiosity and joy.
Contact Brian Symons at email@example.com. Learn more and register at jccmw.org/camps/
Oasis in Dobbs Ferry is a premier Westchester day camp located on the beautiful Mercy College campus overlooking the Hudson in Dobbs Ferry. Children, ages 3 to 16, are invited to take part in activities centered around sports, the arts, nature, daily instructional and recreational swimming in our own pool, and most importantly, social emotional growth. Offering a variety of camp experiences, Oasis in Dobbs Ferry has something for everyone! The traditional summer camp program includes children grades K-6, Teen Travel & Jr. Teen Travel programs, as well as an ESIC (Early Start Imagination Camp) for the newest campers, ages 3-5. Oasis in Dobbs Ferry is a place to experience amazing summers & make lifelong friends!
Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Camps at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale is celebrating its 50th year and is the proud recipient of the first ever Westchester Country Inspector Choice Award! Squire Advantage Primary (grades K-3) and Advantage Choice (grades 4-9) is created for campers who wish to custom design their own schedule by choosing activities like swimming, sports, fine arts, science, cooking, archery and more. There are more than 50 different activities to choose from! Squire Camps programs run from June 26th until August 11th, 2023. Courses are taught by certified schoolteachers, and hot lunch and Early Drop off is included. Extended day and transportation available.
Matt Davanzo, Director, Squire Camps, Maria Regina High School, Hartsdale, NY, (914) 328-3798
Camp Ramaquois is not like every other camp. Our day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 15 in Pomona, NY (only 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and 15 minutes from the Mario Cuomo Bridge) provides a truly authentic camp experience. Our magnificent 44 acres, 5-acre lake, 9 heated swimming pools, and exceptional facilities and programs allow us to provide children with a dynamic and memorable summer filled with love, warmth, and being part of a special community. Our campers are encouraged to take healthy risks, learn new skills, develop relationships with their peers and counselors, develop independence and assume responsibility.
Camp Ramaquois, 30 Mountain Road. Pomona, NY 10970, 845-354-1600
BBYO offers exhilarating summer programs for Jewish teens in grades 8–12. We host trips to Israel, Europe, and the Americas, and have members-only experiences for those interested in camp activities. Don’t let your teen miss out on the chance to join their friends on an unforgettable experience in some of our newest destinations like Hawaii, Greece, Ecuador, and the United Arab Emirates. Check out the Summer 2023 vibes at bbyo.org/scarsdalesummer.
BBYO is a proud RootOne Trip Provider; $3,000 vouchers are available for trips to Israel. We also offer the New York Teen Initiative scholarship to families that live in Westchester County (last year’s average award was $1,400). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Beth El Arts & Theater Program is a place where individualized attention is offered and talent shines for campers ages 8-12. We offer a unique Arts & Theater program with options for 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks. We welcome budding young artists, blossoming actors, acrobats, center stage performers, and everyone in between to paint, dance, craft jewelry, sing, act, improvise, and more. Artist Educators introduce campers to a variety of new experiences, valuing ensemble, and teamwork. Our program allows campers to participate in fine and performing arts with local artist educators, serve as ambassadors at the New Rochelle Farmers Market, experience culinary arts with guest chefs, and take exciting trips including a Broadway show! We also offer daily free swim, towel service, and delicious lunches.
Beth El Arts & Theater Camp, 1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804, (914) 235-2700 ext. 256, JRockowitz@bethelnr.org
Hoff-Barthelson Music School is the ideal setting for a stimulating, challenging, and fun-filled summer of creative exploration. Our Summer Arts Program offers rich, individually tailored experiences in music, movement, visual art, and drama. Participants benefit from expert instruction; a nurturing environment; learning and practicing with peers; exploring new instruments, styles, and art forms; growing in their understanding of the language of music (music theory); honing performance skills; and forming lasting friendships.
New for 2023: Two Customizable 3-Week Sessions!
SESSION 1: June 26–July 14
SESSION 2: July 17–August 4
Morning, Afternoon and Full Day Options
Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up Available
The Summer Arts Program is geared to students entering 1st-9th grade. Selected late afternoon offerings are available in the 1st Session for students entering 10th-12th grades. Class and ensemble content varies from Session 1 to Session 2 providing students who attend both sessions with unique and complementary learning experiences.
Classes, workshops, and performance opportunities include: Group Instruction in strings, winds, brass, guitar, piano, and percussion; Chorus; Drama; Music and Movement; Visual Arts; Orchestra; Jazz Band; Wind Ensemble; Music Technology; Piano as a Second Instrument; World Drumming; Chimes; Simple Symphony; Composers Corner; Introduction to Chamber Music; Music History Through the Ages; Reading, Writing, Listening: Building Music Literacy; Chamber Music; Crossroads Ensemble; Sing! Vocal Ensemble; and a Performance Forum. Our exceptional faculty—made up of top performers and music educators—provide personalized attention to each student.
Space is limited; enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Early-bird registration discounts available through March 31. Partial need-based financial aid available. Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale NY 10583, 914-723-1169. email@example.com Learn more and register here.
Steffi Nossen School of Dance: Tiniest dancers to experienced college dancers can participate in a variety of dance experiences. From Story Book Dance to a two-week Companies in Residence Intensive for experienced college and high school dancers, all can enjoy the performing arts in a safe, nurturing and artistically challenging environment. The Summer begins with three Weekly Story Book Camps: a morning of movement, music, and art for preschoolers based on a new story each week (June 26-June 30, August 7 – 11, and August 14 – 18). On June 26 – 29 our second Adult Adaptive Musical Theater workshop will take place. Dance Camp July 10 –14 and July 17-21 (grades 1-5) and Dance Intensive (grade 6 and up) explore Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, dance history, and choreography. Musical Theater Camp (Grades 2-4) and Musical Theater Intensive (Grades 5 and up) July 24 – 28 and July 31 - August 5 – 12 train with some of the best professional teachers in the field with daily acting, voice, and dance classes to enhance vocal and acting skills while honing dance technique. Beginner – advanced performers learn music and choreography from a different Broadway musical to perform at week’s end.
Steffi Nossen School of Dance, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606, www.steffinossen.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 914-328-1900
Summer Stars at Scarsdale Synagogue is the perfect summer experience for young children. This warm and nurturing seven-week summer program is for children 18 months to 5 years old. The children are engaged in activities such as sports, music, art, story time, daily water play and much, much more. There are special theme days each week such as Circus Day, Hawaiian Day or Carnival Day. At Summer Stars, friendships are formed and children grow socially, emotionally and intellectually as they engage in fun, stimulating summer activities. There is a three-day option for toddlers ages 18 to 30 months. Two year-olds may choose a three-day option or attend five mornings a week. Three to 5 year-olds may choose a half-day, 9am -12 noon option or a full day option from 9am - 2pm. Your child will sparkle and shine at Summer Stars! Contact Jody Glassman, Early Childhood Director at email@example.com or call 914-723-3001. Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El is a reform Jewish congregation located at 2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale. Summer Stars at Scarsdale Synagogue, 2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale, NY, www.sstte.org
Westchester Reform Temple's Summer Play Place Camp offers young children (starting at 15 months through 3 years) a unique 7-week summer experience. Our professional, certified staff of teachers provide arts and crafts, water-play, stories, games, sports, lots of outdoor activities, theme days and snack within a nurturing and loving environment. Our three-year-old campers stay for lunch. Join us at the Summer Play Place Camp. Your children will learn, laugh and flourish. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Play Place Camp, 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, 914-723-5493, Email: email@example.com
McGinn Examines Why Busyness Does Not Lead to Happiness
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Is your child stressed out, cranky, or full of anxiety? According to Dr. Lata K. McGinn, these may be signs that your child is overscheduled. As parents we want the very best for our children and try to give them every opportunity for a successful, fulfilling life. In a presentation sponsored by the Scarsdale Parent Teacher Council and CHILD, Dr. McGinn explored the negative impact scheduling too many structured activities, lessons, sports, tutors, etc. can have on our children and their mental health.
In the first part of her presentation Dr. McGinn, a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC), acknowledged that the overscheduled child is not entirely the fault of well-meaning parents and explored some of the ways in which our modern U.S. society contributes to the pressure to perpetually achieve. She began by dubbing “America the Beautiful” as “America the Busy” and highlighted that although Americans work longer than most other advanced economies, America is not the most productive. Instead, Norway is the most productive economy per hour, where work is capped at 37.5 hours per week. McGinn illustrated this difference to point out that working longer hours doesn’t equal more productivity…just as piling on more activities to growing children doesn’t make them more competitive.
So why do Americans, whom many are reportedly “too busy to sleep or date,” keep working as much as they do? According to McGinn it is partially due to our financial achievement-oriented society where we are caught in a “work and spend '' spin cycle. She also pointed out that not only are costs ballooning but there is greater pressure to put your life on social media and to keep up with what we might see on Instagram. Additionally, in the U.S, being busy makes people in our culture feel important, people share their busyness as a status symbol, and feel guilty about having leisure time…all of which upholds the sense of importance we have created in our society to keep our schedules filled to the brim. As McGinn shared in one of her slides, studies show Americans feel like they are working harder than ever, have less time, and live more frenetic lives where even leisure time is splintered to attend to multiple tasks at once.
In contrast, places like Denmark are not only more productive, but also place great value on Hygge which the Oxford Dictionary defines as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).” The Hygge culture includes an emphasis on time spent with family, friends, and time alone in addition to value given to leisure time, fun, and simplicity. As a result, the United Nations ranks Denmark as #1 in their World Happiness Report while the U.S. sits at #11. Of course Denmark is far from perfect and there are many other factors that contribute to their sense of well-being…McGinn highlighted their Hygge culture in hopes that we can learn from them and improve our own cultural ideologies.
Dr. McGinn went on to discuss how cultural pressure in the U.S. is affecting our society. She pointed out that according to the World Health Organization, “Americans live in the richest country but are the most anxious.” Also, according to Child Development, “the average high school student experiences the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950’s.” These statistics date back to before the Covid Pandemic and since then, McGinn warns that our children have experienced a mental health tsunami. Of course a busier, overscheduled life isn’t solely responsible for the mental health crisis children are experiencing, McGinn includes these other factors as well:
-Actual persistent threat and disruptions in addition to perceived dangers. McGinn discussed how there is so much going on in the world and we all have such quick easy access to the news. We read about something terrible happening halfway across the world and it makes us feel anxious. She also explained that our brains aren’t equipped to deal with the persistent tension we feel from the threat of things like school shootings.
-Living with less social support than previous generations.
-Intense rising pressures.
-Digital Age/Social Media. McGinn suggests watching the video “Like” which explores the impact of social media on our lives.
-Increased scaffolding which McGinn described as parents doing too much for their children because their children are so busy with their structured schedules. Children today aren’t doing chores or running errands like they did before and are thus missing out on learning important life skills.
Moving on, McGinn outlined the impact of over-enrichment. She first recognized that enrichment and the enriching activities we sign our kids up for like ballet, soccer, chess, music lessons, debate, acting, and so much more are healthy and important when it helps an individual to thrive. The impact of over enrichment however, is burnout and burnout is the opposite of thriving. Furthermore, as McGinn explained, burnout leads to a lack of motivation and poor performance. Other detrimental effects of over-enrichment include:
-The creation of unrelenting standards where people are expected to be on a journey for some sort of mastery.
-An inability to tolerate boredom. Because they have no time to be bored, children today don’t know how to deal with boredom and quickly turn to their devices for comfort. They don’t give themselves any time to daydream, think, or reflect and this all impacts their sense of curiosity and creativity.
-Negative impacts on autonomy, self-direction, and sense of self. When parents schedule activities for their children or force children to stick with something they don’t want to, it doesn’t allow space for a child to explore their own interests and hobbies.
-Can increase mental health issues such as anxiety which is a gateway disorder.
While these detrimental effects of overscheduling can be worrisome, McGinn reminds us that parents, schools, colleges, and employers are in this together and can all be a part of the solution. She encouraged her audience to make little changes to their own children’s lives and that collectively we can create an ocean of change.
McGinn proposed to start by increasing awareness of the busyness we create in our own lives and what we model for our children. She also spoke of the “Selfie Syndrome” and how management of technology is one of the most important changes we can make as parents. She described The Selfie Syndrome as a condition that is all about self-promotion, personal, branding, and self-interest at the exclusion of others feelings, needs, and concerns. She went on to describe four reasons that we should be concerned:
-We see a measurable dip in empathy among today’s youth and a significant increase in narcissism
-We observe a clear increase in peer cruelty
-We observe more cheating and weaker moral reasoning in young people
-Our plugged-in. high-pressure culture is leading to a mental health epidemic among young people
In other slides, McGinn illustrated how since the invention of the smartphone there has been a marked decline in how much time children spend hanging out with their friends, a huge jump in feelings of loneliness, a sharp increase in teens not getting enough sleep, and a decrease in the percentage of teenagers who go out on dates.
To help combat the overuse of smartphones, McGinn suggests:
-Be balanced and open-minded in your family discussions on this topic.
-No screens at the table during meal times.
-Model appropriate digital etiquette to your kids.
-Keep all screens out of the bedroom at night to reduce temptation.
-Turn off notifications so you can check when YOU are ready and have time.
-Convert iPhone colors to black and white…less color is less enticing.
In the quest to reduce the number of activities in our children’s schedules, Dr. McGinn suggests we make “Approach Decisions” vs, “Fear Based Decisions” about their after-school activities. Some questions you might ask are:
-Will they enjoy it?
-Will they gain mastery?
-Are they getting enough time to play/take a break?
Dr. McGinn also encouraged us all to “work smarter, not more” and to move away from busyness and towards serenity as a value. She further encouraged her audience to be in the present moment and to identify sources of burnout, to cultivate breaks/leisure/hobbies for pleasure, and to simplify our lives. To conclude, McGinn stressed that it is all about balance and that our plates should be full of equal parts activities for pleasure and activities for mastery, structure and no structure, enrichment and relaxation.
At the conclusion of her presentation, Dr. McGinn answered questions from the audience. One mother spoke about how it would be easier to choose less for our children if it were driven from “upstream.” She then asked if Dr. McGinn felt like colleges and universities are discussing the impact of overscheduling and if she felt they are open to making changes. Dr. McGinn answered that colleges and universities are being overwhelmed by the amount of students who are dealing with mental health issues including anxiety and depression and are thus, forced to take the issue very seriously. She believes that most are already taking actions to make much needed changes.
A recording of this PTC/CHILD program will soon be available on the District’s website.
Lata K. McGinn, PhD is a clinical psychologist and is a tenured Professor of Psychology and Director of the CBT training program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She is co-founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC), an evidence-based treatment and training center in New York. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, depression and related disorders. Aside from having multiple published articles, books and extensive presentations she has been highlighted by various media outlets including NBC, Huffington Post, USA Today, Elite Daily, Parents, Shape, Bustle and others. See her full bio here.
A Call to Men: Changing Norms for Changing Times
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When we tell a crying little boy to “act like a man,” or say to another little boy, “you throw like a girl,” what messages are we sending to them about social norms and gender roles? By teaching boys to be dominant, aggressive and tough are we creating the next generation of bullies and sexual offenders?
That was the subject of a revelatory talk by Ted Bunch from “A Call to Men” at Scarsdale High School on December 7. The event was sponsored by Scarsdale Family Counseling Service and the Scarsdale Safe Coalition and underwritten by a grant secured through the office of Assemblymember Amy Paulin.
Bunch and Tony Porter founded “A Call to Men” twenty years ago to promote healthy manhood and an equitable and inclusive culture. Bunch is a frequent guest on television and radio and even served as a consultant for the television series, “Law & Order, Special Victims Unit.” The group works with many of national athletic organizations such as the NBA and NFL and college coaches to bring their message of “healthy manhood” to players in an effort to teach them to value and respect women, girls, LGBQ and trans people and to value themselves. They also counsel companies and organizations to fight discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
The foundation of Bunch’s message was found in “The Man Box,” which illustrates the expectations that men are “expected to be strong, successful, powerful, dominating, fearless, in control and emotionless.” Bunch “unpacked” these ideas and showed how they ultimately lead to the mistreatment of women and create mental illness in men. With limited emotional language skills and an inability to ask for help, many men face mental health challenges. In fact, men are 3.5 times more likely to die from suicide than women. Bunch says we need to give men permission to express fear and sadness and to show them how to ask for help when they need it. He said, “We need to rethink how men are taught to act and behave.”
By educating men, society can decrease violence against women. Bunch said, “The more we increase healthy manhood the more we decrease domestic violence, gun violence, assault, bullying.”
Tony Porter of A Call to Men offers a powerful TED talk on the subject, viewed 3.4 million times here. Watch it to redefine some of your most basic assumptions.
Letter: A Parent’s Perspective: It Takes a Community to Block Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate
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This letter was submitted by Amanda Levin Pymm (she/her) and Michael Pymm (he/him)
We’re one of many typical families in Scarsdale who moved here because we wanted to raise our children in this wonderful community. What makes us not so typical is that we have a child (they/them) who identifies as LGBTQ+ and is moving along the gender spectrum. As they were assigned male at birth, the assumption is that they are a boy, but they are not.
However, they are frequently misgendered. There are some transgender people who are perceived as cisgender instead of the sex they were assigned at birth. A trans person who is perceived as cisgender may face less prejudice, harassment, and risk of violence. We are fortunate and grateful to be part of a community that is supportive of our child, but we do not live in a bubble because our child looks different.
Most parents, including us, raise their children with the expectations and restrictions of the gender binary – the classification of gender into two distinct, opposite forms of masculine and feminine, based on a dated social system and cultural beliefs. Thus, when we see people who are breaking free from the gender binary, it’s instinctual to look and glare. Some take it a step further and follow us around and snicker. As such, our child and family struggle every single day because we stand out wherever we go, and we always have our guard up. Are we safe? Are we ok? Are there police officers around who can help, if necessary? Should we just leave? Our world has become smaller and smaller.
The world remains a difficult place for the LGBTQ+ community. Nationwide, more than two dozen anti-LGBTQ+ bills were enacted this year out of more than 250 introduced and there were a reported 32 violent deaths of LGBTQ+ people in 2022, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Trevor Project estimates that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ+ youth seriously consider suicide each year in the U.S. — and at least one attempts suicide every 45 seconds.
We watch and worry a lot, hearing so many voices raised against them. So, when we heard that one of those voices (Kirk Cameron, an anti-LGBTQ+ actor-writer) was coming to Scarsdale, to one of our community spaces, our initial reaction was to organize a peaceful gathering. For a while it felt good, as it was a way to take action against those fears about the wider world.
However, a voice only has the power that we give it by listening. So, after the reaction passed and we spoke to community members, we now believe the right response to this event is— nothing. We can show this voice that he means nothing to us by simply not listening to him. We don’t want to support this voice’s attempt to generate controversy, divide people, push an agenda, raise his profile, and make money off it.
Instead, it has been a good reminder that we have our own job to do. The community we have here doesn’t happen by accident, and to keep hate out we must keep working on tolerance, education, and acceptance.
We would like to channel the energy and support we have seen over the last few days to support our wonderful Scarsdale Public Library and partner with them to organize and promote programming that affirms and supports the LGBTQ+ community. From the very beginning, the library has shown us nothing but love and support and we are forever grateful.
We also want to thank our Scarsdale neighbors. Please know that we have received your kind messages and we are still working to respond to all of them. We thank you for sending us so much love.
To our fellow mommy and daddy bears in Scarsdale who have LGBTQ+ children and family—some of you we knew and some we did not—working with you and connecting over the past few days has meant the world to us. Knowing that we are not alone makes us feel better.
We also want to thank Sheryl Spivack Braun, who has guided and supported us, and many other parents of LGBTQ+ youth, through some very challenging times. You are a true community leader.
As we look ahead, we urge everyone to please continue to unite at this time and do our best to keep hate out of our community.
Hate has no home in Scarsdale. Only love.
Going Private: A Wide Array of Educational Opportunities in Our Area
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When you ask most newcomers why they put down their roots in Scarsdale, you’re likely to hear that the terrific public schools the top reason for the move. Along with the short commute to the city and the beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods, our top-rated schools are a huge draw for young families.
Still, even with our great schools, there are some Scarsdale residents who choose to send their children out of the district for their education. Parents might choose a private school that can better accommodate their child with special learning needs, others may turn to a private school that will support their children’s religious education, or foster their child’s athletic endeavors, or perhaps they simply want a school for their child that has a philosophy that better suits their family’s goals and values.
Whatever their reasons, parents in Scarsdale have no shortage of quality private schools to choose from. Any sort of education that one could imagine, from a progressive curriculum to a more traditional approach, from secular to clerical, a focus on special needs to a focus on different languages/culture, can be found just a stone’s throw away. Here is a list of local private schools that some Scarsdale parents have chosen for their children.
Hackley School is an independent, college-preparatory, nonsectarian, day and boarding school for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Mission: "Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world."
This mission challenges us to leave ourselves open to new possibilities--intellectual and interpersonal--with the option to change our minds. Learning from the perspective of others requires a community effort, the type born of the journey framed by our mottos.
Location: Tarrytown, NY
Number of Students: 840 Day and Boarding
Application deadline: November 28, 2022
“We chose Hackley because of its emphasis on character education, racial and socioeconomic diversity as well as the school’s commitment to academic excellence. The school makes an effort to really know every child well, and it is a strong, welcoming, and tight knit community.” -Scarsdale Parent
Rye Country Day School: https://www.ryecountryday.org/
Mission: Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates individuals to achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We are actively committed to diversity. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world. “Not for Self, but for Service.” -RCDS motto since 1869
Location: Rye, NY
Number of Students: 951
Application Deadline: December 15 and some grades on a rolling basis.
The Leffell School: https://www.leffellschool.org/
Mission: The Leffell School, a Kindergarten through 12th grade independent Jewish day school, is set by our comprehensive, intellectually rigorous dual curriculum that empowers and cultivates each student in mind, body, and soul. Through the teaching of Jewish values, critical thinking, and openness to new ideas, we inspire our students to achieve academic and personal excellence, preparing them for college and the ever- changing world beyond.
We are a kehilah, a caring community that fosters the joyous practice of Jewish life. We instill in our graduates the confidence to navigate life's journey with a strong moral compass and apply their passions, knowledge, and skills to the betterment of the Jewish people, the United States, Israel, and the world.
Location: Hartsdale, NY
Number of Students: 824
Application Deadline: December 1, 2022
French American School: https://www.fasny.org/#
Mission: FASNY nurtures creative, open-minded, critical thinkers to become lifelong learners motivated to lead, contribute and thrive in an ever-changing world. We focus on the learning and well-being of our students in an academically rigorous, multicultural, bilingual setting that brings together the best of American, French and International education.
We value an inclusive community where everyone is seen, heard and feels respected.
Location: Mamaroneck, NY
Number of students: 707
Application Deadline: First form due December 16, 2022
School of the Holy Child: www.holychildrye.org/
Mission: The mission of School of the Holy Child is to develop “women of conscience and action.” An all-girls, Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for grades 5-12, the School is guided by the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly, the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and her dedication to “joy in teaching and joy in learning.” Accomplished and dedicated faculty members foster the spiritual development, individual talents and interests of each student. This is realized through rigorous and comprehensive academic, arts, athletics, service and global programs. Holy Child graduates are prepared for the innovative and critical thought necessary in a diverse, interconnected society.
Location: Rye, NY
Number of Students: 380 All Girls
Application Deadline: For grades 9-12 December 9, 2022. For grades 5-8 January 25, 2023
“In addition to the small class sizes and it being an all girls school, we chose Holy Child for our daughter because of the school’s reputation for delivering a nurturing school experience while still achieving great academic success.” - Scarsdale Parent
Iona Prep: https://www.ionaprep.org/
Mission: Iona Preparatory School is a Catholic community inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice as expressed in the Essential Elements of a Christian Brothers Education. We develop young men into moral and ethical leaders who are dedicated to Christian service and who strive for spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence.
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Number of students: 901 All Boys
Application Deadline: Upper School: December 15, 2022
The Harvey School: https://www.harveyschool.org/
Mission: The Harvey School provides a college-preparatory program that fosters lifelong learning and inspires students to develop the confidence and leadership qualities necessary to succeed in a diverse, competitive, and changing world. With our commitment to small class size, our community cultivates the strengths of each student through academic excellence, artistic exploration, athletic achievement, community service, and global understanding.
Location: Katonah, NY
Number of Students: 355 Day and Boarding Students
Application deadline: Priority Applications: February 1, 2023 * Applications submitted after February 1 will be considered on a rolling basis and space availability
Rippowam Cisqua School: https://www.rcsny.org/
Mission: Rippowam Cisqua School creates independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders who respect and contribute meaningfully to a diverse and increasingly complex global society.
Location: Bedford, NY
Number of Students: 443
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round for JPK, PK, and SPK. The priority deadline for Kindergarten through Grade 9 is January 15, 2023. After the priority deadline has passed, we accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year as space allows.
The Windward School: https://www.thewindwardschool.org/
Mission: Windward is a coeducational, independent day school dedicated to providing a proven instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities. The multisensory curriculum is designed for students of average to superior intelligence who can benefit from the unique educational experience provided. Through direct instruction in small class settings, a trained staff assists students to improve their language skills. Academic success, combined with opportunities for social and emotional growth within an intentionally diverse and inclusive setting, enables students to understand their learning differences, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to a mainstream educational environment. To meet these goals, the School provides ongoing training to its faculty based on the most current research and shares its expertise with the parent body, other educators, and the broader community.
Location: White Plains, NY
Number of Students: 525
Application Deadline: Rolling
“Once my child was diagnosed with dyslexia we quickly learned we needed a school that specialized in working with kids with dyslexia and taught reading in a way that our child would best understand it. The small class sizes and the extensive teacher training each teacher undergoes make Windward an obvious choice for those who need this type of program.” -Scarsdale parent
The German School: https://www.gisny.org/
Mission: German International School New York is a Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory institution which confers both the German Abitur and the New York State High School Diploma on its graduates. We challenge our students to take advantage of the rigorous academic instruction with its emphasis on critical thinking, as well as the multi-lingual, cross-cultural setting, to grow into socially and environmentally aware global citizens.
Location: New White Plains, NY
Number of students: 409
Application Deadline: Rolling
Thornton Donovan School: https://www.td.edu/
Mission: Thornton-Donovan (T-D) School was founded on the principle that a school must meet the changing needs of its students, its community, and its society. Its philosophy and curriculum directly contribute to the development of students who can use their individual talents to meet the challenges of life. Although we are independent and non- denominational, there is a spiritual element paying homage to all beliefs, which permeates the campus and all of our activities. Our atmosphere is intimate, calm and natural. You'll notice straight away how different we feel compared with other schools.
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Number of Students: 153
Application Deadline: Rolling
Fordham Prep: https://www.fordhamprep.org/
Mission: Opening in 1841 as St. John’s College, Fordham Prep was one of the very first Jesuit schools founded in the United States. Today, we are part of a network of 62 Jesuit high schools across the country. Our mission is to form young men of faith, scholarship and service.
Like all our fellow Jesuit high schools, Fordham Prep is guided by the characteristics we would like each graduate to acquire during his high school years. We strive to graduate young men who are religious, loving, open to growth, committed to doing justice and academically accomplished. Outlined in the document The Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation, more commonly known as the Grad at Grad, these characteristics will not only serve the graduate well in college, but are essential for a man of faith in today’s world.
Location: Bronx, NY
Number of students: 956 All Boys
Application Deadline: December 2, 2022
Mission: The Masters School celebrates active participation, deep understanding, and meaningful connection. A community of diverse individuals, we gather to learn, to strive, to dare, to do — to be a power for good in the world.
Location: Dobbs Ferry, NY
Number of Students: 695 Day and Boarding Students
Application Deadline: For those applying to the middle or upper school day program, applications are due by December 15, 2022. Supporting materials (teacher and administrator recommendations, a graded writing sample, transcripts) are due by January 15, 2023.
For those applying to the five- or seven-day boarding program, the application deadline is January 15, 2023. Supporting materials (teacher and administrator recommendations, a graded writing sample, transcripts, and English proficiency testing, if applicable) are due by February 1, 2023.
“We noticed that private schools were able to adjust faster to the changes the pandemic forced schools to make in order to continue teaching effectively. Masters made adjustments throughout the pandemic to keep kids healthy and learning. In addition to the benefits of smaller class sizes and a Harkness-based approach, all students can participate in sports without the fear of getting cut. And if you ask the kids, the daily hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets are the best.
Once the worst of the pandemic was over, our child was thriving at Masters and did not want to go back to Scarsdale.” Scarsdale Parent
Mission: Guided by our Catholic faith and the spirit of St. Angela Merici, The Ursuline School educates, inspires and empowers young women to become wise, active, globally-minded leaders by cultivating lifelong learning, spiritual growth, integrity, respect for all and dedication to Serviam – “I will serve.”
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Number of Students: 770 All Girls
Application deadline: High school December 16, 2022 / Middle School Entrance Test is scheduled for Saturday, December 3
Greenwich Academy: https://www.greenwichacademy.org/
Mission: Greenwich Academy is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls and young women that seeks to foster excellence. Its mission is to provide a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within an inclusive, diverse community. The school’s objective is to develop girls and young women of exceptional character and achievement who demonstrate independence, resilience, courage, integrity, and compassion. We strive, above all, to honor our school motto, Ad Ingenium Faciendum: Toward the Building of Character.
Location: Greenwich, CT
Number of students: 784 All Girls
Application Deadline: Part I: December 15, 2022 / Part II and supplementary materials: January 15, 2023
Greenwich Country Day: https://www.gcds.net/
Mission: The mission of Greenwich Country Day School is to enable all children in our care to discover and to develop what is finest in themselves—to achieve the highest standards in their studies, in their play, and in their character.
We are committed to the ideal of a coeducational family school. We recognize that every child is an individual who possesses unique talents and abilities. We promote consideration of others, value diversity, and teach respect for all people and our world.
Greenwich Country Day School maintains high academic standards, a broad and balanced curriculum, and time-honored traditions. We encourage children to take intellectual risks. The school prepares students to be ethical, confident learners and leaders with a strong sense of purpose—ready to embrace opportunities and challenges in a world of rapid change.
Location: Greenwich, CT
Number of students: 1,252
Application Deadline: December 15, 2022
Mission: The school’s purpose is to educate the “whole boy” by helping boys and young men – without regard to culture, ethnicity, or religion – acquire the personal, intellectual, and physical training to best enable them to grow into responsible adults.
Brunswick’s academic programs seek to challenge each boy to fulfill his unique potential and to develop the creative and independent qualities of mind necessary for intellectual maturity and self-confidence.
We also believe a complete education must include lessons that take place outside the classroom. Through athletics, arts, and service to the community, every student is encouraged to develop his talents to the fullest and to understand his obligation to share them generously.
As its young men grow in an atmosphere of trust, care, and mutual respect, Brunswick accepts that its overriding objective is to foster development of strong character. Honesty, integrity, compassion, and tolerance are promoted, and each student is expected to develop a sense of responsibility to himself, to those around him, and to the school community as a whole.
Above all else, Brunswick believes that the strength of a young man’s character and the depth of his spirit define all genuine and lasting success.
Location: Greenwich, CT
Number of students: 984 All Boys
Application Deadline: December 15, 2022
“We chose Brunswick for our son not only for the excellent academic and extracurricular activities, but also because of the school's dedication to building young men of character. They truly believe in their motto of “courage, honor, truth” and that is their guiding principle everyday.” -Scarsdale Parent
Sacred Heart: https://www.shgreenwich.org/
Mission: The Goals & Criteria guide the mission and purpose of Sacred Heart Greenwich and all of the United States and Canadian Province of the Sacred Heart schools. Every fifteen years, the Provincial team leads a revision process in recognition of the fact that the mission is never fully complete and that each generation lives out the mission in different ways. The five timeless Goals remain unchanged, and the changes made to the criteria reflect the vision and hope for Sacred Heart schools for the next fifteen years.
Location: Greenwich, CT
Number of students: 729 All Girls
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023
Hudson Country Montessori: https://www.hudsoncountry.org/
Mission: Hudson Country Montessori School’s mission is to create a learning environment that promotes students’ innate curiosity and love of learning by integrating their evolving interests and abilities with highly individualized learning paths. This student-centered process is intrinsically motivating and helps our students achieve their highest potential in each area of the curriculum. The outcome of our progressive Montessori pedagogy is students who are creative thinkers, as well as independent, confident and motivated achievers. Each HCMS student knows that, “With hard work and perseverance, I can do anything!”
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Number of students: 192
Application Deadline: Rolling
Mission: Felix Adler’s educational vision is as important today as it was when the Ethical Culture Fieldston School was founded in 1878. To continue to realize that vision, we embrace the following ideals:
The exploration of what it means to be an ethical and responsible member of society forms the core of our curriculum and our school community. We value inclusion as well as economic and racial diversity. We honor all of our students for their unique contributions, cultural backgrounds, and beliefs. As we consider service to be critical to the development of character, we incorporate community service into our students’ school experiences from the earliest grades.
Our School achieves academic excellence by challenging students to reach their highest potential in body, mind, and spirit through the humanities, the sciences, the arts, and physical education. Students become active learners and engage in vital discourse in an atmosphere of intellectual discipline and creativity fostered by a community of dedicated teachers.
Through a curriculum rooted in our tenets of progressive education, students become independent thinkers as they learn that asking their own questions and seeking their own answers are key to the deepest kind of understanding. Cooperative, student-centered, discussion-based learning and the freedom to make mistakes are part of our students’ everyday lives.
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Location: Bronx, NY
Horace Mann: https://www.horacemann.org/
Mission: Horace Mann School prepares a diverse community of students to lead great and giving lives. We strive to maintain a safe, secure, and caring environment in which mutual respect, mature behavior, and the life of the mind can thrive. We recognize and celebrate individual achievement and contributions to the common good.
Location: Bronx, NY
Number of students: 1,551
Application Deadline: November 15, 2022
Eagle Hill: https://www.eaglehillschool.org/
Mission: Eagle Hill School, a life-changing experience, offers children who learn differently the opportunity to grow into capable, resilient students with the self-confidence and character necessary to meet the challenges they will face beyond Eagle Hill.
Eagle Hill offers a language-based, remedial program committed to educating children with learning disabilities. The curriculum is individualized, interdisciplinary, and transitional in nature. A secure, structured, nurturing environment supports and stimulates the development of the whole child. As a result, children learn to view themselves as competent individuals with a strong sense of self.
Location: Greenwich, CT
Number of Students: 265
Application Deadline: Rolling
King School: https://www.kingschoolct.org/
Mission: We provide an excellent, progressive education, grounded in the traditional disciplines of the arts and sciences, committed to the nurturing of individual potential, and designed to promote critical thinking and reasoned reflection. Using rich and innovative methods, our teachers facilitate each student’s fullest academic and personal achievement. We champion the development of character, self-confidence, and talent through challenging intellectual, creative, athletic, leadership, and service opportunities.
King believes that individual accomplishment must go hand in hand with respect for others. Our culture of respect fosters collaboration as well as independence. We embrace human and cultural diversity. We value responsible citizenship.
Location: Stamford, CT
Number of students: 725
Application Deadline: December 12, 2022
“We love that King really seems to develop the ‘whole’ child. There is a strong emphasis on building character and curious, thoughtful citizens. We also appreciate their progressive approach to teaching and learning.” - Scarsdale Parent
Wendy MacMillan is a former teacher and now a proud mom of two, school aged children. With a background in psychology, education, and mindfulness, Wendy has long been passionate about wellness and helping others.