FOR GRADES 5–12 AND POSTGRADUATES
Designed for USTA/ITF players in grades 5–12 and postgraduates, RSTA is the first in the New York City area to have a full academic program with a complete physical and mental conditioning program. In addition, unlike other tennis academies, RSTA is a small, intimate program that allows student-athletes to develop lasting relationships with coaches while receiving personalized instruction. Students who attend the Academy experience high-performance tennis training while studying alongside their peers in a stimulating college preparatory learning community following a regular academic year.
Located on the Upper School campus of Ross School, the Academy is part of this accredited day and boarding school. Ross School enjoys an ideal setting on the East End of Long Island, a place where magnificent beaches and breathtaking natural beauty are the norm. We are just 100 miles from New York City, home of the US Open, and three major international airports. Boarders from the New York City area can easily commute home on weekends by train or bus. We also enjoy being in one of the most competitive tennis regions in the country with frequent weekend tournaments held nearby.
WHY RSTA'S INTEGRATED TRAINING + ACADEMIC PROGRAM?
- Fully accredited, on-site high school
- Intimate group setting for personalized tennis training
- Delicious, healthy meals made from regional, organic, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients
- Beautiful family-style boarding houses
- College placement program with a focus on obtaining a university scholarship
- Close proximity to New York City, the cultural capital of the United States and home to the US Open
- Close proximity to three major international airports, which makes for easy home and tournament travel
INTEGRATED TRAINING + ACADEMIC PROGRAM
- 10-month tennis training with optional academic program for USTA/ITF players in grades 5–12 and postgraduates
- 10-month tennis training only for ATP and WTA players
- Fifteen hours of individual and/or group tennis training per week
- Four hours of tennis conditioning with a trainer per week
- Nutritious, organic meals daily at the highly acclaimed Ross Café (weekdays only for non-boarders)
- Personalized video analysis and player review
- Individual and group mental conditioning and tournament prep discussions
- Individualized competition calendar
- Traveling tournament coaching (travel expenses not included)
- Monthly email/phone evaluation and discussion with parents about player development and goals
- Full college placement prep program with academic advising
- Additional private lessons, private ACT/SAT/TOEFL test prep tutoring, and nutritional counseling available for additional cost
- Optional summer program
This sport-specific training program is designed with the whole student-athlete in mind. Students receive mental and physical conditioning, learn self-discipline and how to prepare for competition, and gain time management skills as their academic and tournament schedules demand. They learn sportsmanship and develop healthy habits in the area of personal well-being. Our international coaches actively recruit top-ranked players from the United States and around the world.
RSTA coaches are experienced, professional players representing several countries, including Brazil, Belarus, and Germany. Founding Director Vinicius Carmo finished among the top five in Brazil’s 1996 Junior National Ranking and attended the University of Tennessee on a full tennis scholarship. He directed prestigious tennis programs in the Hamptons before coming to Ross, where he continues to develop exciting events, tournaments, and competitive training techniques for players of all ages. His NCAA experience and connection to college coaches have helped several graduates obtain full university scholarships.
INNOVATION THROUGH INTEGRATION
Students participate in an accredited academic program and can choose between working toward a high school diploma or simply improving English fluency through ESOL classes. Students enroll in five core curriculum classes—Cultural History, English, Math, Science and World Language. Classes are carefully designed to be engaging and relevant. A broad range of materials, activities, approaches and interconnected learning opportunities encourages each student to discover and develop his or her own strengths. International students who are working toward a diploma may study English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in lieu of a World language.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Students learning the English language are placed in beginner, intermediate or advanced courses according to their ability. Academic course selections are based on English proficiency and whether the student is seeking a diploma or a certificate of attendance.
COMPETE FOR TOP COLLEGES AND CAREERS
A full program including college counseling and standardized test preparation is built into the day for students beginning in their junior year. The program includes a coach’s recommendation letter, NCAA eligibility certification process, SAT and ACT prep, college-specific tennis recruitment video with coaches commentary, and advisement with a focus on attaining maximum academic and athletic scholarships.
Ross School graduates have received millions of dollars in merit aid and have been accepted to some of the most respected colleges and universities, both in the US and abroad. Through the high quality tennis training and academic experiences provided by RSTA, our students are optimally positioned to compete for scholarships to the colleges of their choice.
LIVING AT ROSS
Boarding students live in family-style housing with faculty house parents. The boarding houses are designed to make students feel at home, with spacious bedrooms, private bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and study rooms. Ross faculty house parents reside in the boarding houses to create a safe, welcoming living environment. Everyone eats at the beautiful Ross Café. Meals are nutritious and flavorful, and prepared using fresh, organic ingredients. On weekends, students who do not have scheduled tournaments are invited to join in the multitude of activities offered, including excursions to regional and local areas. Sporting events, museums, galleries, theaters, shopping, bowling, movies, karaoke, sailing, surfing, and biking are just some of the many weekend activities offered.
What are the boarding houses like?
Students live in intimate boarding houses with house parents. Each house has a common room that students can gather in to relax and watch television or movies. There are also quiet areas dedicated to studying.
What are the rooms like?
Students living in boarding houses have one or more roommates and share a bathroom and community living spaces. Students living with host families generally have private bedrooms. All accommodations include Internet access, closet, and study area.
Where might fellow students come from?
The Ross student body is an economically, racially and religiously diverse community from various towns on the East End of Long Island, with an expanding body of national and international students. The current student body represents Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, China, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.
What percentage of the students are boarders?
Ross School hosts approximately 250 boarders (67% of students in grades 7–12) from 26 different countries, including the United States.
How is the food?
Excellent! Boarding students eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Ross School Café. Professional chefs prepare meals using regional, organic, seasonal and sustainable foods. There are always vegetarian options available.
WORLD-CLASS CAMPUS FACILITIES
The state-of-the-art Ross Tennis Center boasts 6 impeccably maintained Har-tru courts enclosed within a customized bubble from fall through spring to allow for year round play. The courts are directly adjacent to the beautiful Upper School Fieldhouse where players can take advantage of exceptional amenities, including well-appointed locker rooms, a cafe, two satellite-fed flat screen televisions, WiFi, and a lounge/rec room featuring 2 ping-pong tables, board games, study areas and a large screen entertainment system. Students in the Academy also enjoy the rest of Ross School’s stunning 100-acre campus and facilities, including the acclaimed Ross Cafe, which serves healthy meals freshly made from regional, organic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
Ross School enjoys an ideal setting, nestled in the woods on the East End of Long Island, a place where magnificent beaches and breathtaking natural beauty abound. Sited on the East Hampton campus of the School, Innovation Lab @Ross is part of an accredited day and boarding school program. Students from the New York City area can easily commute home on weekends by train or bus, and students have access to three major international airports.