Pre-K through fifth grades provide a thorough foundation in the skills associated with the Next Generation Learning Standards. Students are instructed in reading/writing (language arts), mathematics, social studies, and science. Students also receive physical education, art and music instruction. Pre-kindergarten is offered to provide four-year-old children with the opportunity to access high-quality instruction, which is designed to foster strong foundational skills in early literacy, mathematics and social skill development. Pre-kindergarten classes are offered at several sites, including Northwood Elementary, Allendale Elementary, Edukids (Kelly Drive and Seneca Street sites), Page 1, Just Kids, Great Expectations, and St. John’s Lutheran Church.
In addition to the core areas, classes are provided in art, vocal and instrumental music, physical education, and library. Starting in fourth grade, students may choose to study string or band instruments. All music ensembles take part in winter and spring concerts featuring both choral and instrumental music. Computer education begins at the elementary level where it is integrated into the curriculum. Internet safety classes are also taught by the librarians.
Special education classes and resource programs are offered to those children who need extra support in addition to regular classroom instruction. Opportunities for students to extend their learning and their strengths are provided to all students in a variety of formats.
Promotion from one grade level to the next is based on a thorough analysis of each child’s progress. Decisions are based on the needs of the student as determined by teachers and parents working together with the building principal. Students are graded in trimesters and report cards are issued at the end of each trimester.
Middle School Program
The middle school program grades six through eighth serve as a transition from elementary school to high school. Students in middle school belong to interdisciplinary teams sharing common instructors as well as common expectations and curriculum. The middle school curriculum focuses on the Next Generation Learning Standards, in an effort to prepare students for college and career readiness. Middle school students receive a full year of instruction in English language arts, social studies, mathematics, science and a world language (grades seven and eight). Students looking to challenge themselves academically may also qualify for accelerated courses in the areas of math, English language arts and science. Students may meet the criteria to take Regents level courses with the possibility of earning high school credits. Students in eighth grade are also able to take honors courses in English Language Arts and Social Studies and may also elect to sign-up for a Capstone Experience Project course.
Students are required to explore other courses such as: technology, health, family and consumer sciences, art, music, and physical education. In addition, students may elect to participate in chorus, band or orchestra. Each Middle school produces a winter and spring instrumental and choral concert.
The district also boasts an award-winning marching band, which features students from both middle schools. There are many extracurricular activities available for the middle school student such as interscholastic and intramural sports in addition to student government and many other participation opportunities. There are many clubs and activities available for the students to choose from such as: the school newspaper, the yearbook, book clubs, community service activities and the National Junior Honor Society.
Senior High School Program
The senior high school program (grades 9 through 12) is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education, immediate employment, or careers in the military.
A rigorous core curriculum leads students towards a variety of diploma types as a result of multiple pathways. In addition to the core areas courses, many electives are offered to add depth and scope to our students’ high school education. Electives include courses in art, music, computers, technology and business. In addition, students may attend the BOCES Occupational Center, which offers training for specific occupations.
Highly motivated students are offered advanced placement courses to enrich and accelerate their learning. Nationally recognized Academy Programs also highlight the offerings available to students. These “Schools-Within-A-School” programs afford students an opportunity to explore a career field and develop transferable academic and workplace skills, while earning both high school and college credit. Academy students will also participate in industry specific internships and have opportunities for scholarships through their academy program. Currently, the Academies include – The Academy of Finance, The Academy of Information Technology, The Academy of Visual Arts, Engineering and Academy of Life Sciences.
High School instrumental students may participate in concert band, marching band, and jazz ensemble. There are also multiple opportunities for students to participate in the choral music program. Musical productions, winter and spring instrumental and choral concerts are presented by both high schools. A full complement of junior varsity and varsity sports are also available to students.
Mental health education is an important component of the curriculum we teach. This curriculum is weaved into the academic experience across grade levels and through a variety of ways. This curriculum is taught in order to ensure students develop adequate assets and skills in regards to appropriate self-management, relationships and resource management, all essential to positive mental health and well-being.