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Mission/Curriculum

Mission

Longwood Central School District provides a strong basic academic program for all students. The goal of the staff, administration and board of education is to provide every student with mastery of basic reading, writing and computational skills that are the foundation of all other learning. Curriculum revision and improvement are ongoing as the district continues to meet or exceed State Education Department mandates

Elementary Curriculum

The district offers a well-balanced and comprehensive curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade four. Instructional programs are designed to encourage individual students to advance at their own pace as skills are mastered. Excellent art, music, technology, library and physical education programs, as well as after-school programs, afford children the opportunity to explore and develop their talents. In addition, district staff periodically offers workshops for parents in an effort to provide parents with techniques and strategies that will extend learning beyond the school day into the home.

Middle School Curriculum

The Longwood Middle School, educating students in grades five and six, is a National School of Excellence.The grade configuration at the middle school levels helps children progress from the protective self-contained environment on the elementary level, to an interdisciplinary team program in the sixth grade, and a departmentalized program in seventh grade. In addition to the school's outstanding staff, the school is recognized for its innovative programs. The staff developed an Academic Interdisciplinary Period (AIP) that eliminates the necessity for many of the pullout programs and provides a period for students to concentrate on their special interests or needs.

Secondary Curriculum

In grades seven through 12, the district continues to prepare students to graduate with the skills and tools necessary to be successful in life. The secondary educational program furthers students' basic skills while developing their higher level thinking skills.

Longwood Junior High School, grades seven and eight, is a New York State School of Excellence. A departmentalized educational program bridges the gap from the middle school to the more sophisticated and less protective environment at the high school. Electives are offered at both grade levels. Special programs at the junior high include Peer Mediation that helps students resolve conflicts without violence, and the HIV/AIDS Peer Educators Program, which trains students to teach their peers responsible behaviors.

Students in the eighth grade are involved in a creative teaming program that fosters cooperation and flexibility for learning. In the ninth grade, students may select a course to begin their three-year sequence required for graduation.

Students at the secondary level must meet all state and district requirements for graduation. These requirements provide a sound educational background with the opportunity for post-secondary education or training. Many Longwood students receive advanced placement standing from examination results. Students can gain valuable educational experiences through the school's partnerships with Brookhaven National Laboratory and with the Long Island Veterans' Home.

Longwood Junior High School and Longwood Senior High School are Renaissance Schools, recognizing, rewarding and promoting academic excellence.

The Late Afternoon Program (LAP) is a unique educational opportunity for those who need an alternative setting to achieve a New York State High School Diploma. Students take four core courses: social studies, English, mathematics and science, and physical education and health. The staff structures the educational environment and gives goal-directed opportunities that are monitored and supervised to ensure student success. Parental involvement includes daily contact, if needed.

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