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