The Chappaqua Central School District is a nationally renowned suburban school system characterized by highly motivated students, a well-educated and talented staff, and an actively involved parent community. We have a strong, interdisciplinary academic program and remain committed to providing an excellent education for all students in Chappaqua. The Chappaqua Central School District provides an education for the future. Our students communicate, collaborate and create in supportive, rigorous learning environments. They become confident critical thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators. We are transforming education as we know it by creating active learning environments where students are working cooperatively toward a common goal, exchanging ideas, and relying on one another to create a product or arrive at a solution that is greater than the contribution of any individual. Our students perform well on the Regents exams, SATs and other measures of academic achievement, and our schools consistently rank among the top schools in the county, state and the nation.
As educators, we continually ask, “What kinds of citizens do we want our students to be while in school and when they graduate from high school?” Of course we want them to have acquired a deep understanding of many subjects. Our vision also is to graduate students who are thoughtful, creative, curious, participate in meaning-making inquiry, are proactive, use their imaginations, are inventive, can formulate hypotheses, can communicate their ideas and thinking and interact well with others, and are personally reflective. These are the students who will be ready for college and the work world.
While we embrace our long history of offering a rigorous curriculum for core subjects as well as a wide range of elective courses that challenge and empower students, we also know that extra-curricular activities and athletics play a key role. They provide students with so many positive experiences that help them become well-rounded individuals. Whether it’s pursuing their passions, discovering hidden talents, meeting people they might otherwise not encounter, or stepping outside of their comfort zones as they pursue something new and completely different, our students receive a complete and comprehensive K-12 educational experience. For more information, please visit ccsd.ws or call 914-238-7200.
Lyn McKay, PhD
Superintendent of Chappaqua Schools
The Chappaqua Central School District
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Close to 4,000 students attend three elementary schools (K-4), two middle schools (5-8), and one high school (9-12). To see if an address falls within the boundaries of the Chappaqua Central School District, or to determine for which elementary or middle school an address is zoned, please contact the District Registrar at (914) 238-7200 x1007.
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The Chappaqua Board of Education is composed of five members elected by the community. They establish the policies and practices that ensure a high quality education for every student. The Board also is responsible for the proper governance and effective fiscal management of all aspects of the District’s operations, schools and facilities. To reach the board, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School
650 King St. • 238-7204 • dg.ccsd.ws
Roaring Brook Elementary School
530 Quaker Rd. • 238-7205• rb.ccsd.ws
Westorchard Elementary School
25 Granite Rd. • 238-7206 • wo.ccsd.ws
The District’s three elementary schools serve approximately 1,360 students in grades K through 4. Each school fosters a love of learning in a nurturing environment that promotes mutual respect and encourages social responsibility. The emphasis is on higher-level thinking skills with the development of essential skills to provide a strong foundation for students to become life-long learners. The schools are organized in heterogeneous classes with comprehensive support services and technology integrated into the curriculum. The instrumental music program (lessons and group instruction) begins in fourth grade, with students selecting from a variety of string, woodwind, and brass instruments to play as they embark on their exploration of band or orchestra participation.
Elementary teachers nourish students’ emotional lives and guide their social development, instilling in them an appreciation of self-worth, of individual difference, and of global interdependence. They help them learn how to manage freedom and to act ethically so that each may become a responsible, contributing member of a global society, and are supported in their work by a variety of special area teachers as well as teaching specialists. While responsible for covering the District’s challenging curriculum, teachers are encouraged to use their individual talents and interests for the benefit of their students.
The end result is a caring and nurturing child-focused environment with student projects and artwork covering just about every inch of the hallways.
Seven Bridges Middle School
222 Seven Bridges Rd. • 238-7203 • sb.ccsd.ws
Robert E. Bell Middle School
50 Senter St. • 238-7202 • bs.ccsd.ws
Chappaqua’s two middle schools serve approximately 1,270 students in grades 5 through 8. Each school recognizes that young adolescents have unique developmental needs on cognitive, social, emotional and physical levels. The middle school program addresses these needs and builds upon the attributes and unique skills and abilities of every student while providing them with a strong academic foundation.
The middle schools also embrace a team-teaching philosophy, with staff meeting daily to discuss student needs, curricular and instructional issues, and to communicate with parents and support personnel. Students practice creativity and are committed to learning and growth. They are good writers and speakers who express themselves well in many media, and are open minded and at ease collaborating and cooperating with others. They study core subjects and take courses in technology, computers, art, music, physical education, health and family and consumer science. Foreign language instruction begins in the 5th grade when students have the option of taking Latin, French, or Spanish.
In addition to exploring mini-courses designed to promote critical thinking
and analytical skills, there are extensive after-school programs, which include modified sports and clubs and organizations that address other interests of young adolescents.
Horace Greeley High School
70 Roaring Brook Rd. • 238-7201 • hg.ccsd.ws
Greeley students are self-motivated and highly engaged as they are taught to think critically and collaborate to solve problems in all courses. In addition to core subjects (most students take English, social studies, math, science, and foreign language classes through their senior year,) students are committed to the fine and performing arts and have an opportunity to take any number of the dozens of electives offered–including shared online courses, a science research course, independent study, and the senior experience internship program. Over two-thirds of the student body participate in more than 85 clubs and organizations, publish two student newspapers and play on over 70 sports teams.
Greeley has an iLab, a maker space, and a visual arts lab. These student-centered learning environments support small and large group instruction, independent study, and team collaboration. Students can roll up their sleeves and actively participate in problem-based learning, divergent thinking and knowledge creation.
The L.I.F.E. School (Learning Independently From Experience) is an alternative high school on the Greeley campus for approximately 60 juniors and seniors. L.I.F.E. utilizes innovative strategies of teaching and learning, and students play a major role in designing their learning experiences, which include internships, independent projects, and other off-campus experiences.