About Elwood Schools:
Elwood is a unique suburban Long Island community located in the Town of Huntington approximately one hour commuting time from New York City. Our population is about 13,000, with a student population of approximately 2,285. Many of our residents are corporate executives, business owners and/or members of various professions. Elwood may be best described as a diverse middle to upper socio-economic community.
We are proud of our tradition of excellence. Historically, the number of seniors cited by the National Merit Program as commended students, Semi finalists and Finalists has exceeded the national norm. A very high percentage of our senior classes receive Regents diplomas. On the playing fields, our students have achieved comparable success in winning league, county and state championships. We are indeed proud of our students and their efforts, and we know that they have achieved success in the colleges and programs of their choice.
Elwood residents are very supportive of their schools, and there is a strong level of community involvement. The Board of Education, administration and staff work together with the community to provide students with an excellent educational experience in a fiscally responsible environment.
HARLEY AVENUE PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades K-2)
In the primary grades at Harley Avenue Primary School students are grouped heterogeneously in highly desirable class sizes, generally with 20 to 22 students per class. The hours for Harley Avenue are from 9:20am to 3:40pm and each day includes a special area subject: library, art, music, or physical education. The students have lunch/recess with their grade level peers each day, as well as “General Music” once a week as a grade level. English Language Learners in kindergarten, grades one and two have instruction according to their English proficiency.
The Reading and Writing program at Harley provides for an enhanced language arts experience, which reflects the district’s commitment to early development of the key literacy concepts in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
The mathematics program is based on concrete experiences. Using basic skills are emphasized with stress placed on critical thinking, problem solving and practical use of mathematics, such as measuring, estimating and determining probability, utilizing a variety of manipulatives.
In science, each class participates in a regularly scheduled period in the science lab and at least one additional period of science each week. In the lab the students are actively involved in a hands-on science experience.
Technology is utilized across the school. Smart Boards and Document Cameras are available in every classroom. Our technology initiative strives to integrate technology into the classroom seamlessly to enhance the instructional program. Beyond the classroom computers, our school features a computer lab, which functions as a resource and instructional center. Technology is considered a valuable instructional tool.
The Harley Avenue faculty is composed of highly trained and qualified educators coming from diverse backgrounds, all working together to provide an outstanding early childhood program to our district’s youngest population. Harley Avenue Primary School – a great place to learn.
JAMES H. BOYD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 3-5)
The James H. Boyd Intermediate School provides students with a strong academic and social and emotional program that builds upon their foundational skills, while promoting critical thinking and problem solving. James Boyd is a warm, nurturing environment that works to foster a love for learning.
Our academic program is aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards(http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards) . Students engage in reading and writing workshop daily through whole group, small group, reading partners, interactive read alouds and independent reading practice to build upon their skills (http://readingandwritingproject.org). Our classes are active in student to student learning opportunities to enhance and deepen student understanding. Students have mathematics daily and focus on computation and problem-solving. Our math program is an active hands-on approach that requires students to think critically and analytically with perseverance.
The math program challenges students to master their fluency facts, compute complex math problems and complete multi- step word problems. Students are taught various ways to solve math problems to deepen their understanding of the math concepts taught and not just getting the right answers. Social and Emotional Learning takes place throughout the day through discussions on literature, character education lessons and school wide initiatives. James H. Boyd works closely with Harley Avenue Primary school to ensure that the curriculums are aligned and provide students with the learning progressions they need to grow as successful learners.
The science program is based on the use of manipulative materials and activities according to grade level objectives. Our newly renovated science lab will offer students an exciting hands-on learning environment. The social studies program is aligned with the New York State Social Studies Framework. It incorporates the New York State Common Core Learning Standards and uses the C3 Inquiry Arc as instructional methodology. Social Studies practices are identified, as well as the key ideas, conceptual understandings, and content specifications. The district utilizes the Putman Boces Social Studies curriculum K-5 (https://www.pnwboces.org/ssela/index.htm). In addition, both science and social studies content are supported through classroom read alouds. All classrooms have their own computers; the school has a comprehensive computer lab and two chrome book traveling carts for students to utilize technology to enhance their learning experiences throughout the day.
Students also attend classes taught by specialists in art, music physical education, library and computers to broaden their knowledge and enrich the whole child.
Fourth and fifth graders are able to participate in before-and after-school musical performing groups in band, orchestra and chorus with instrumental music lessons given during the regular school day. Third graders are also able to participate in string lessons before school to build competency and to encourage participation in our 4th-5th grade orchestral program. Many students enjoy our comprehensive after-school clubs and activities program.
James H. Boyd is a supportive, student-centered learning environment that challenges students to reach their fullest potential. James H. Boyd believes that all children can learn and succeed.
ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)
The Elwood Middle School recognizes the special learning requirements of adolescent students by offering an educationally balanced program which meets academic, social and emotional needs. Its innovative programs, featuring cooperative learning and problem solving activities, were factors in its selection for the New York State School of Excellence program and High Performance/Closing the Gap recognition.
Sixth grade includes the basic skills of language arts, reading, mathematics, social studies and science. Reading and mathematics learning environments are structured to assure each student the best opportunity for success. Three fully networked computer labs are available to assist with the integration of curriculum materials and provide additional instructional support. Every sixth grader participates in band, chorus or orchestra. Additionally, students enjoy exploratory courses in art, computers, author’s workshop, family and consumer science, health, general music and physical education.
Continuing into seventh grade, a strong academic program is enhanced by acceleration opportunities in science and mathematics. Foreign language instruction in French, Italian and Spanish is introduced. The school fully utilizes its three fully networked computer labs to provide all students with rich instructional experiences in this area. A full year technology course is offered to all seventh graders to enhance their real life skills, as well as physical education, and ten weeks of art, and family and consumer science.
Eighth graders have health instructions to help them understand and cope with many critical topics. Ten-week courses in Math/Science/Technology, Art, Family and Consumer Science and “Issues, Events and Personalities of the Past Fifty Years” provide content, skills and further opportunities to experience contemporary America. In addition, a full co-curricular program is offered, as well as an interscholastic sports program for students in grades 7 and 8. Our theater program is especially noteworthy, with outstanding productions being presented annually. Elwood Middle School students have participated in several highly acclaimed productions to sellout audiences.
ELWOOD JOHN GLENN HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)
Elwood-John Glenn High school has a continuing tradition of excellence. Each year, members of the senior class achieve SAT scores that rank above the national and state averages. Elwood has one of the highest percentages of students receiving Regents diplomas on Long Island. Ninety six percent of the graduating class continues their education, attending colleges, universities and technical schools.
To achieve these impressive results, we offer a comprehensive curriculum. Courses are reviewed annually and new courses are added to meet changing needs. Included are Advanced Placement and college-level courses, Regents courses and electives in both academic and technical areas. Students interested in art have participated in fine arts summer programs, and student musicians have performed in national groups and received national recognition.
A full array of extracurricular clubs, performance groups and interscholastic sports are available. Through our National Helpers Program, Operation Respect and our Community Service Club, students develop a sense of caring and compassion for peers, the young, the old and the needs.
Our goal as educators is to instill a sense of pride and accomplishment throughout the student body and to provide a setting that enables each student to perform to his or her level of ability. Our residents are proud to call Elwood the “Heart of Huntington.”