Scarsdale Public Schools

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The Scarsdale Public School District (Scarsdale Union Free School District) is a public school district the boundaries of which encompass the entirety of Scarsdale, New York and part of the unincorporated portion of the town of Mamaroneck, New York. The district enrollment is 4,593 students in grades K-12 in seven schools.

In June 2012, 24/7 Wall St. ranked the district as being the wealthiest in the entire country.[1]

Curriculum[edit]

As of 2008 the faculty of Scarsdale High School began replacing Advanced Placement classes with a locally devised curriculum, Advanced Topics, that is intended to be more difficult. The initial courses covered the visual arts and social studies. Michael V. McGill, superintendent, stated that Advanced Topics stresses factual content and critical thinking.[2]

Demographics[edit]

As of 1991, students of Asian origins made up 19.3% of the school district's students.[3] That year 26% of the students at Fox Meadow Elementary School was of Asian origins,[4] Over 25% of the students at another one of the elementary schools was of Asian origin.[3] The increase was chiefly due to a large number of Japanese businesspersons assigned to the New York City area moving to Scarsdale,[5] and also due to a large number of houses being occupied by "empty nesters".[3] Fox Meadow adjusted to its new population by giving new Japanese students American "buddies," establishing English-Japanese handbooks, and a parent-teacher association group oriented to Japanese parents.[4]

Student performance[edit]

As of that year SAT averages of the school system are over 100 points higher than the national average. In 2007 the SAT averages were 639 for mathematics, 617 for reading, and 636 on writing. The national averages were 505 for mathematics, 491 for reading, and 494 for writing. In 2006 there were 364 graduates from Scarsdale High School. Of them, almost 97% were scheduled to attend four year universities. Elsa Brenner of The New York Times wrote that "The school system remains tough to beat and is clearly doing all it can to stay that way."[2]

Schools[edit]

The Scarsdale School District has five separate elementary schools: Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres, Heathcote, and Quaker Ridge.

Each elementary school is named after one of the five neighborhoods in Scarsdale.[2]

Scarsdale Middle School is the district middle school and Scarsdale High School is the district high school.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liebeskind, Ken. "Weston Is Second Wealthiest U.S. School District". The Weston Daily Voice. Retrieved 26 July 2012.  (Archive)
  2. ^ a b c Brenner, Elsa. "Living in Scarsdale, N.Y. Houses Even Bigger, Scores Way Above Average." The New York Times. May 18, 2008. Retrieved on January 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Handelman, David. "The Japanning of Scarsdale: East Meets Westchester." New York Magazine (ISSN 0028-7369). New York Media, LLC, April 29, 1991. Vol. 24, No. 17. 40-45. - CITED: p. 42.
  4. ^ a b Handelman, David. "The Japanizing of Scarsdale: East Meets Westchester." New York Magazine (ISSN 0028-7369). New York Media, LLC, April 29, 1991. Vol. 24, No. 17. 40-45. - CITED: p. 44.
  5. ^ Handelman, David. "The Japanizing of Scarsdale: East Meets Westchester." New York Magazine (ISSN 0028-7369). New York Media, LLC, April 29, 1991. Vol. 24, No. 17. 40-41. - CITED: p. 41.

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