The instructional program serves the needs of over 8,500 students attending the nine District schools.
Kindergarten Registration Information
Students must be 5 years of age on or before December 31st of the year in which they begin kindergarten. During the spring, all entering kindergarten children are screened to identify special needs and to provide for their individual differences. Our full-day kindergarten program includes instruction in social readiness, reading, and mathematics readiness. Problem-solving activities are also incorporated into each school day. Parent conferences are scheduled for mid-November.
The primary grades (K-3) have for their specific objectives the instilling and mastering of skills in the basics of reading, mathematics, and language arts, as well as an introduction to social studies and science. Formal instruction is also given in art, music, and physical education.
The intermediate grades (4-5) conduct an expanded curriculum including reading, language arts (composition, spelling, English essentials), science, health, social studies (including geography, history, citizenship), music, art and physical education.
In addition, each elementary school has the service of a full-time librarian and school nurse. Speech therapy is available to children in need of such services on a regularly scheduled basis. Each elementary school has a psychologist available to assist teachers and parents who have a youngster experiencing learning or behavioral difficulties. Special education services are available in all elementary schools with placement of special education classes districtwide.
For an overview of what is covered in each grade level, please see our K-5 curriculum overview page.
An interdisciplinary teaming approach is employed in all grade levels in the content area classes in the middle school. This teaming structure is in place to provide students with a solid support base that will enhance their education. In addition, students’ programs are enhanced by programs in art, performing music groups, family and consumer science sills, technology, and health and physical education. A comprehensive academic program is offered for students of varying learning styles, abilities, behaviors, interests and achievement levels. These courses enrich students’ lives and are integral to their educational evolution. The sports program begins to be fully developed at the middle school level, providing students with a wide variety of opportunities to participate in both interscholastic athletic and intramural settings.
In addition, each middle school has full-time guidance counselors, psychologists, a nurse, a librarian, the services of District youth workers, and other support personnel. Students requiring additional support are also provided special education services in both middle schools.
The most significant component of the middle schools, in addition to the academic challenges, is to provide a nurturing supportive learning environment, recognizing the tribulations of the adolescent in today’s society. The programs presented both inside and outside of their classes are flexible and varied to meet their individual learning needs. Creative opportunities are provided for students to interact socially, to conduct independent study and research, to develop and practice responsible behavior, and to explore an expanded and diverse program.
In keeping with our commitment to excellence in education, the middle school is intended to serve as a dynamic and positive experience that creates a bridge between the elementary school and the high schools in the lifelong process of learning.
The four-year (9-12) high school program has been designed to give each student a thorough foundation in the basic subjects and a wide variety of other valuable experiences that address individual needs. Our instructional programs include the provision of support services for students requiring special education as well as Advanced Placement, honors, Long Island University/CW Post S.C.A.L.E, Regents, occupational/technical and cultural arts courses, and career connection courses.
The excellent reputation of the Half Hollow Hills high school program is based on our efforts to meet the needs of all students through a wide array of program offerings – from the basic to the highly specialized.
Over 93 percent of our students receive Regents diplomas. Over 50 percent of these students receive Regents diplomas with advanced designation and/or with honors, making Half Hollow Hills one of the top school districts in the state in this category. Ninety-three percent of our graduates go on to post-secondary education, and overall student achievement on SATs, ACTs and Regents examinations is also among the highest in the state. Our students conduct summer science, math, and social science research in the most prestigious universities, and more than 60 high school students have been named semifinalists by the Siemens Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search since 1975, with a significant number of those students also named finalists.
Half Hollow Hills high schools offer comprehensive academic programs, including Advanced Placement courses in English composition, English literature, French, Spanish, Italian, biology, chemistry, Physics B and C, environmental science, psychology, Computer Science A and AB, statistics, AB and BC Calculus, American History, European History, US Government, macro- and micro-economics, and art. The advanced program enables students to readily complete the equivalent of five years in art, English, mathematics, science, social studies or foreign language, instead of the four years. These advanced courses lead to Advanced Placement examinations for college credit. Many students also participate in independent study in foreign languages, including Russian, Japanese, Latin, Greek, Chinese and Hebrew. Independent science, math and social science research is now offered in the regular school program, and internships in professional areas such as medicine, law, engineering, accounting, the academic disciplines, and fine arts are also offered.
In addition, courses in vocal, instrumental music, fine arts and physical education complement our extensive program.
The curriculum offers a broad range of electives and honors courses and a fifth- and sixth-year foreign language program. Many electives, after the required courses are satisfied, are available to our students for further enrichment in the various disciplines. The business co-op program provides students with on-the-job experience in local businesses. As participants in programs at the Wilson Technical Vocational School, sponsored by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, students study auto mechanics, practical nursing, beauty culture, food preparation, data processing and computer-assisted drafting, and train as computer technicians. These are among the approximately 50 programs available. All of our secondary school programs will be based on a nine-period day. The nine-period schedule allows our student population opportunities to maximize their academic program.
The comprehensive extracurricular activities program includes interscholastic sports, intramural sports, and a variety of clubs and community service projects which meet the interests of all our students. Interscholastic athletics provide a unique opportunity for athletically talented students to reach their full potential and foster a spirit that lends vitality to school life, while providing wholesome objectives of recreational interest for the entire community. Half Hollow Hills offers a full range of organized interscholastic sports teams. Annually, many sports teams of HHH have numerous students that are recognized by New York State as Scholar-Athletes.
Music study includes singing, listening, rhythmic and eurythmic activities, improvisation, creative exploration, theory and performance. Music electives offered in grades nine through twelve include Theory I and II and independent study classes in arranging, orchestration and composition. High school credit is given for these classes, as well as for participation in chorus, band and orchestra.
Each year, significant numbers of Half Hollow Hills High School students are recognized for their exceptional musical abilities and achievements by being named to All-County and All-State performing groups. Students have also won prestigious national music appointments that have taken them around the country.