Inspiring A Standard of Excellence For All Students
The Pelham Public Schools serve approximately 2,900 students in four neighborhood elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. It is located in the southern-most tip of Westchester County, 30 minutes north of New York City. With an academically diverse student body, the District sets high expectations and provides opportunities for all students and faculty to reach their full potential. Residents share a commitment to education as well as the arts, sports, and civic responsibility. They have supported the annual budget for more than 20 years.
We are most proud of:
- High achievement of all students on state and national assessments, K-12
- High participation and passing rates in Advanced Placement courses in the high school
- Quality instructional programs aligned with the Common Core Standards and offering 21st century learning opportunities
- High graduation rate with more than 94% attending college and a majority of students entering the top three tiers of competitive schools
- Outstanding achievement in state and national programs in a variety of arenas including forensics/speech, science research, performing arts, sports, robotics, world languages, music and art.
The Pelham school community, comprising The Board of Education, administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members, has high expectations and standards for all students.
The Pelham school community challenges and inspires its students to become creative and critical thinkers who make ethical choices, to work both independently and collaboratively to solve problems, to become life-long learners and responsible citizens in a democratic society, and to be prepared for the demands of a highly technological and global community.
The Pelham school community celebrates diversity, fosters a sense of belonging for all children and emphasizes the importance of contributing to the greater community.
The Board of Education, administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, students and community members all share the responsibility for public education in Pelham.
The Pelham school community is dedicated to continuous improvement and is committed to maintaining the flexibility necessary to anticipate and respond to a changing world.
About our Program
The Pelham Public Schools set high expectations for students to reach their full potential. Our programs incorporate traditional and innovative instructional strategies based on the latest research, best practices and our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. This plan centers around three goal areas Cultural Competence, Authentic Learning, and the Whole Child. Under this plan, the Pelham School Community will develop empowered, adaptable, well-balanced individuals who are equipped to meaningfully contribute to our local, national and global society.
Our four neighborhood elementary schools, Colonial, Hutchinson, Prospect Hill, and Siwanoy, are guided by the belief that good schools nurture a child's intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. We engage children in learning experiences that are relevant, purposeful, challenging, and hands on. We respect children's developmental needs, interests, learning styles and differences as they strive to master content knowledge and skills. With a strong foundation of learning in place, students are challenged to form new understandings and to create new meaning. Individualized yet highly structured instruction in reading and writing workshops; a focus on understanding, problem solving, and computational fluency in mathematics; proactive early screening, and a daily 45-minute enrichment and intervention block are all part of the elementary school program. All four of our elementary schools are also equipped with an interactive MakerSpace, that develops STEAM skills in a hands-on learning environment. Additionally all elementary students in grades 2-5 are taught Spanish through the Foreign Language Elementary School (FLES) program.
Pelham Middle School is designed to meet the academic and social needs of the young adolescent. The grade 6-8 program includes team teaching, integrated studies, learning projects, outdoor education experiences, and an emphasis on a continuum of critical and creative thinking and reading and writing skills. All 8th graders are enrolled in Regents Earth Science; accelerated and honors programs are also offered. World language study begins in 6th grade with a choice of French, Italian, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish. Pelham Middle School is authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School-Middle Years Programme. We look forward to expanding our journey with inquiry-based student-centered learning experiences connected to a real-world global context.
As a four-year high school, Pelham Memorial High School provides a range of more than 100 courses and a rigorous college preparatory program for its academically diverse students. In a supportive environment that promotes respect and responsibility, students also develop through a rich performing and creative arts program and a wide variety of extracurricular and athletic activities. The facility includes the latest technology, a Bio-Tech Lab, two World Language labs, MakerSpace, a fitness center and broadcast media studio. Students earn recognition on regional, state and national levels in all fields, including science, math, writing, the arts, world languages, and athletics. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is also being implemented in grades 9 & 10.