Thinking of Moving to Scarsdale?
How can I find out if my residence is within Scarsdale Public Schools district boundaries?
Some homes in this area have a Scarsdale mailing address, but are not within the Scarsdale School District. If you do not know whether your current or a prospective residence is within Scarsdale Public Schools district boundaries, you may call the Census/District Registrar, Maria Miraglia, at (914) 721-2444 or send an email.
How do we register for school or for transportation?
The District offers a registration system which allows parents/guardians to enter student information, as well as requests for transportation, online. For further information about registration, click here.
What is the age cutoff for kindergarten registration? When do we register?
Children whose fifth birthday falls on or before December 31 may be registered for kindergarten that year. Kindergarten registration is usually scheduled in March, but registration in all grades is accepted year-round for new residents. For further information about kindergarten registration, click here.
How do I know which elementary school my child will attend?
Enrollment in one of the five elementary schools is determined by the neighborhood in which you live. If you do not know which elementary school serves your neighborhood, you may call the District Registrar, Maria Miraglia, at (914) 721-2444 or send an email. For further information about registration, click here.
Are there differences among the elementary schools?
All five elementary schools follow the same curriculum; while each school has its own personality and style, the standards of teaching and student services are uniformly high throughout the District.
How do I arrange for a school tour?
School tours are arranged through the individual school offices. Please call the school directly to make arrangements. For school contact information, click here.
Do you have a “gifted and talented” program?
Scarsdale provides enrichment activities for students who are “interested and able” as part of our overall commitment to differentiation of instruction in all classrooms. It does not have separate classes for “interested and able” children.
What is the practice regarding elementary class size?
Maximum class sizes in the elementary grades are 22 students in grades K-3, and 24 students in grades 4-5.
What evaluations and services are available for my child with special needs?
The Special Education Department addresses the education needs of children in the District who have identifiable disabilities, from age 3 until age 21, or until they receive their high school diplomas. Consistent with state requirements, the District arranges for multi-disciplinary evaluations, which for 3-5 year-olds is conducted by County-approved providers, and for school-age children age 5-21 by District personnel, supplemented by outside specialists when appropriate. For further information on services provided by the Special Education Department, please visit their page.
What math curriculum do you use in the elementary schools?
The District's elementary math curriculum is based on The Curriculum Focal Points published by The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The curriculum guides teachers on the content and depth of study warranted at each grade level. The program the District has chosen to deliver this curriculum is the textbook series Primary Mathematics, written by the Ministry of Education in Singapore and published by Marshall Cavendish. The program is designed to equip students with sound concept development, critical thinking and efficient problem-solving skills. For more information, please visit the K-5 math curriculum page.
What foreign language instruction do you offer?
World Language instruction begins in second grade, with Spanish offered through fifth grade. Click for the Elementary Spanish curriculum page. Starting in sixth grade at the Middle School, students may choose French or Spanish. In High School, Latin and Mandarin are also available, in addition to Spanish and French.
How is the Middle School structured?
The Middle School (with an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students) is divided into four Houses, which provides a helpful transition from the contained classrooms of elementary school, and prepares students for the transition to high school. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade teams of students and teachers are organized in each House; each House is run by a House Counselor who meets weekly with each team. For more information on the structure and curriculum of the Middle School, please visit their page.
What does the High School curriculum offer?
Click for the The High School Course Catalog.
For responses to other frequently asked questions about the High School, please click here.
For a general overview of the High School and student achievement, see the Scarsdale High School Profile.