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Briarcliff Manor Schools
The Briarcliff Manor School District services a community committed to traditional values in education. Our students are housed in three schools; an elementary school containing grades kindergarten through five; a middle school, grades six through eight and a high school, grades nine through twelve. Our school budget for 2012-2013 is $47,650,000.
The schools operate under the jurisdiction of a five member Board of Education whose goal is to provide students with a strong foundation of the basic fundamentals of learning in order to prepare them for college as well as to be useful and productive citizens. The Briarcliff School District is committed to the philosophy of helping each child develop into a mature individual who will be a contributing member of society. The school shares this responsibility with parents and the community for meeting the needs of the whole child -- intellectual, physical, civic, moral, and aesthetic. The school, however, has a primary responsibility for the intellectual development of the child -- the acquisition of the tools and habits of learning and the assimilation of a basic body of skills and knowledge. While certain aspects of learning require memorization of facts, the school must also encourage creative and independent thinking. Each child has different gifts and learning styles, and develops at different rates. Therefore, insofar as possible, the school must try to meet the individual needs of each child by offering alternative methods of learning, options in course selection, and a broad range of educational programs for students with different life goals. However, within each grade or subject level there must be minimum measurable standards of achievement. Since schools provide a unique opportunity for social development with peers and with adults, they should offer a variety of experiences, which will enhance interpersonal and group relations among all members of the school community. Through a minimum number of stated regulations, the school should help students learn the limits of individual freedom and the values of cooperation. Also, as part of the development of the whole child, the school should teach the value of physical fi tness and good health habits and help children to understand the interrelationship of physical and emotional health. Opportunities for participation in many kinds of physical activities should be offered all through school. Since learning is for life, the school should expose all students to the richness of our cultural heritage and particularly the aesthetic values of the arts. The total education should be relevant to the needs of the student and the society in which he/she will be living, helping him/her to make the most of his/her own potential and encouraging him/her to make the world a better place in which to live.
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