Seneca Falls Central School District Educational Program
The Seneca Falls Central School District consists of four schools; Frank Knight Elementary School (grades K – 2, 295 students), Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School (grades 3 – 5, 281 students), Seneca Falls Middle School (grades 6 – 8, 290 students), and Mynderse Academy Senior High School (grades 9 – 12, 380 students).
Frank Knight Elementary School and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School provide primary K – 5 students with a Balanced Literacy approach that supports all instructional programs (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies). Guided Reading and Writers’ Workshop approaches provide students with a strong foundation of reading, writing, and literacy skills. ELA and Math instruction is based on the NYS Common Core Learning Standards. Students also receive instruction in Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer Skills, and Library Skills. Expanded choral and instrumental program opportunities are provided to students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Formal instrumental lesson are offered to fifth graders. Special Education services, reading support, and counseling services are also provided. Frank Knight Elementary School special events/activities include Environmental Awareness Week, Reading/Language Arts Weeks, Veterans Day Recognition, and Grand Friends Days. Community connections and partnerships are evident and result in assemblies that support the instructional program. Dedicated teachers provide support to students during the school day and through a variety of after-school opportunities. Strong Parents’ Teams provide support to both the school and students.
Seneca Falls Middle School provides middle school students with core area instruction in English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language. Core area instruction is complemented by courses in Physical Education, Art, Music, Library Skills, Computer Skills, Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Education, Chorus, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. ELA and Math instruction is based on the NYS Common Core Learning Standards. Guidance services, Special Education services, Academic Intervention Services, reading support, and counseling services are also provided. Extra-curricular offerings are provided and include Student Council, Modified Sports (Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Tennis, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, and Lacrosse), and Drama Club. A strong Parents’ Team provides support to the school and students.
Mynderse Academy Senior High School provides students with instruction in the core academic areas of English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language, along with courses in Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer Skills, Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Health Education, Chorus, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. Advanced Placement courses are offered for US History, Calculus, English, Biology, and Physics. Guidance services, Special Education services, Academic Intervention Services, reading support, and counseling services are also provided. Mynderse Academy students complete a required 20 hours of community service prior to Graduation. Numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings are provided to round out students’ high school experiences. They include Student Council, Honor Society, Block M Club, Model United Nations, and Inter-Scholastic Athletics.
An effective Character Education Program is evident in each of the district’s schools. The program supports the Dignity for All Students Act and has strong connections to the community.
The District’s Strategic Plan has specifically addressed Academic Programming, School/Community Connections, District Facilities, and Budget/Finance action plans.
The District prides itself with a strong Instructional Technology focus. Staff and students are provided with wireless access and ample desktop and laptop use. Seven computer labs support academic programs and individual projects. Ninety-eight percent of all classrooms are equipped with SMART Board access to support interactive instruction. Staff and students are also provided with iPad access to further complement instruction in each of the schools.
NYS Assessment and Regents student achievement results rank Seneca Falls in the top third within the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES region. Buffalo Business First recently ranked the Seneca Falls Central School District 144th of 430 upstate New York schools. This places the district in the top third of upstate NYS schools.
The District is also proud of recent recognitions. Mynderse Academy High School was recognized as a Reward School in 2012. Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School was recognized for a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2010. Seneca Falls Middle School received a Statewide School of Character Award in 2009 and 2007. The District received a SMART Showcase School District award in 2010 for its technology integration. The Seneca Falls CSD Board of Education was awarded an FCCLA Appreciation Award for its support of Family and Consumer Sciences instruction.