About the District
Seneca Falls Central School District Educational Program
The Seneca Falls Central School District consists of four schools; Frank Knight Elementary School (grades K –2), Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School (grades 3 – 5), Seneca Falls Middle School (grades 6 – 8), and Mynderse Academy Senior High School (grades 9 – 12).
Frank Knight Elementary School and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School provide elementary 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 lessons 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. Students are provided with wireless access and Chromebooks to support academic programs and individual projects. Ninety-eight percent of all classrooms are equipped with interactive boards for instruction.
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 its 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.
District Mission and Vision Statements
Our Mission Statements
Seneca Falls School District
The mission of the Seneca Falls Central School District is to provide quality educational opportunities and experiences for all students in a safe and positive environment that promotes academic excellence.
To provide equitable educational opportunities and experiences for all students which will ensure academic excellence and develop responsible citizens.
Seneca Falls Middle School
To provide an education in a positive, safe, secure school environment which meets the needs of the whole child during early adolescent years.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton community is dedicated to developing academic excellence, independence and self-esteem in each child.
Frank Knight Elementary School
In recognizing that ALL children are unique, the responsibility of the community, parents and staff of Frank Knight School is to create:
A literate environment making language meaningful to ALL children in order to develop accurate communicators.
An academic environment allowing ALL children to grow and develop to their highest potential.
A nurturing environment fostering success and self-confidence for ALL children.
Vision of Excellence
Over 150 years, the residents of the Seneca Falls Central School District have valued quality education in their community and that tradition continues with this current vision of education.
A Safe Learning Environment
All students have a right to equal educational opportunities.
Regardless of a child’s circumstances, teachers can positively influence his/her life.
Education shall promote the overall health and wellness of the individual.
Technology enables students to expand their educational horizons and opportunities.
Technology shall be utilized to be competitive at all levels of education and into the workforce.
The District shall strive for excellence within the bounds of the available resources.
The Development of the Student
Education shall reinforce the core values of integrity and honesty.
Education shall incorporate Character Education.
Schools shall promote respect for self and others as well as an appreciation and understanding of diversity.
Education shall help people become productive members of society.
Students must be challenged to maximize their potential.
A Commitment towards Collaboration and Communication
Education shall be the collective responsibility of the school, parents, community and students.
Students, parents, staff and the larger community must all be kept informed of the consequences of decisions and actions relating to education within the district.
Education must help students become effective verbal and written communicators.
A Focus on Student Learning
Learning shall be enjoyable, challenging and inspirational.
Education shall foster basic skills, critical thinking and creativity.
Each student shall explore learning opportunities beyond those, which take place in the classroom.
Students shall be active participants in defining their own learning processes.
Education shall provide students with daily opportunities to experience success.
Learning is an ongoing, lifelong process