Greetings to the
East Ramapo Central School District Community
“The health of a community can be measured by its success in developing all of its children.”
– Efficacy Institute (www.efficacy.org)
As a district, we developed our Strategic Academic Plan and Comprehensive Expenditure Plan and began implementation of both. These plans, with support from the Board of Education and community, allowed us to implement full-day Kindergarten for all students, enhance education in the Arts, initiate a STEAM Academy, and guide district schools through the improvement process necessary to create a thriving culture of learning in all our schools. We also introduced the idea of a growth mindset, to help students and staff articulate that hard work leads to success.
Our goal is to increase educational opportunities in the Arts, reframe the High School schedules, expand English as a New Language and Bi-Lingual instruction at all grade levels, and support a teacher collaboration model at all schools. Kakiat STEAM Academy added the 8th grade, and Chestnut Ridge is an International Baccalaureate Candidate Campus, providing exciting opportunities for Middle School students. New summer learning opportunities in music, health sciences, and technology were also made possible with over one thousand students able to participate in summer learning and fun.
With the passage of a capital improvement bond, the district is addressing infrastructure needs at all schools. Bond work began over the summer on roofs at several schools and the athletic fields at both high schools, and more renovations will take place next summer. We continue to educate the whole child to be healthy, safe, supported, engaged and challenged.
Together, with support from our local leaders and parents, East Ramapo is Rising! We’re Going All the Way Up with a Growth Mindset and Beyond!
Unified for education.
Dr. Deborah L. Wortham
Superintendent of Schools