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The Katonah-Lewisboro School District serves approximately 3,000 students from parts of the Towns of Bedford and Lewisboro as well as portions of the Towns of Pound Ridge and North Salem. The rural nature of these communities affords the district's five schools spacious, beautiful campuses with classrooms that are light, airy, and filled with examples of work that students aspire to do, as well as age-appropriate athletic fields and gardens.
Katonah-Lewiboro's dedicated and talented teachers are at the heart of the district's excellence. All elementary school classroom teachers are mentored by Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. Seventeen teachers across all schools are participating in the district's first Innovation Grant to develop ways of embodying the Learning Commitment. Recent recognition of educator excellence includes the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Science Teachers Association of New York State, a Microsoft Innovative Educator ( MIE) Expert, and a New York State Master Teacher and Recipient of 2017 Fellows Award from American Association of Physics Teachers.
A array of nearby museums and parks support and enliven curriculum. Students step into the natural world at local preserves including Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Onatru Farm Park, and Mountain Lakes Preserve. They experience visual and performing art at cultural institutions including Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, The Katonah Museum of Art, and the Ridgefield Playhouse.
Students also benefit from strong community involvement. Each school has a vibrant parent-teacher organizations, while the special education PTA (SEPTA), John Jay Boosters, KLArtsAlive, and KL Foundation supports initiatives across the district.
The three elementary schools of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District--Increase Miler, Katonah, and Meadow Pond--are committed to helping young people develop joyous, purposeful, lifelong literacy. They do this through daily time for reaching and writing, as well implementing state-of-the-art curriculum developed by Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. This same intentionality is brought to teaching math, as well as the integration of science, technology, reading, engineering, art, math (STREAM).
Much anticipated annual events include Differences Day, a parent led workshop for second and fifth grade that explores diversity; Soup and Salad Days, where children harvest from school gardens and enjoy lunch from what they grew; and PARP--Parent as Reading Partners month, filled with special guests who share their favorite books.
Zeal, Intrepid, Perspective, Inquiry . . . these are just some of the teams of John Jay Middle School's sixth and seventh grades. Each is a randomly selected group of about ninety students that rotates through same math, ELA, social studies, and science teachers each day—as opposed to mixing with different students in each class. These small communities support young adolescents' cognitive, social and emotional growth, and motivate academic excellence
The eighth grade runs like a junior high: students create more self-directed communities through classroom, club, and intramural activities.
John Jay High School is a student-centered environment led by forward-thinking faculty and leadership committed to offering traditional and non-traditional classes, with unparalleled performing arts and visual arts programs. A wide variety of elective course offerings from skill level programs to honors and Advanced Placement courses is available. MORE.
John Jay High School faculty, recognized as one of the best in Westchester County, is a team of more than 100 educators who express a lifelong commitment to the teaching and learning process. All have completed their Master’s degree and several possess doctoral degrees.
Approximately 87% of the student body participates in at least one extracurricular activity. Noteworthy are Campus Congress, a unique governing body which models the U.S. Congress; John Jay Focus, the award-winning school newspaper; Reach Out John Jay, a 300-member strong community service organization' and approximately 40 interscholastic athletic teams.