A Message From the Superintendent of Schools Rosmarie T. Bovino, Ed.D.
Administration Office, 99 Radcliffe Rd.,
Island Park, New York 11558
Welcome to the Island Park Union Free School District and the Island Park community. The Island Park School District is located on the South Shore of Long Island, approximately 20 miles from the heart of Manhattan. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and boating facilities, the school district is an integral part of this small and intimate community.
The Island Park School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 8. The Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School serves students in kindergarten-grade 4; and the Island Park Lincoln Orens Middle School serves students in pre-Kindergarten and grades 5-8. The District has a fully funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten program that runs from 8:50 am to 2:10 pm daily. This includes breakfast, lunch and snack. While there are many socialization opportunities throughout the day, students are also engaged in early reading and math activities. We utilize Reggio-Emilia inspired approach that is thematic-based and integrates creative exploration and artistic expression. The fifth grade follows an elementary school model, while grades sixth through eighth are fully departmentalized with a true middle school “esprit de corps.”
The District has exceptionally dedicated teachers, outstanding administrative school leaders, and a caring and supportive Board of Education. The Board of Education is committed to excellence for all its students and prides itself on providing a "private school experience in a public school setting." One way this is accomplished is through regular communication with parents and residents. Another is by focusing on each child as an individual living in a learning community.
The average class size is between 21 and 23 students. Integrated Co-Taught (ICT) classes in kindergarten through grade 5 are staffed with a general education teacher, special education teacher, and teaching assistant (with NYS teaching certification). ICT classes usually have between 18 and 21 students.
Opportunities for acceleration exist for all children through a variety of experiences. For example, in the elementary school, second language (Spanish) experience begins in pre-kindergarten through a Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program that continues through grade 6. The guided reading program in kindergarten-grade 5 develops reading skills beyond grade level. A music literacy program includes the Orff Schulwerk enrichment approach to developing creativity as well as musical skills and knowledge. There is a Discovery Program for students in grades 3-6 that is taught by a specialist with NYS Gifted Education certification. Sixth graders participate in unique science programs at the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Center. Students in grades 4-6 also benefit from a LEGO Engineering program component of their Tech Ed Experience. In addition, the middle school has an association with Cornell University and the SciFair Active Worlds Project that is integrated into an after-school club. Math acceleration begins in seventh grade.
Eighth graders have the opportunity to earn four high school credits. They are in mathematics (Common Core Integrated Algebra Regents), science (Living Environment Regents), Spanish (Regional Spanish Exam), and Studio Art (Portfolio Project). Eighth graders begin their high school selection process as early as seventh grade, due to the District’s unique High School Choice Program.
Island Park students in grades 9-12 have a choice of attending West Hempstead High School or Long Beach High School. Island Park students continue to excel in all academic, artistic, and athletic areas through their high school years. Approximately 95% of its high school graduates go on to college.
Beyond the classroom, all students have the opportunity to participate in a rich variety of clubs and interscholastic sports. The District has a no-cut policy with respect to athletics to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate. In addition, an after-school program is available to students until 6:00 P.M. To meet the childcare needs of parents, this program is provided through the JCC at Hegarty School.
The summer months provide additional experiences for our students. A five-week Recreation Program allows students to participate in organized crafts, sports and drama activities. Students have access to the Village of Island Park’s private Masone Beach where they participate in swim lessons from Red Cross certified lifeguards; they also participate in a variety of beach games. Older children learn to fish and kayak as well. Field trips to Yankee Stadium and the LI Aquarium in Riverhead are among the places visited.
Children who do not achieve passing criteria at the end of Grades 5-7 are required to attend summer school in the Lincoln Orens Middle School building. A special summer school program is provided for rising ninth graders at each of the two high schools.
While much is offered to its students, Island Park residents are among the lowest taxed in all of Long Island. Working collaboratively with parents, the District is a model for excellence in education. If you would like to learn more about us, you may call the building principals, visit our other webpages or call me directly (516-434-2610).
Thank you for your interest in the Island Park School District.