About Elwood Schools:
Elwood is a unique suburban Long Island community located in the Town of Huntington approximately one hour commuting time from New York City. Our population is about 13,000, with a student population of approximately 2,285. Many of our residents are corporate executives, business owners and/or members of various professions. Elwood may be best described as a diverse middle to upper socio-economic community.
We are proud of our tradition of excellence. Historically, the number of seniors cited by the National Merit Program as commended students, Semi finalists and Finalists has exceeded the national norm. A very high percentage of our senior classes receive Regents diplomas. On the playing fields, our students have achieved comparable success in winning league, county and state championships. We are indeed proud of our students and their efforts, and we know that they have achieved success in the colleges and programs of their choice.
Elwood residents are very supportive of their schools, and there is a strong level of community involvement. The Board of Education, administration and staff work together with the community to provide students with an excellent educational experience in a fiscally responsible environment.
HARLEY AVENUE PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades K-2)
The primary grades (K-2) at Harley Avenue Primary School provide an
enhanced language arts program, which reflects the district's commitment
to early development of the key literacy basics of reading, writing,
listening, and speaking. The use of big books, leveled readers, and
original stories develop skills and elevate strategies for balanced
literacy thus creating an authentic literacy experience for the
Our literacy program in kindergarten through second grade provides
experiences in critical thinking and utilizes the best of children's
literature. The Teacher's College Units of Study in Reading &
Writing support student growth & love of reading and writing.
Our school day is from 9:20am-3:40pm and each day includes a special
subject area: library, art, music, or physical education. The children
also get to use our new science lab as well as the computer lab. English
Language Learners in kindergarten, grades one and two will receive
instruction according to their English proficiency.
The mathematics program is based on the constructivist theory with an
emphasis on concrete experiences. Basic skills are emphasized, with
stress placed on thinking and practical use of mathematics, such as
measuring, estimating, and probability utilizing a variety of
Science instruction and activities take place in class and in the
science lab. Students are actively involved with hands on science
experiments. Science kits, microscopes and other scientific instruments
as well as reading materials add to the lab environment.
The district's technology initiative has provided for multiple chrome
books and a Smart Board in each classroom. Beyond classroom Chromebooks,
Harley features a computer lab that functions as a resource and
instructional center. All classes are scheduled for 1 period a week in
the lab. The district commitment strives to integrate technology as an
Instructional support in academics as well as related services is
provided by trained personnel in reading, speech, social work and
psychology. Academic intervention by the teachers and specialists is
provided in reading and math. Two trained reading teachers instruct
first grade and second grade students in a literacy lab setting in small
groups for thirty minutes, multiple cycles throughout the year. We will
also have a kindergarten intervention teacher, who will collaborate
with classroom teachers and provide support in literacy and math within
the classroom setting. This year we will implement an intervention
period within our school day to ensure all students reading below grade
level receive small group instruction by a classroom teacher five days a
week. This program will begin in mid-October.
The goal of academic intervention is to assess need and to provide
remediation so the student can perform successfully within the
Each child has the opportunity to learn at the primary school. Not only
are support services available, but also each professional is
responsible for creating, a caring school community. Keep an eye out for
our Harley Knight of the Month pep rally dates. At Harley Avenue we
promote excellent character and celebrate students who exhibit those
traits. On these days we ask that all students wear their Elwood or
Harley T-shirts (or Blue) to show school spirit.
The Harley Avenue faculty members are highly trained, certified
educators, coming from diverse backgrounds to work together to provide
an outstanding early childhood program to our district's youngest
JAMES H. BOYD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Grades 3-5)
The James H. Boyd Intermediate School provides students with a strong
academic and social and emotional program that builds upon their
foundational skills, while promoting critical thinking and problem
solving. James Boyd is a warm, nurturing environment that works to
foster a love for learning.
Our academic program is aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards. Students engage in reading and writing workshop daily through whole
group, small group, reading partners, interactive read alouds and
independent reading practice to build upon their skills (http://readingandwritingproject.org).
Our classes are active in student to student learning opportunities to
enhance and deepen student understanding. Students have mathematics
daily and focus on computation and problem-solving. Our math program is
an active hands-on approach that requires students to think critically
and analytically with perseverance.
The math program challenges students to master their fluency facts,
compute complex math problems and complete multi- step word problems.
Students are taught various ways to solve math problems to deepen their
understanding of the math concepts taught and not just getting the right
answers. Social and Emotional Learning takes place throughout the day
through discussions on literature, character education lessons and
school wide initiatives. James H. Boyd works closely with Harley Avenue
Primary school to ensure that the curriculums are aligned and provide
students with the learning progressions they need to grow as successful
The science program is based on the use of manipulative materials and
activities according to grade level objectives. Our newly renovated
science lab will offer students an exciting hands-on learning
environment. The social studies program is aligned with the New York
State Social Studies Framework. It incorporates the New York State
Common Core Learning Standards and uses the C3 Inquiry Arc as
instructional methodology. Social Studies practices are identified, as
well as the key ideas, conceptual understandings, and content
specifications. The district utilizes the Putman Boces Social Studies
curriculum K-5 (https://www.pnwboces.org/ssela/index.htm).
In addition, both science and social studies content are supported
through classroom read alouds. All classrooms have their own computers;
the school has a comprehensive computer lab and two chrome book
traveling carts for students to utilize technology to enhance their
learning experiences throughout the day.
Students also attend classes taught by specialists in art, music
physical education, library and computers to broaden their knowledge and
enrich the whole child.
Fourth and fifth graders are able to participate in before-and
after-school musical performing groups in band, orchestra and chorus
with instrumental music lessons given during the regular school day.
Third graders are also able to participate in string lessons before
school to build competency and to encourage participation in our 4th-5th
grade orchestral program. Many students enjoy our comprehensive
after-school clubs and activities program.
James H. Boyd is a supportive, student-centered learning environment
that challenges students to reach their fullest potential. James H.
Boyd believes that all children can learn and succeed.
ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)
Elwood Middle School (grades 6 - 8) recognizes the unique and
special learning requirements of adolescent students by offering a
comprehensive and balanced program of study that meets their academic,
social and emotional needs. Our school’s motto: “Work hard, play hard,
and treat others with respect” provides students with a framework in
which they strive for excellence under the guidance of experienced
teachers and staff. Our goal is not only to prepare students for the
rigors of High School but to continue to foster a culture of learning
and exploration that can be carried with them through life outside of
Elwood Middle School is a technology progressive school with a goal of
providing all students with a foundation for being active and
responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Our school utilizes 3
stationary computer labs as well as 4 lab carts. All told, the students
of Elwood Middle School have access to over 200 desktops, laptops,
chromebooks, netbooks, and e-readers. By incorporating the use of
technology into the daily lives of our students and focussing on being
responsible citizens in its use, we believe that we are providing a rich
and successful formula for student achievement.
Our building also believes that students need to read often and
challenge themselves in the content that they explore. The teaching
staff at Elwood Middle School has worked hard to incorporate literary
content throughout the curriculum. Whether it be a classic novel in
English class, a historical fiction piece in Social Studies, or an
article on global warming in Science; our focus is to provide our
students with a variety of materials and subjects that allows them to
explore the world around them through the written word.
Outside of the classroom our students have access to numerous clubs,
activities, programs and interscholastic sports. Students have the
opportunity to participate in programs such as the gardening club, the
technology club, Operation Respect, and student council (to name just a
few). Our theatre program is especially noteworthy and many of our
students participate in the annual production. In recent years our
students have participated in productions such as Peter Pan, The Wiz,
and Anne, among other performances.
Sixth grade course at Elwood Middle School includes the basic courses of
Math, Science, Social Studies and English as well as Physical
Education, Music, Art and Family and Consumer Science. Additionally,
all grade 6 students received additional support in both a reading and
math lab designed to promote student problem solving skills and reading
comprehension. Grade 6 is where all students received Google accounts
for the purpose of collaborative projects and the creation of their
personal e-folios which will be with them through high school. The
skills necessary to interact in the Google environment are incorporated
throughout the school year in most courses taught at the middle school.
Students in seventh grade continue with a strong academic program
throughout the school day. In addition to the core courses (Math,
Science, Social Studies, English, Physical Education) students also take
a Foreign Language (Italian or Spanish), Technology, Physical Education
and have the option of continuing to take a performing music.
Additionally, students in 7th grade who are academically eligible have
may try out for school interscholastic sports teams and participate in
any of the school clubs that are offered throughout the school year.
In addition to the core courses, students in grade 8 also take Foreign
Language, Art and Home and Careers. They also take Health which is
critical to helping them understand and cope with many topics that they
are experiencing in adolescence. Students in grade 8 also have the
option to continue taking a performing music, participate in
interscholastic sports, and join many different clubs.
We invite you to explore our website. Our teachers and staff work hard
to provide parents and students with the information necessary for
success in the Middle School. We hope that you find our site
informative as well.
ELWOOD JOHN GLENN HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)
Elwood-John H. Glenn High School has a continuing
tradition of excellence. Each year, members of the senior class achieve
SAT scores that rank above the national and state averages. The number
of seniors cited by the National Merit Scholarship Program exceeds the
national average. Graduating classes have included a number of National
Merit Scholarship semifinalists and commended scholars. In addition, 97%
of the class of 2010 graduated with a New York State Regents Diploma,
with 73% achieving Advanced Designation Diplomas, one of the highest
percentages on Long Island. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the graduating
class continued their education, attending colleges and universities
throughout the country.
To achieve these impressive results, we offer a comprehensive curriculum
for grades nine through twelve. Courses are reviewed annually and new
courses are added to meet changing needs. Included are Advanced
Placement and college-level courses, Regents courses that meet and
exceed all state requirements, and electives in both academic and
technical areas. We also offer college level courses through a
partnership with St. John’s University that allows students to gain
college credits in Spanish and Italian. Students interested in art have
participated in fine arts summer programs, and student musicians have
performed in state and national groups.
A full array of extracurricular clubs, performance groups, and
interscholastic sports are available. Through our Natural Helpers
Program, Operation Respect, and our Community Service Club, students
develop a sense of caring and compassion for peers, the young, seniors,
and the needy.
Our goal is to assist all students to achieve success at the highest
level possible and to develop a sense of community and pride that will
guide each individual through his/her educational journey and throughout
For an overview of Elwood's changing demographics and a celebration of our district's Points of Pride, click here.