At Pocantico Hills, we are committed to the belief that all children have incredible growth potential and that we must do all we can to extend, nurture, and inspire them within the school and beyond. To us, the quality of a child’s classroom experiences is more important than scores on standardized tests, and our collective goal every day is to enrich our students’ lives beyond the standards set by the State.
As part of their everyday engagement with the curricula, students should be actively applying and bridging essential skills, thinking deeply, making connections, asking thoughtful questions, seeing relationships, collaborating, and communicating. We should be modeling and developing flexibility, creativity, and innovation, as well as productive habits of mind so students can excel in the world around them. Our Guiding Principles and Essential Skills frame our thinking for this important work and are embedded in all our decisions.
Thanks to the community’s support, we have many resources at our fingertips, and we are always working to embed them in our instruction. We realize that the world around us is changing more quickly than ever before, and we have a responsibility to thoughtfully and systematically prepare our students for all the demands and challenges ahead.
In addition to the overviews you see below, we have also posted curriculum outlines for our major subject areas. While these are always works in progress, they provide an insight into the units, topics, and skills that are explored and developed at each grade level. Please see our teachers’ class pages for more information and links!