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ESM supports the importance of early childhood education with a pre-kindergarten program serving ages 1-4 at Park Hill School and a full-day kindergarten program in each of its four elementary schools. From Pre-kindergarten through high school graduation, we strive for academic excellence and rigor by engaging student minds. We value 21st Century knowledge and skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. These skills are integrated throughout our curriculum and are essential for success in college, career and citizenship. At ESM, our focus is on inquiry-based and trans-disciplinary learning through real-life problems that will prepare our students to develop the skills and decision-making for their futures. Our schools embrace innovative, inter-disciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities that focus on problem-based learning to foster curiosity, questioning, creativity, and innovation for college, career and citizenship readiness. ESM is proud to have one of only 11 schools in New York State designated as a comprehensive high school with numerous Career and Technical Education programs, a student-led credit union and many courses for advanced placement and college credit. Digital literacy is a priority for our students/staff to deepen and accelerate learning. We also value youth development and leadership opportunities. We enjoy strong, supportive relationships with business, higher education and community organizations (locally, nationally, globally) that enhance student learning through innovative collaborative teaching, applied problem solving, program design and professional development.
2015 ESM selected as 1 of only 27 "ecosystems" across the United States to pilot the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. 2015 and 2014 List of “Best Communities for Music Education”
2013 Be the Change for Kids Innovation Award for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-related (STEM) programs
2013 Newsweek's List of America’s Best HighSchools
2011 American Library Association's National School Library Program of the Year Award (Pine Grove Middle School)
2010-2011: ESM was one of only 388 districts nationwide honored by the College Board on the AP® Achievement List.
2010 NYS ASCD Educating the Whole Child for the 21st Century Award (Pine Grove Middle School)