A Brief Overview
The Roslyn Union Free School District is situated less than 20 miles from midtown Manhattan. The school district covers an area of five square miles and encompasses a group of primarily residential communities on Long Island's north shore, including the historic Village of Roslyn and all or part of East Hills, Flower Hill, Greenvale, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor and Roslyn Heights.
The district has five schools: the Heights School, an early childhood center for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and half of the district's first grade students; East Hills School, an elementary school, grades 2 through 5; Harbor Hill School, an elementary school, grades 1 through 5; Roslyn Middle School for grades 6 through 8; and Roslyn High School for grades 9 through 12. The total district enrollment exceeds 3,000 students.
- Curriculum development and support services meet or exceed the high standards mandated by the New York State Board of Regents.
- Elementary class sizes are usually in the low or mid-twenties.
- Roslyn students consistently score well above county, state and national averages on standardized tests and college entrance exams.
- Nearly all of Roslyn's high school graduates go on to higher education, with 94 percent or more attending four-year colleges.
- Professional development programs are offered for all personnel and include in-service education, hands-on workshops, attendance at conferences, and Superintendent's Conference Day. The Roslyn Teacher Center, funded by a New York State grant, provides many of these opportunities in partnership with the school district.
- Professional teaching staff members are frequently recognized with national and state awards for their scholarship and creativity.
- Support is provided through a wide range of specialists, from math, reading, computer and library experts, to school psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, special education teachers and paraprofessionals.
- The high school's research program is extensive and includes participation in many regional, national, and international competitions.
- Social-emotional learning, global awareness, human relations and multicultural perspectives are emphasized in all subject areas.
- An extensive vocal, instrumental and dramatic music programs include many performance opportunities.
- Athletic and co-curricular activity programs are comprehensive with a large percentage of students participating.
- Roslyn offers pre-kindergarten and parent-child programs.
- RHS offers 27 AP courses for college-level study and credit. In addition, RHS offers 20 courses for college credit directly from various universities.
- A strong commitment to STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts, math - at all levels includes the implementation of an engineering curriculum at both the elementary and secondary level.
- Roslyn offers a computer education program from kindergarten through grade 12.
- The award-winning community service program mandates 40 hours of service by all high school students. The average student completes hours well over the requirement.
- The Adult Continuing Education program offers more than 75 courses and attracts more than 3,000 registrants each year.
Many parents and residents are advocates for a variety of district programs that benefit children and provide additional support and funding under the auspices of local organizations. These include the Parent-Faculty Associations in each of the school buildings and the Special Education PTA, Roslyn Bulldogs Booster Association, Friends of the Royal Crown Players, Friends of Spotlight, Marching Band Fans, and the R.E.A.D. Foundation. Many residents also support the Roslyn High School Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, which both provide financial assistance to Roslyn students attending college.
A Proud & Distinguished History
The Roslyn Public School District has a long and distinguished history. The first school board in Roslyn was elected in the 1860's. In 1904, the district was designated by the State of New York as a "union free school district", which entitled it to offer a full kindergarten through grade 12 program. The first high school diplomas were awarded in 1907. Since that time, more than 15,000 students have graduated from Roslyn High School. Click here to read more about the early history of the Roslyn schools and the celebration of Roslyn's centennial in 2004.