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About Our School

About Our School

Early childhood education is literacy based. The individual skill level of each child is determined upon entry to school. The program is structured to provide all support for all students based on their level and their learning needs.
The district's elementary school has a comprehensive program in all academic areas, providing for acceleration and remediation. Special emphasis is placed on integrating the reading and writing processes. Laboratory instruction in Science is emphasized in the elementary curriculum.
The Middle School program is departmentalized. Students are carefully selected for their learning level environment. Flexibility in programming allows for children to change learning levels when appropriate. Students are placed in accelerated or corrective programs as the need arises. Exploratory courses in careers, technology, music, art, and foreign language, are included in each student's program.
Grades 9-12 make up a comprehensive high school. A complete sequence of courses is offered in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and foreign language. In addition, electives may be chosen in most academic areas. Courses are offered in art, music, business, health, computer science, and physical education. Advanced placement courses are offered in English, social studies, biology, calculus and computer science. Students may also select courses from a sequential program in computer technology. A series of courses in occupational education is offered at the local BOCES center.
The special education program offers a series of settings to assist all children who have a handicapping condition. The programs are carried out in consultant, resource room, or self-contained settings. Special programs in speech, physical and occupational therapy, counseling and adaptive physical education are provided to those children in need of these services.
Gifted and Talented programs are provided for children in Sherburne-Earlville. This program includes both enrichment and expanded activities. Students may participate in such activities as Odyssey of the Mind, Colgate University Seminars, and the High School Academic Program.
The school system has a comprehensive computer education program. Computer laboratories exist in the elementary school, the middle school, and the high school. Computer education is integrated into the regular curriculum in grades K-12 with selective courses offered in the high school. In addition to basic instruction in the use of the computer, students are instructed in the use of the computer as a tool significant as a resource in gathering and manipulating information.
The district offers a variety of activities to interested young people. Students can participate in athletics, band and color guard, drama and theatre, and a number of clubs and organizations.
The Sherburne-Earlville Central School District is justifiably proud of its library media centers. The library media centers are considered the heart of each school building. Many resources, both print and non-print, are available to students, staff, and community members. Although much of the material is purchased for curriculum use, there is always much available for an important goal of our library media centers - reading for enjoyment. When your child enters the Sherburne-Earlville School system, please make it a point to visit the library media centers. Community members are always welcome to use our libraries.

The school system is made up of several small communities with a center fifty miles north of Binghamton, forty-two miles south of Utica, and fifty miles southeast of Syracuse. Farming is the biggest industry. Several industrial firms exist within our area. In addition to Colgate University, which is twelve miles away, several colleges and universities are within forty to fifty miles of the district.
The population in the school district is approximately 7,700 residents. The communities support a variety of commercial organizations, as well as religious, recreational and cultural facilities. The area is generally regarded as a most desirable place in which to reside, with the closeness of relations found in the smaller community, yet with the advantages of nearby metropolitan areas.
Our villages are nestled among mountains, rivers, and streams, enhanced by a picturesque landscape throughout each of the seasons.

The school district is made up of original schools from Lebanon, Poolville, Earlville, Smyrna, North Norwich, and Sherburne. Grades K-5 are located in a new elementary facility located adjacent to the Middle-High School in Sherburne. Seven Board members are elected for three-year terms to oversee the educational system.
The district has a transportation system of twenty-five buses. Besides regular runs, students are transported to special schools, parochial schools, and to BOCES to obtain services in occupational and select special education programs.
The student population of 1300 is serviced by about 150 professional staff members. In addition, ancillary services are provided by teaching assistants and teacher aides.

The district welcomes individuals and families who wish to learn more about our schools. Call 607-674-7300 to arrange a visit with the Superintendent and other members of the staff to discuss and observe programs.
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