Academics

Monroe-Woodbury is a district that cares deeply about the surrounding community, with a primary focus on students. M-W offers a rigorous curriculum, wide range of extracurricular activities ranging from music to athletics, and a dedicated staff who provides students a stimulating, engaging educational experience with a global view. M-W students are encouraged to do their best and, in turn, make a difference in our world.

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Kindergarten students are encouraged to express themselves through music and art and develop basic concepts to prepare them for later learning. Full-day kindergarten and grade 1 programs are housed exclusively in two buildings: Sapphire Elementary and Smith Clove Elementary.

In Grades 2-5, students move to one of three elementary buildings: Central Valley, North Main and Pine Tree. Major emphasis is placed on basic academic skills, with enrichment opportunities in reading, writing, speaking, listening and mathematics  A hands-on approach is stressed, particularly in mathematics, social studies and science.

Throughout their elementary years, students participate in “specials” on a daily basis with offerings in music, art, physical and health education and library skills. All elementary students experience learning with iPads in the early levels and Chromebooks in the upper levels. Instrumental music, band, orchestra, chorus and other enrichment activities are offered as electives.

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M-W Middle School serves grades 6-8 and is organized as a “House Plan” that continues throughout secondary education. The student body is divided into four houses and is assigned a team of academic teachers, facilitating better understanding of individual students’ needs as well as coordination of instructional programs. These academic teachers present core instruction in English, mathematics, social studies and science. Students leave their “house” for fine arts, family and consumer sciences, technology, physical and health education, languages, computer and library skills, as well as study and remedial support and special services.

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The high school continues the “House Plan” for core subjects, with the goal of developing a closer community of administrators, teachers and students to encourage a sense of belonging and involvement. A wide range of courses from core curricula to electives provides our students with opportunities to prepare for college and career opportunities after high school. Advanced Placement courses, as well as access to college credit courses through SUNY Orange and SUNY Albany, are offered in a variety of disciplines. Many clubs and activities provide opportunities to explore specific interests, while outstanding musical and artistic programs and athletic teams are part of our tradition of excellence at Monroe-Woodbury.

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Monroe-Woodbury is committed to preparing its students at all grade levels for a future rich in technological tools and devices. Students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 have regular exposure to the computer labs in each building. Beginning in Kindergarten, the use of iPads is part of every classroom. In upper elementary grades, the transition to Chromebooks begins and continues through Grade 12. Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom are expanding and represent a major portion of the district’s Five-Year Plan for technology. In addition, the use of 3-D printers and robotics provides our students with innovative ways to take their classwork to a new level. For more information: Instructional Technology

The New York Smart Schools Bond Act has made funding available to the district for the improvement of the technology infrastructure to support increased wireless connectivity. To date, the M-W proposal has reached the final approval stage and work is expected to begin during 2016. For more information:  Monroe-Woodbury Smart Schools Investment Plan and Smart Schools Bond Act