Academics

The Schalmont Central School District is dedicated to preparing students for success in college, the workplace and in life.

Schalmont is proud to offer students in kindergarten through 12th grade with a strong academic program in core subjects, as well as accelerated courses, distance learning and a variety of electives, such as Project Lead the Way, art and music.

While academics are at the heart of education, Schalmont students also have access to a variety of extracurricular opportunities throughout their years in grade school. Schalmont produces numerous Section II Class B championship athletic teams, award-winning musicians, accomplished artists, and civic-minded youth who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life in our community and beyond.

The Importance of School Attendance

Daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Students are faced today with unprecedented changes within the field of public education so it’s essential they are present to receive the instruction they need to meet or exceed those standards. If a student is going to be absent or tardy, parents are expected to contact the child’s school directly the morning of the absence.

Curriculum

The Schalmont curriculum is designed to prepare students for all state assessments, including Regents exams.  In order to demonstrate student growth, it is necessary to pre-assess students to establish a baseline. These assessments are not counted as part of the student’s grade but are used to help teachers determine what students currently understand in relation to what they are expected to know at the end of a course. All families have the right to request Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child’s teachers and principals.

Extracurriculars, Electives and Other Advanced Programs

Schalmont students are encouraged to strive for excellence through extracurriculars, electives and other advanced academic programs and activities. These opportunities begin in elementary school and span through high school, where students have options to take courses for college credit. Seniors routinely leave Schalmont with opportunities to finish their higher education early, select a second major or change majors without delaying college graduation. Beginning in their junior year, students can attend skilled training for various professions provided by Capital Region BOCES.

Schalmont Curriculum Committee Aids Process

Schalmont’s K-12 Curriculum Committee helps align curriculum to state standards. The committee includes teacher and administrators from the elementary, middle and high schools. This group develops a database of formal curriculum and reviews the experiences that help develop Schalmont students into young adults.

Parents who have questions or concerns about school curriculum should speak with their children’s teachers or principals.

Schalmont school programs and activities offer every child the opportunity to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially for a successful future. District staff have been and will continue to be committed to helping prepare children to meet the challenges that await them.