District Announcements

  • A letter from the Superintendent has been sent to all District families and staff regarding this morning's fallen tree incident

    Please see the attached 5/18/17 letter for more details.

  • There will be a Community Forum to present and discuss the District's NEW Technology Vision

    This meeting is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm in the BOE Room, located in the Central Administration Building at 13A Dickinson Ave.

    Come find out more and participate in a discussion about a 5 year plan aimed at ensuring all students are future-ready with technology education, experience and opportunity.

    Flyer attached.

  • The 2017-18 School Calendar has been REVISED, as approved at the May 2, 2017 BOE Meeting

    The revisions include a one-day earlier  Start Date to school on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017; and different dates for Spring Recess beginning Friday, March 30 thru Friday, April 6, 2018.

    The revised version has been attached, below, and emailed to staff and families District-wide via Peachjar and Parent Portal accounts.  

    Thank you for your attention to this change.

  • The annual budget newsletter for the proposed 2017-18 District Budget has been posted, here...

    "Straight Talk"  , the Spring 2017 edition, provides the community with  budget Fast Facts; "With Pride" section for District achievements; the Budget Notice (required by NYS law) and Budget Q&A.   The newsletter is attached, below, and will be mailed District-wide to community members May 9.  The Budget/Trustee Vote is Tuesday, May 16.

  • An important letter to parents and guardians regarding the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has been sent by the Superintendent...

    The letter, dated April 24th, 2017, is accompanied by a document from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) that contains information for parents and guardians to read and take into consideration. Our District recognizes that schools have "an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students' lives is vital to this responsibility."   Feel free to contact Dr. Montesano's office should you need more information or support.

    Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. The Dr. Montesano's letter and the NASP document are attached, below.

  • The 2017-18 Proposed Budget was presented at the April 18th BOE meeting and is available to the public.

    Please see the attached presentation made by Dr. Montesano to the Board of Education. 

    Our annual Budget Newsletter, Straight Talk, will be mailed out to all District residents on Friday, May 5th.  It will include a message from our Superintendent and BOE President, Karen Hughes, along with Points of Pride, the Budget Notice, a listing of the BOE Trustee candidates on the ballot, and a Q&A section.

    The Budget/Trustee Vote is on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.  Please remember to vote.

  • The attached letter from Dr. Montesano was sent to District families and all staff on 3/24/17 RE: undocumented & immigrant students rights.

    This letter also contains a link to a statement from the New York State Attorney General Schneiderman and Education Commissioner Elia advising schools on protecting immigrant students, "In Light of Recent Federal Immigration-Related Actions, Guidance Reminds Districts of Their Duty to Uphold the Rights of Immigrant Students and Safeguard Student Data".

    Nyack Public Schools is steadfast in its commitment to protecting the rights of all students. 

    The letter is attached in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  Thank you for your attention to this.

  • Please see the 2/27/17 letter from Dr. Montesano RE: Transgender Student Rights which was sent District-wide to families and staff

    The statement contains a link to the 2/23/17 Press Release from Attorney General Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner Elia issuing a reminder that New York State protects transgender students.  A second link contains a July 2015 "Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender and Nonconforming Students", issued by the NY State Education Department (NYSED).  A third link contains results  of a statewide school district survey designed to help determine whether public schools are meeting their obligations under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

    Nyack Public Schools will continue to fully support the July 2015 guidance document issued by NYSED.

    A quote from Dr. Montesano's letter was featured in The Journal News 3-21-17 article, "Safe & Secure".

  • The BOE approved the 2017-18 School Calendar at the Feb. 7th, 2017 meeting. The PDF is attached, below, for your convenience.

  • Kindergarten Registration is now OPEN. Children who turn 5 years of age by December 1, 2017 are eligible to register.

    To find out how to register your incoming Kindergartner, please go to our District homepage at www.nyackschools.org; click on "Parent Resources" at the top of the page in the Navigation Bar; scroll down and click on "Registration".  Follow the directions for online registration.  Once you have registered online OR if you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the District's Registrar's Office at 353 - 7038 to make an appointment.  Thank you.

  • Registration is ongoing for 2016-17 School Year

    Please click on the REGISTRATION Quick Link located on this homepage to begin the process and access online registration through Infinite Campus.

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  • REMINDER Regarding the District's NEW Media Release Opt-Out Form and Protocol

    Parents and Guardians: the District has a NEW Media Release/Opt Out protocol that will go into effect this month, October, 2016.  All parents/guardians should have received the attached letter in their summer mailing  that  included  a September 26th deadline for any "Opt Outs".   Parents/guardians who do not wish their child's photograph to be featured on our new websites must have checked the appropriate boxes on this form and have sent it back to their child's school.  Please call the District's Office of Public Relations at (845) 353-7013 with any questions regarding this new protocol.  The Media Opt Out Form is one that can be filled out at any time but must be kept at the school building level for easy access by staff and to ensure that the protocol  is effectively followed. The District looks forward to celebrating daily accomplishments and sharing them via posts to our new District sites.



During the middle years, students begin to develop the "Four C's" of 21st century competencies - Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration - competencies that are critical to success in an increasingly interdependent world.  The English curriculum provides a scope and sequence that allows students to develop these competencies within each unit of instruction. The curriculum is common across each grade level and is aligned to the four strands of the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy: Reading, Writing, Language Use, and Speaking and Listening.  Students incorporate the use of various forms of technology in a learner-active, technology-infused classroom structure.  In this environment, students are provided with a great deal of choice in how they approach their learning, while teachers differentiate instruction in order to meet each student's learning needs and goals.  Students acquire and apply close-reading strategies as they develop a foundation of analytical skills required for success on the secondary level.  Each unit culminates in a project-based assessment that features the written modes of narration, exposition, or argument.  The New York State 3-8 ELA Exam is administered in April of each year.  Specific information pertaining to each English course can be found in the Nyack Middle School Program of Studies guide.


The curricula in grades 9 and 10 provide students with opportunities to develop not only critical literacy skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards, but also proficiency in the "Four C's" of 21st century competencies: Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration. Students in grade 9 will take either English 9R or English 9H; students in grade 10 will take either English 10R and 10H. The curriculum is uniform across the grade levels and aligned to the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy for Grades 9-10, regardless of the course level. Differences in the degree of instructional scaffolding, pacing, and workload are what primarily distinguish an H-Level course from an R-Level course, but the thematic content and the CC literacy standards remain the same for all students.  

GRADE 9: English-9 courses (both R and H levels) focus on the themes of identity formation and coming of age.  Texts include, but are not limited to, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, Speak, Candide, and The Catcher in the Rye.  Student-produced writing assignments fall into three categories: narration, exposition, and argument. Students also prepare an annotated bibliography as part of their investigation into an authentic research question, which culminates in the production of a formal research paper.

GRADE 10: English-10 courses (both R and H levels) focus on the theme of the individual within the society.  Texts include, but are not limited to, Into the Wild, Night, Lord of the Flies, Othello, Anthem, The Color of Water, and Persepolis. Students build upon the foundation of ninth grade, further developing their writing and language use skills in narrative, expository, and argumentative modes of expression, with greater independence and sophistication.  

There are no prerequisites for any English courses offered at Nyack High School.  However, we encourage students to have discussions with their parents, counselors, and English teachers, to consider their prior academic performance in English classes, and to assess the degree to which they actually enjoy the study of English Language Arts, prior to enrolling in advanced-level English classes.

There is no standardized New York State ELA exam in grades 9 or 10.  Students will take the New York State Common Core English Regents Exam at the end of grade 11.





  • ENGLISH 11R or ENGLISH 11H - English 11R and 11H are full-year courses that differ only in the degree of instructional scaffolding, pacing of the courses, and the workload.  Both courses explore "The American Experience" as its central theme, and students must demonstrate proficiency in the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy for grade 11 by the end of the year, which is assessed on the NYS Common Core English Regents exam.  
  • AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION - This is an advanced College Board® English course that is the equivalent of a college-level rhetoric and composition course.  Although Nyack High School has an open-enrollment policy, students should consider their prior performance in English - particularly on written assignments - the degree to which they actually enjoy the study of language, and their readiness to assume the level of commitment required to handle the pace and workload of the course.  For more information, visit the AP English Language & Composition Course Description.
  • AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION - Just as the AP Language course is the equivalent of a college-level rhetoric course, the AP English Literature & Composition course is the equivalent of a college-level literature course.  When deciding whether or not to enroll in the course, students should carefully consider their prior performance in English, the degree to which they love and enjoy the study of literature and poetry, and their readiness to commit to the workload and pace of the course. For more information, visit the AP English Literature and Composition Course Description.
  • SAT PREP AND COLLEGE READINESS - The SAT prep course is an elective that a student would take in addition to, not in lieu of, a full-year English course.  This is a one-semester course in which students meet with an English teacher and a Math teacher on alternating days.  It is a "Pass/Fail" course that counts for 1/4 English credit and 1/4 Math credit, and is designed specifically for students who wish to improve their SAT scores and, to some extent, their ACT scores.  The course has been revised to prepare students for the redesigned SAT which launched in March, 2016.


In senior year, students choose from a variety of course electives to accommodate their interests and goals.  Students may opt to take one full-year elective OR two half-year (semester) electives.

Full-Year Senior Electives: Either the AP English Language & Composition Course or the AP English Literature & Composition Course.

One-Semester Senior Electives - Students must choose two electives if they do not take one of the AP courses.  For a complete listing of senior electives and course descriptions, please see pages 27-30 in the Nyack High School Program of Studies guide.