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Friday, February 24, 2017
The Lakeland Central School District is the largest suburban
school district in Westchester County, encompassing six different towns and
part of neighboring Putnam County. The district is comprised of five elementary
schools serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, one middle school
for the sixth through eighth graders, and two high schools. The student population is approximately 6,100
In Lakeland’s five elementary schools (Benjamin Franklin,
George Washington, Lincoln-Titus, Thomas Jefferson and Van Cortlandtville),
small classes give students a solid start to lifelong learning beginning with a
full-day kindergarten program. The schools provide a standards-based core
curriculum at every grade level, grounded in solid pedagogy, and differentiated
for a diverse student body.
The Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School utilizes a team
approach to teaching, a model widely adopted and well-suited to learners of
this age group. A comprehensive
curriculum that includes the core subjects (English language arts, math,
science and social studies) is supplemented by classes in art, music,
technology, consumer studies, computer technology and foreign language. The
middle school has been designated a national “School to Watch” for its
outstanding educational program. Students participate in a wide range of
after-school clubs and activities including Drama Club, Science Club, Midnight
Run, Destination Imagination, and the National Junior Honor Society.
The district's high schools (Lakeland High School and Walter
Panas High School) provide quality education for students in grades nine
through twelve. In addition to a full range
of academic courses, the high schools offer twenty Advanced Placement courses,
a robust music and art program, forensic science, robotics, college-level
courses in English and business, a career experience program for high school
seniors and the opportunity to participate in an online learning environment. The
district’s high schools are well represented with active theater arts programs.
Students can take advantage of a science research program and work with
nationally and internationally renowned experts.
To prepare learners for college
and career readiness, the Lakeland Central School District embraces technology
as a means to achieve academic success and acquire the 21st century
skills necessary in today’s global economy.
Every classroom is equipped with computers and SMART Boards
and there is high speed fiber optic and wireless Internet access in all
buildings. Laptops, tablet devices and videoconferencing capability are used
daily in all schools.
Students participate in numerous after-school activities and
clubs including Future Business Leaders of America, a nationally recognized
debate team, student government, musical theater, chorus, orchestra, jazz band,
and community service and leadership organizations. Student musicians have been
recognized in both area and state wide competitions. District students take an
active role in their local communities participating in activities ranging from
blood and food drives to raising money for local animal shelters and disaster
than 80 interscholastic sport programs are offered for girls and boys in grades
7-12. The interscholastic athletic teams
excel both on the field and in the classroom earning statewide recognition as
Scholar Athletes. The district's teams have also won state, league and
District Mission Statement The Lakeland Central School District accepts the challenge of preparing students for a rapidly changing world, and provides the opportunity for all students to learn and succeed. We encourage, promote, and develop life-long learning and educational excellence in a safe, secure, student-centered environment. Our practices and policies are shaped by mutual respect, open and honest communication, ethical behavior, and personal responsibility.
Graduation Goals The Board of Education adopted Graduation Goals for Lakeland’s students. According to these goals, a Lakeland graduate should be: