The schools integrate all children no matter what learning level, into specials, gym, recess, and lunch. Classes and sometimes an entire grade get together once a week for collaborative learning and events.
They have many anti bullying and honesty programs starting from K-12. They integrate all types of children (ethnicity, learning level, disabled) and promote an environment of cceptance and safety. They also have the school SRO (All Putnam county schools pay to have a police officer in each school all year) speak with the kids and do demonstrations based on their age and understanding.
My son is multi disabled and has an IEP. Brewster has done an exceptional job at adapting to both his complex medical needs and his academic needs. My son is currently unable to function in either a regular 24 student class or an inclusion class (12 normal functioning children, 12 children with IEP or 504 plans) so he is in one of the contained classes that only has 8 students. He is doing very well and our hope is to see him transition into an inclusion class in the future. The teachers are all experienced, highly educated, and accessible to parents. The staff goes out of their way to adapt lessons and events for my wheelchair bound son.
JFK Elementary, the principal, the assistant principal, its teachers, therapists and support staff are all amazing! We were extremely gratified to find such a progressive, supportive and academically driven school. Our child is a classified child and the school psychologist not only caught typos in the report of the very expensive neuro-psychologist we procured, but amazingly realized exactly what our child's true academic needs were and she is now thriving. The communication between the school and home is completely open and easy. The homework is challenging without being onerous. All the children always seem to happy and smiling....as do the teachers -- a real treasure find! Feel no doubt when registering.
In December 2005, we moved from the Bronx to Putnam County with our 4 children. My son attended JFK Elementary from 2005 - 2009 and my daughter currently attends kindergarten. The level of communication between parents and teachers and parents and the administration is unlike anything I ever experienced in the city. My son had an IEP and was just recently declassified as speech and language impaired. I credit the Brewster school system with helping my son to accomplish this. They pushed him forward when they thought he could handle it and held back when they felt that was what he needed. Moving to Putnam County's Brewster School District was one of the best decisions we've ever made.
I am extremely happy with JFK, as are my two children. The teachers and wonderful and I can't say enough about the Principal. My children have learned a tremendous amount and love going to school each day!
My husband and I visited approximately 10-15 private schools prior to enrolling our then six years old son at JFK. We thought it was the most nurturing and progressive of the schools we visited. We do not regret the decision to place Chris in the public school. The principal, and all school personnel, are very receptive to parents' concerns and ideas. My husband and I wanted a challenging setting for Chris but we also wanted a school that dealt with the individual needs of each child. Chris was very shy, active and anxious when he first entered JFK. By participating in the social group, the class oral presentations, voluntary challenge tests and other activities, Chris has become a very social and secure 8 year old. Our 4 year old will enter the school in September. We have yet to regret foregoing the private schools for JFK.