This post is in response to the "parent" who stated that there is no chemistry offered in the high school. There must be some very astute teenagers in that high school, 86% of whom are able to pass the regents exam for chemistry in 2013, without having chemistry being taught to them. I want my child to be that proactive and intelligent!
Mount Sinai is a great school as long as your child does not require special education. The children who really need the help do not receive it. Mount Sinai only offers the basics and pushes the children through the system. The school district has a great reputation for high grades but that is because the district includes gym, music and art to their GPAs. In elementary school the children are not taught critical thinking skills, they were not prepared for common core at all and the low scores district wide proved it. The district states they are "working on it" when questioned about common core and how they are going to improve the scores. They now want the children to learn critical thinking skills over night. The majority of graduates go to private schools because their children can not get into SUNY schools because they do not have chemistry in high school. They cannot get into chem. because they do not have critical thinking skills. The teachers are good and want to help but also need to listen to the district leadership to keep their positions.
To all you that actually complain about Mt Sinai, try those other schools like Middle Country or Wyndanch and see what it is like-Mt Sinai is an exception school with exceptional caring teachers!! It is also a very safe school for your child with before and after school programs. So before you bash the school's teachings, investigate how well this school actually is-BLUE RIBBON!
There is great community spirit and support. The teachers love the children and the parents involvement is welcomed. The principal truly is 'gentle to the core' and guides the students with positive guidelines rather than fear. The elementary school participates in homecoming for the district and the participation is wonderful. The school has been featured in Newsday's Futurecorp numerous times for above and beyond community service,
I agree that kindergarten should be full day but mount sinai is a blue ribbon schoo; districs witch means 1 of the top on long island, although the teachers are tough coming frim rocky point the learning and teacher support is great. i am a freshman in the high school. graduate year is 2012
I love this school district, across the board! Read up on other districts, and this one has great results! I also strongly disagree with the uber parents who feel that full day kindergarten is a must. Our town sent us the breakdown of what children do in full day as opposed to half, and they are only getting FLUFF! for the rest of the full day, as the state of New York mandates that full day kindergartners must have frequent rest and snack times in addition to phys ed, music, lunch and recess. The additional time does not add up to one minute more of classroom learning time than the half day program. My husband works two jobs so that I can be home with my kids during these important years. I am thrilled that my children have been so gently and lovingly introduced to ed. at this school!
My son was enrolled in Mt Sinai through 1st grade. It is not the school for the average or above-average student. The children only had kindergarten for half-day. My son was quite advanced and the school would not provide suitable instruction
my son just finished kindergarten and I was very pleased.I strongly disagree with the parent who says they were doing this stuff in pre-school.I was shocked at what they learn in kindergaten.They also regoninzed my son had a reeding problem,it was adressed early enough he got help and know is reading great.I am very happy with the warmth and kindness when you enter the school.