Quality of music education is excellent. The music director and music teachers are the best. Columbia writing program was poorly implemented at the lower school. It appears they sacrificed grammar for writing. Science program is good. Student should be well prepared. School could do better job of communicating about science fair, academic contests & math camps. Appears that same students are hand-selected to participate in these events. The administrators seemed more concerned about following policies and pleasing the school board. Although every child can participate in most sports, only a few select sports (i.e. track) get any press. Forget about swimming and other sports unless the team/child can win a state championship. A small district, but a lot of underlying small town politics that goes on behind the scene.
The academic programs are fantastic for AP and Special Ed, and anything in between. We chose this school because we were looking for a very small district where our children could go from Kindergarten through 12th grade and be friends with all the same people. We were very concentrated on making sure that the transition from elementary to middle school would not be traumatic because the district has only one elementary, middle and high school it certainly helped. Because the student population is so low, it enables every student to participate in any activity or sport he or she wants. To us, it was all about building and enchancing the self esteem not about winning the Intel award.
Port Jefferson is a very academically involved school with a strong focus on educating students. The setting is intimate and students get personalized attention. However, the downfall is that the school is very small and everyone knows each other. There are cliques and a small choice of friends are available. This school is great for shy children who are sheltered from bigger schools. Parents are somewhat involved. I would like to see more involvement however. Music is successful, but just like any small school, more students are needed. Sports is popular. Most children take part in at least one sports activity during the year. The track is beautiful and the grounds are kept immaculately. Clubs, such as yearbook or Amnesty International have some members, however the same students take part in all the clubs available. Overall, Port Jefferson is a nice school, but it is too small.
They have very good academic programs with a menu of AP classes, given that the district has approximately 1100 students. Special education staff at the high school is very caring. They have a new principal that is new to the school but not to the district. Like any other small school, course scheduling could be problematic. There is full inclusion for any special education student along with resource room and direct consultant services; however, since the district's administration does not presently have a hands on philosophy I would suggest that parents oversee their child's programs. This includes the importance of heavy parental involvement in the planning of any child's post secondary eduction or career choices.