Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Please see our online K-12 curriculum maps for a detailed view of content, skills, and NYS standards that are covered across the district.
The elementary literacy curriculum maps are based on the Reading, Writing, and Phonics Units of Study. The elementary math curriculum maps reflect the Math in Focus curriculum, which is a Singapore Math program. We also utilize the Science 21 program and the Social Studies/ELA curriculum from Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES at the elementary level.
Our middle school and high school coursework is designed to offer students a rigorous and differentiated learning experience. The courses aim to foster critical thinking skills, collaboration, and creative problem solving through the use of innovative teaching practices
pathways & Programs
We offer several pathways and programs for students at the high school level that either allow students to study a topic in depth throughout their high school career or allow students a unique learning experience:
AP Capstone (Fall 2024)
A series of two AP courses (AP Seminar and AP Research) for 10th-12th grade students that are based on utilizing research practices to study a topic in depth.
A graduation pathway option in which students demonstrate growth over time through a collection of creative works.
Engineering and Computer Science
Building upon our middle school engineering courses in grades 6-8, the high school engineering and computer science courses expand and deepen knowledge for students with this special interest.
Rye High School is a Candidate School for the Diploma Programme (DP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Rye High School believes is important for our students.
Seal of Biliteracy
A New York State designation that recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages.
Seal of Civic Readiness
A New York State designation that demonstrates a student’s understanding of government and civic responsibility accomplished by completing a Civic Capstone Project.
The Academy at Rye High School
An interdisciplinary approach to learning that is rooted in project-based learning for 11th and 12th grade students focused on inquiry and collaboration.
ACTIVE LEARNING &
We work to create active learning environments where students are engaged and connected to their learning. This is supported by the creation of innovative spaces that include interactive Promethean boards, and multi-use areas
for either small or whole group instruction. The spaces reflect the varied learners within the classroom and can be adjusted to support instructional goals as they shift.
COMPREHENSIVE LITERACY PROGRAM
Our comprehensive literacy program teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension to students in kindergarten through Grade 5. The program entails multiple components and resources to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students throughout their elementary years. The graphic below illustrates which components are used, in which grade levels, and the skills that they target.
NWEA UNIVERSAL SCREENER
Students in Grades K-8 are assessed with the NWEA Maps Growth assessment in reading and mathematics. The NWEA is an adaptive universal screener which provides information on what students are ready to learn next. This assessment is given two times per year in kindergarten and three times per year in Grades 1-8. Parents can access the NWEA reports in our parent portal following each administration of the assessment.
An overview of how to interpret the reports can be found here.
LITERACY ASSESSMENTS K-5
We utilize various literacy assessments in Grades K-5 to ensure that our students are meeting appropriate benchmarks.
These assessments include the following:
Heggerty Phonological Awareness Assessment
Letter ID/Sound ID
Decodable running record
High Frequency Words
Developmental Spelling Assessment
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PLAN
Designed by a committee of teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches, our Professional Learning Plan supports the following goals for the 2023-2024 school year:
- To provide learning opportunities on best instructional practices that will further students’ ability to think critically, collaborate, solve problems creatively, and thrive in a global environment as socially responsible citizens.
- To provide learning opportunities for faculty to enhance skills to support social, emotional and wellness of all students.
- To increase teachers’ capacity to utilize data to inform instruction through a multi-tiered system of support.
Our team of instructional coaches works with teachers across the district on implementing curriculum and innovative teaching practices. They coach teachers in their classrooms, model lessons, provide resources, help with lesson planning, and provide after school workshops and in-service courses.
LITERACY PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
We partner with the Haskins Global Literacy Hub to provide our teachers with current research-based practices for effective reading instruction, specifically focused on phonics and phonological awareness.
We also partner with the Advancing Literacy Initiative at Columbia University Teachers College to provide our teachers with professional learning that is tailored to meet their needs.
Contacts & Emails
Dr. Patricia Murray
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
914-967-6100 Ext 1120
Literacy Coach Grades 3-5
914-967-6100 Ext 1123
Secondary Instructional Coach
914-967-6100 Ext 1125
Literacy Coach K-4
914-967-61900 Ext 1124
Math Coach K-5/Testing Coordinator
914-967-6100 Ext 1122
Senior Office Assistant
914-967-6100 Ext 1121