Meet Principal Patricia Taylor
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Mrs. Patricia Taylor
Welcome to Rye High School
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Patricia B. Taylor, Principal of the High School. During the 2019-2020 school year I will be entering my ninth year as Principal. My enthusiasm and excitement, along with the collective energy found at the High School, supports the many accomplishments of the faculty, staff and students. We are grateful for the continued involvement and support from parents and the community.
Rye High School is a comprehensive, public school serving the Rye community. Currently, there are approximately 1,036 students enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year. Rye takes great pride in the variety of course offerings made available to students depending on their individual interests and needs.
One of the hallmarks of the High School is the extraordinary student-faculty relationships. Seniors are often surveyed during their first year out of high school. As students reflect on their time in Rye, they consistently rank their relationships with their teachers among their most valued high school experiences. The unique Writing Mentor program is one example of our efforts at promoting a close student/faculty relationship. Students and faculty members meet regularly to discuss and prepare for major writing projects across all disciplines. The Writing Mentor program is available to all students in grades 9-10, but many students continue to work with their mentors through their senior year.
Once students have entered into college and reflect back on their high school education, they report how well they have been prepared for their future. Ninety-eight percent of our students go off to some form of post-secondary education. Rye High School encourages students to accept academic challenges. To that end, students actively participate in the Advanced Placement program. During the 2019 school year, 547 students sat for 1,181 AP exams. We are proud that 81% of our students earned a three or better on the Advanced Placement exams, well above the national standard as reported by College Board. Rye High School is especially proud to be listed by both The Washington Post and Newsweek Magazine as one of the top high schools in the country.
Our students are equally as busy outside of the classroom. Numerous extracurricular activities are offered each year with the tradition of encouraging students to design new clubs based on individual interests. Students initiate many service projects to aid the community at large and to assist other students as they prepare for the sixty- hour community service graduation requirement. Each year at graduation we discover students collectively have given back an average of 176 hours or more to various agencies and programs. The Be the Change Committee initiates projects during the school year to support students, faculty and staff with the emphasis on raising awareness that we all belong to a special community.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) instruction has been an exciting focus. Engineering courses through Project Lead the Way have been popular with our students. Fundamentals of Structural Design, Robotics and Engineering, 3D Design and Architecture,
AP Computer Science, and multiple levels of Calculus and Statistics are among the staples of the STEAM offerings.
The Arts programs continues to expand. Students pursue many art, music, and theatre arts electives. Students organize, review, and showcase many different talents within the school-wide Awards Assemblies held each year. Poetry and short story contests, Zephyr, the literary and art magazine, the Garnet and Black newspaper, The Garnet Mine web news publication, and student art shows are prominent activities supporting student interests. The Parsons Street Players sponsor three major performances each year, with the culminating performance being a highly regarded musical. The Rhythm on Rye a capella group perform at many different venues throughout the year.
Rye High School has a long-standing reputation of success in our interscholastic sports programs. Over 75% of our students participate in some form of athletic competition. The majority of our athletic teams have also earned the NYS Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Team School of Distinction recognition.
I am incredibly proud of the students, faculty and staff at Rye High School. We monitor our programs and offerings with the belief that we all strive to provide the most meaningful opportunities in a safe healthy environment for all students.
Patricia B. Taylor