The Lakeland Central School District is the largest suburban school district in Westchester County, encompassing six different towns and part of neighboring Putnam County. The district is comprised of five elementary schools serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, one middle school for the sixth through eighth graders, and two high schools. The student population is approximately 6,000 students.
In Lakeland’s five elementary schools (Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Lincoln-Titus, Thomas Jefferson and Van Cortlandtville), small classes give students a solid start to lifelong learning beginning with a full-day kindergarten program. The schools provide a standards-based core curriculum at every grade level, grounded in solid pedagogy, and differentiated for a diverse student body.
The Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School utilizes a team approach to teaching, a model widely adopted and well-suited to learners of this age group. A comprehensive curriculum that includes the core subjects (English language arts, math, science and social studies) is supplemented by classes in art, music, technology, consumer studies, computer technology and foreign language. The middle school has been designated a national “School to Watch” for its outstanding educational program. Students participate in a wide range of after-school clubs and activities including Drama Club, Science Club, Midnight Run, Destination Imagination, and the National Junior Honor Society.
The district's high schools (Lakeland High School and Walter Panas High School) provide quality education for students in grades nine through twelve. In addition to a full range of academic courses, the high schools offer twenty Advanced Placement courses, a robust music and art program, forensic science, robotics, college-level courses in English and business, a career experience program for high school seniors and the opportunity to participate in an online learning environment. The district’s high schools are well represented with active theater arts programs. Students can take advantage of a science research program and work with nationally and internationally renowned experts.
To prepare learners for college and career readiness, the Lakeland Central School District embraces technology as a means to achieve academic success and acquire the 21st century skills necessary in today’s global economy. Every classroom is equipped with computers and SMART Boards and there is high speed fiber optic and wireless Internet access in all buildings. Laptops, tablet devices and videoconferencing capability are used daily in all schools.
Students participate in numerous after-school activities and clubs including Future Business Leaders of America, a nationally recognized debate team, student government, musical theater, chorus, orchestra, jazz band, and community service and leadership organizations. Student musicians have been recognized in both area and state wide competitions. District students take an active role in their local communities participating in activities ranging from blood and food drives to raising money for local animal shelters and disaster relief.
More than 80 interscholastic sport programs are offered for girls and boys in grades 7-12. The interscholastic athletic teams excel both on the field and in the classroom earning statewide recognition as Scholar Athletes. The district's teams have also won state, league and sectional championships.
The Lakeland Central School District accepts the challenge of preparing students for a rapidly changing world. We provide the opportunity for all students to learn and succeed by promoting critical thinking and high academic standards in a safe and secure environment. Our practices and policies are shaped by: respect, kindness, responsibility, accountability and honest and ethical behavior.
The Lakeland Central School District believes that all members of the school community should:
- Treat each other with respect and kindness.
- Assume responsibility and accept accountability for their actions.
- Engage in and promote critical thinking to achieve high academic standards.
- Demonstrate honest and ethical behavior.
The Lakeland Central School District will work collaboratively with all members of the community to promote cooperation, collegiality, and a love of learning so all can achieve to their fullest potential. We will focus on the whole person academically, socially, and emotionally. We also work to ensure safety and security and inspire all to communicate honestly to achieve our goals.
The Board of Education adopted Graduation Goals for Lakeland’s students. According to these goals, a Lakeland graduate should be:
- A Self-Directed, Lifelong Learner
- Complex and Creative Thinker and Problem Solver
- Responsible Citizen
- Effective Communicator
- Collaborative Worker