Located on the Queens/Nassau, Long Island border, Elmont's quiet, tree-lined streets offer an appealing, suburban atmosphere. The varied backgrounds and international origins of Elmont residents, who represent over 100 countries and speak more than 70 languages and dialects, give the community its diverse and vibrant character and contribute to the uniqueness of the school system. Parents, community organizations and local elected officials are strong supporters, and participate in nurturing and preparing youngsters for their roles as citizen, neighbor and responsible, caring adult.
The Elmont School District is the largest elementary school district in Nassau County, serving close to 4,000 children from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Focusing on educational quality and equality for all students, including children with special needs, the district's rigorous, comprehensive academic program establishes a firm foundation in core curriculum areas. Initiatives have led to steadily improving student performance throughout the district on State assessment tests.
Elmont's educational approach develops reasoning and decision-making skills, and good citizenship in an environment that is safe and conducive to teaching and learning. Recognizing the need to bridge the span between school and home, the district, through a special assistant position, communicates its goals to the community, coordinates district participation in community events, welcomes newcomers and introduces them to services. The school district places high priority on maintenance of its facilities, with an active capital projects campaign to restore and refurbish its buildings, three of which date back prior to 1930. School grounds offer park-like settings and modern play equipment.
A seven-member Board of Education, comprised of community volunteers serving three-year terms, assumes a leadership role. The Superintendent oversees daily operations with the assistance of directors of Curriculum and Instruction, Business and Facilities and Pupil Personnel Services. Administrators and Board Members are committed to fighting for fair funding from the State and consistently seek grant funding to supplement district spending. Mindful of its fiscal responsibility to taxpayers, the district maintains careful watch over spending and explores improvements to its financial policies and procedures.