The Board of Education and administration recognize the individuality of each child and believe that all children can learn in an educationally sound and supportive environment.
Approximately 1,760 students attend pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in four elementary schools. Elementary school years are important because they lay the foundation for future learning.
The middle schools consist of grades six through eight and utilize the educational model proposed by the New York State Board of Regents for the schooling of early adolescents. Approximately 900 students receive instruction from a team of teachers. Programs in English, social studies, science, math and world language are provided with an emphasis on interdisciplinary instruction. Opportunities to explore an interest in art, music, science research, technology and computer are also available at various grade levels.
The high school, which houses about 1,300 students, offers over 200 courses, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Syracuse University Project Advance and other college level courses. 75% of graduates go on to four-year colleges and 76% of our students receive a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. West Islip High School has been designated as a United States Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School in 2020 and has received the New York State Seal of Biliteracy for five straight years.
Higher Standards for Everyone
The Board of Education
Trustees believe that education is a process that improves the ability to learn, expands interests, and encourages character growth. With this understanding, the Board, in partnership with students, parents and the community, provides children with an academic environment that fosters discovery and knowledge while guiding them to a sense of quality and integrity.
Educational goals are achieved through child-centered learning activities with hands-on experiences. Wide-ranging, high-quality programs are offered to students of every level, helping them realize academic and personal potentials.
The West Islip Community is committed to excellence in education through
the establishment of an academic, vocational and social environment in
which all children can learn and succeed.
Our students will be provided the opportunity to develop their self
esteem and a respect for others while acquiring the knowledge, skills
and attitudes to become responsible citizens in a rapidly changing
Our goal is to have students think in global terms and develop cultural
sensitivity and an international orientation. We seek to instill in our
students the ability to share their commonalities, celebrate their
differences, and appreciate that learning is a lifelong process.