Award Year: 2013

Harrison Avenue Elementary School

480 Harrison Avenue
Harrison, NY, 10528-2118

(914) 630-3192

Valerie Hymes, Principal at time of Nomination

Harrison CSD

School Website


The Harrison Central School District is committed to a mission of equity, access, rigor and adaptability for all students, informing every aspect of our work.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 14%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Harrison Avenue School is a special place to learn and thrive. The core curriculum reflects both rigor in its content and differentiation in its approach to instruction. The workshop model is used across content areas, including literacy instruction, math, science and social studies. This approach allows for inherent differentiation, as students benefit from whole-group, small-group and individual instruction according to student need and readiness profile.

Harrison Avenue School’s approach to curriculum and instruction continues to focus on strategic and sustained improvement in support of the District’s commitment to equity, access, adaptability, and rigor. In every subject area, teachers integrate rigorous curriculum with a differentiated approach that supports student inquiry and engagement. Teachers have become skillful at using assessment data not only to measure student achievement, but also to gauge student progress over time, which informs the instructional decisions they make in the classroom. Perhaps even more importantly, teachers have embraced a commitment to every student’s right to learn and have become staunch advocates of the District’s mission to serve all students. From the mainstream inclusion of students with disabilities, to the participation of second language learners side by side with their English-speaking peers, the Harrison Avenue School’s commitment to all students is reflected in the heterogeneous learning environments that privilege inclusion and participation.

The Harrison Central School District understands that our success with students is largely dependent on our ability to include parents and families in this important work. It is through this partnership that we not only enlist their support of the school and its mission, but also engage them as partners who play a vital role in the education of their children.