Award Year: 2019

African Road Elementary School

600 South Benita Boulevard
Vestal, NY, 13850-2698

(607) 757-2311

Mrs. Meghan B. Stenta, Principal at time of Nomination

Vestal Central School District

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Our mission is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where all students respect themselves, understand the diversity of others, and develop a love of learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 61%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 25%
  • Two or more races: 4%
African Road Elementary celebrates National Walk to School Day

African Road Elementary celebrates National Walk to School Day

African Road Elementary (ARE) School is one of five elementary schools in the Vestal (NY) Central School District. ARE serves a culturally diverse population of approximately 290 students with more than thirteen languages spoken and specialized programs for students with disabilities. ARE's motto, "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow," reflects our core value that education must be purposeful and directed towards improving the world through improving one's self.

A significant milestone in the success of ARE is the coordination of instruction and curriculum to create a coherent, vertically-aligned academic program. African Road Elementary uses an integrated reading and writing workshop model that is responsive to our students' rich cultural, linguistic, and cognitive diversity. The ARE math curriculum is a vertically-aligned progression of skills and concepts, which incorporates the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to support English Language Learners and students with special needs. African Road Elementary utilizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile as the framework for character education. In addition, ARE's own "Three Bees" provide concrete, consistent messaging: "Be your best self," "Be kind and respectful," "Be in control."
What makes African Road Elementary great is our acceptance of each individual. African Road has a long history of inclusive practices to foster a school-wide culture of belonging and acceptance that allows every student to learn at their greatest potential.