Award Year: 2020

Heathcote Elementary School

26 Palmer Avenue
Scarsdale, NY, 10583-7129

(914) 721-2760

Mrs. Maria R. Stile, Principal at time of Nomination

Scarsdale Union Free School District

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At Heathcote School, we strive to cultivate a vibrant, collaborative learning community that meets the needs of all students and promotes the development of the whole child. Our mission is to foster a rich academic experience where students learn to think critically and creatively, communicate ideas, and see themselves as lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 6%
5th-grade students create upgrades for the STEAM rocketry challenge.

5th-grade students create upgrades for the STEAM rocketry challenge.

Heathcote School was a model of the modern campus-style that was coming into vogue when McCall's magazine gave it national coverage in 1955. It was built as a translation of educational theory into architecture, based on a humanist approach. Constructed on a rolling hilltop of twenty-two acres, Heathcote dramatizes an indoor/outdoor relationship. Heathcote's unique features begin with a one-level structure that provides grade-specific classroom clusters with a little-schoolhouse atmosphere.

Programs such as Peer Mediation, STEAM-Maker Space, Circle of Friends, and Citizens of the Week, foster our students' abilities to independently, think, question, and reflect. Heathcote strives to create a nurturing and safe learning environment where all students are free to take risks. We endeavor to promote an understanding and respect for diversity.

Heathcote has a very active parent body that supports such programs as Learning to Look, Artist in Residency, School Play, and After-School Programs. Our students make use of the natural beauty and opportunity offered by our grounds to enrich their academic pursuits. Grades K-5 participates in our gardening program, which enriches our math, science, and social studies curriculum with hands-on garden to table experiences. Love of learning inspires Heathcote's ultimate goal of creating a community of lifelong learners, who are independent, critical thinkers with a social conscience.