Award Year: 2021

Briarcliff High School

444 Pleasantville Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY, 10510-1922

(914) 488-8325

Mrs. Debora French, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Diana Blank, Current Principal

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

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Our mission is to provide students with an outstanding education with which they can actualize their aspirations. As citizens of an interdependent global environment, we endeavor to nourish the dignity of individual students and cultivate a passion to make positive contributions for the greater good. Through exposure to a comprehensive course of study, quality teaching, high standards, internships, community service, and a wide array of co-curricular activities, we hope to provide students with the knowledge, means, and opportunity to find personal satisfaction in their lives during their high school years and beyond.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Briarcliff High School Bears Showing School Spirit

Briarcliff High School Bears Showing School Spirit

Briarcliff Manor is a suburban community, located in Westchester County, New York. Families move to Briarcliff Manor due to the longstanding quality of its schools. As a quaint community, proximate to New York City, Briarcliff Manor is seen as an extremely attractive place to raise and educate children.

At the core of Briarcliff High School's academic success is a curriculum that is both rigorous and rich with 146 different course offerings, including 40 elective opportunities. This robust curriculum provides innovative and meaningful course selections to build creativity, confidence, and problem-solving skills for each student. Core content courses are complimented by the visual and performing arts, world languages, computer science, and research. Courses are deliberately designed to engage and inspire students so that they are well-prepared for life in the 21st Century. Nearly 100% of our graduates attend institutions of higher learning. This is a direct result of appropriate program planning, a process that considers each individual student's abilities, needs, and passions.

The Briarcliff School District has made significant investments in digital technologies and has been a fully operational 1:1 district since 2016. Teachers received extensive professional development to adapt their tech-infused classrooms and cultivate innovative lessons. With our vastly digitized world, it is critical for students to become information-literate and collaborative. Teachers facilitate individual and group-based work rather than teaching exclusively through lectures. Teachers have developed strategies to give students more ownership over mastering the content and crafting lessons based on authentic problems which students may encounter in their lives.