Award Year: 2022

Horace Greeley High School

70 Roaring Brook Road
Chappaqua, NY, 10514-1710

(914) 238-7201

Mr. Andrew Corsilia, Principal at time of Nomination

Dr. Sandra Sepe, Current Principal

Chappaqua Central School District

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To create a community for learning, where students, parents and staff are joined in the pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth in a caring environment. We seek to develop each student's full potential through a challenging curriculum, a diversified faculty, and a commitment to intellectual freedom. We will teach basic skills, foster creative and critical thinking, and provide a foundation for life-long learning. We will nourish our students' emotional lives and guide their social development, instilling in them an appreciation of self-worth, of individual difference, and of global interdependence. We will help them learn how to manage freedom and to act ethically so that each may become a responsible, contributing member of society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 72%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Students working interdependently in one of HGHS's collaborative learning spaces

Students working interdependently in one of HGHS's collaborative learning spaces

Horace Greeley High School believes in developing student autonomy, independence, and leadership. This begins with our school culture, an open campus, and freedom of choice during unassigned time. When not in class, our students make use of our outdoor courtyards, glass-walled conference rooms, academic commons, open gym facilities, and library to pursue their studies individually, with groups of students, and with teachers. Students are active members in hiring processes, planning teams, and innovation committees.

Our rich course offerings are grounded in a philosophy of open enrollment and are driven by student choice. Courses with high levels of enrollment expand to meet student demand. Students at Horace Greeley High School will simultaneously take multiple courses in the same subject, often in science, social studies, or world language. Within our classes, students are engaged with project-based learning, choice of texts, independent studies, and post AP exam projects. Students involved in science research learn how to select an area of focus, conduct unique and authentic research, and add to the always evolving body of scientific knowledge.

Our wide range of extracurricular clubs and student organizations provide opportunities for community involvement and leadership. Almost all of our over 80 student organizations were envisioned, proposed, and founded by students through our Office of Student Life. Students have created clubs dedicated to performance, identity, academics, hobbies, publication, athletics, and service.

We believe that this level of empowerment develops students' sense of agency and sets the context for becoming independent learners, change agents, and leaders.