Haldane High School (Cold Spring, NY). One of the most targeted approaches to student success at Haldane High School is the implementation of Math Labs. Designed to strengthen math instruction, Math Labs offer students the opportunity to build an extra half period of math into their schedules for more concentrated math learning. Additionally, a critical component of Haldane’s commitment to help each student achieve their personal best is HEART (Haldane Encourages Achievement, Research and Teamwork), an after-school extra help program open to students in all academic subjects. Because seeking extra help is routinely encouraged by the faculty, beginning in middle school, there is no stigma attached to HEART. Participants range from struggling students to the highest achievers in AP classes. Haldane credits HEART and Math Labs with boosting enrollment in upper level math and science courses by students who might not have felt confident enough to tackle more difficult courses without these supports.
Haldane High School (Cold Spring, NY). Haldane offers seniors the option for structured internships with local organizations and businesses. Meeting criteria set by the administration, these internships enable students to gain hands-on experience in the professional world and instills a strong work ethic and responsibility. A related program for freshmen is Pathways to Success, a weekly lecture series in which professionals from the community discuss their careers with students. Volunteer speakers include filmmakers, musicians, attorneys, corporate executives, and professionals in education, public service, and non-profits. This program helps students appreciate that no two paths to success are the same, while helping them envision their own unique path.