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About ESM

ESM supports the importance of early childhood education with a pre-kindergarten program serving ages 1-4 at Park Hill School and a full-day kindergarten program in each of its four elementary schools. 

From pre-kindergarten through high school graduation, we strive for academic excellence and rigor by engaging student minds. We value 21st century knowledge and skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. These skills are integrated throughout our curriculum and are essential for success in college, career and citizenship.

At ESM, our focus is on inquiry-based and trans-disciplinary learning through real-life problems that will prepare our students to develop the skills and decision-making for their futures. Our schools embrace innovative, inter-disciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities that focus on problem-based learning to foster curiosity, questioning, creativity, and innovation for college, career and citizenship readiness.

ESM is proud to have one of only 11 schools in New York State designated as a comprehensive high school with numerous Career and Technical Education programs, a student-led credit union and many courses for advanced placement and college credit. 

Digital literacy is a priority for our students/staff to deepen and accelerate learning. We also value youth development and leadership opportunities.

We enjoy strong, supportive relationships with business, higher education and community organizations (locally, nationally, globally) that enhance student learning through innovative collaborative teaching, applied problem solving, program design and professional development.

Noteworthy Recognitions: 

2020: For the 11th year in a row, ESM earned a School Safety Excellence Award from Utica National Insurance Group at the Titanium with Honors level, which is the highest award bestowed. The award recognizes ESM’s outstanding efforts to create a safer school environment.

2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 List of “Best Communities for Music Education”

2019: ESM was one of 4 CNY districts listed in the Top 50 safest districts in upstate NY by

2019, 2018: Winter Percussion Ensemble was crowned NY State Champions after earning a Gold Medal in the Percussion Scholastic Open (PSO) class

ESM's high school graduation rates increased significantly to 92% in 2017, which is an 11% improvement from 2016 to 2017. The statewide average remained at 80% during that period.

2017 ESM named to the College Board's 8th Annual AP (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll  (one of only 447 districts in the U.S. and Canada and 26 in New York State).

2017, 2015 ESM Spartan Marching Band earned a New York State Championship in Small School 1 Division

2015 ESM selected as 1 of only 27 "ecosystems" across the United States to pilot the multi-year national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. There are now 89 communities (2019) 

2013 Be the Change for Kids Innovation Award for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-related (STEM) programs

2013 Newsweek's List of America’s Best High Schools

2011 American Library Association's National School Library Program of the Year Award (Pine Grove Middle School)

2010-2011: ESM was one of only 388 districts nationwide honored by the College Board on the AP® Achievement List.

2010 NYS ASCD Educating the Whole Child for the 21st Century Award (Pine Grove Middle School)

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