Commack School District

Commack Union Free School District is a public school district located in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The school district straddles the towns of Huntington and Smithtown, with Townline Road as the dividing line. It serves the residents of Commack as well as parts of Dix Hills, Smithtown and East Northport. It served approximately 6,000 students during the 2018–2019 school year.[3] There are four primary schools (grades K–2), two intermediate schools (grades 3–5), one middle school (grades 6–8) and one high school (grades 9–12).

Commack Union Free School District
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Location
Suffolk County, New York
United States
Coordinates40°52′00″N 73°17′31″W / 40.8666°N 73.2920°W / 40.8666; -73.2920Coordinates: 40°52′00″N 73°17′31″W / 40.8666°N 73.2920°W / 40.8666; -73.2920
District information
TypePublic school district
Motto"Excellence in Education"
GradesKG-12
Established1899
SuperintendentDr. Donald James
Schools8
Budget$199,759,525 (for 2020-2021)[1]
NCES District ID3608130[2]
Students and staff
Students6,038 (as of 2019-2020)[2]
Teachers511 (as of 2019-2020)[2]
Student–teacher ratio11.82%
District mascotCougars
Colors   
Gold and black
Other information
Websitewww.commack.k12.ny.us www.commackschools.org

SchoolsEdit

Primary schoolsEdit

The primary schools in the Commack School District are Indian Hollow, Rolling Hills, North Ridge, and Wood Park. They serve students in grades K–2. The school day for these schools last from around 9:20 AM to 3:20 PM although one should check with the specific schools for exact times. The students have one teacher throughout the day except for special classes like music, art, and physical education and special services like speech, physical, or occupational therapy.[citation needed]

Intermediate schoolsEdit

The intermediate schools are Burr and Sawmill. They serve students in grades 3–5. Their school day is from 8:50 AM to 3:05 PM. The two buildings are identical in their structure and design. Both schools have at least ten clubs that meet while school is not in session. The children have one teacher for the whole day except for special classes like music, art and physical education. There are many special services available like Physical Speech and Occupational Therapy, social workers, psychologists and a gifted and talented program. There is also an English as a second language program. In fourth grade, the students begin to learn a musical instrument. They are given lessons once a week and participate in the school's band or orchestra. There is a chorus for students who are interested in singing. Each fifth grade class in both schools takes a two-day trip to Camp Mariah in Fishkill, NY towards the end of the year.[citation needed]

Middle schoolEdit

The Commack Middle School serves students in grades 6–8. The school day lasts from 7:55 AM to 2:42 PM. Commack Middle School is the first school with multiple classes held in different rooms, unlike in the intermediate and primary schools. Each period is 41 minutes for the exception of 1st period (46 minutes) and 9th period (42 minutes). The students have 9 periods per day, each with a different teacher. Each child is required to take Math, English, Science, Social Studies, a foreign language, and Physical Education all year for the entire three years. They are also required to take Art, Family and Consumer Science, Technology and Health for a quarter of each year. There are 65 clubs and 20 sports teams for students.[citation needed]

High schoolEdit

The Commack High School serves students in grades 9–12. The school day lasts from 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM. The students have nine periods per day, each with a different teacher. The classes are forty minutes in length with 5 minutes of walking time in between them. Each student is required to meet the requirements for a New York State Regents diploma unless there are special circumstances. They are also required to complete 15 CSIP (Community Service Involvement Program) credits their first three years and 20 their senior year. These can be fulfilled by participating in sports and clubs or by doing volunteer work inside or out of school. Commack High School is an International Baccalaureate School, and students pursuing an IB diploma are subject to a more stringent of requirements. As of 2018 there were 15 honor societies, 52 clubs and 21 sports teams for students.[4]

As of the 2019-2020 school year, the total enrollment was 2,187 students and 168 teachers. The student to teacher ratio was 13.07%.[5]

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Commack High School the best high school in Suffolk County, the third best on Long Island, the 18th best in New York state, and the 95th best in the country.[6] As of 2018, Commack High School is unranked in New York State.[citation needed]

List of current and former schoolsEdit

List of current and former schools within the Commack Union Free School District
School name Current type Geography Former name Former type Year opened Year closed Building status Disposition
Current schools
Commack High School High school North Commack High School North N/A 1962 N/A Active N/A
Commack Middle School Middle school South Commack High School South High school 1968 N/A Active N/A
Burr Intermediate School Intermediate school North Burr Junior High School Middle school 1972 N/A Active N/A
John Mandracchia Sawmill Intermediate School Intermediate school South John Mandracchia Sawmill Junior High School Middle school 1972 N/A Active N/A
Indian Hollow Primary School Primary school North Indian Hollow School Elementary school 1964 N/A Active N/A
North Ridge Primary School Primary school North North Ridge Elementary School Elementary school 1962 N/A Active N/A
Rolling Hills Primary School Primary school South Rolling Hills School Elementary school 1965 N/A Active N/A
Wood Park Primary School Primary school South Wood Park School Elementary school 1961 N/A Active N/A
Hubbs Administration Center Administrative building North Grace L. Hubbs School Elementary school 1964 1976 Repurposed Now Hubbs Administration Center
Former schools
Greenmeadows Junior High School Closed South N/A Junior high school 1963 1979 Sold Sold to Suffolk Jewish Community Center
John F. Kennedy Junior High School Closed North N/A Junior high school 1964 1981 Demolished Land sold and demolished. Now Longmeadow Estates.
Cedar Road School Closed North N/A Elementary school 1960 1988 Leased Leased to AHRC and Commack Special Services Corp
Circle Hill School Closed North N/A Elementary school 1963 1981 Demolished Land sold and demolished. Now housing developments.
Green Fields School Closed South N/A Elementary school 1961 1982 Sold Sold to WM/YWHA
Grace L. Hubbs School Administrative building North N/A Elementary school 1964 1976 Repurposed Now Hubbs Administration Center
Long Acres School Closed North N/A Elementary school 1963 1980 Leased Leased to Kiddie Care Early Learning Center
Marion Carll School Closed South N/A Elementary school 1924 1974 Demolished Sold to NY Tech; since demolished
Old Farms School Closed South N/A Elementary school 1963 1988 Leased Leased to Suffolk Day Care Center
Sagtikos School Closed South N/A Elementary school 1965 1981 Leased Now Building Blocks Preschool
Smith's Lane School Closed South N/A Elementary school 1958 1979 Leased Leased to UCP
South Ridge School Closed South N/A Elementary school 1963 1976 Demolished Burned, demolished and land sold to homes
Winnicomac School Closed North N/A Elementary school 1958 1983 Sold Now Sappo Intermediate School and Tree of Life Preschool

Board of EducationEdit

Commack Board of Education 2020–2021[7]
Position Name
President Steven Hartman
Vice President Jarrett Behar
Trustee William Hender
Trustee Susan Hermer
Trustee Justin Varughese

AcademicsEdit

Commack Middle School was awarded first place in the Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl academic competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory on April 14, 2007, and went on to take seventh place in the academic competition in the National Middle School Science Bowl that same year. It is also a blue ribbon school of excellence. The Suffolk County Reading Council has recognized the Commack School District's elementary schools for their achievements in the area of literacy.[citation needed]

Commack had the highest Regents Diploma rate (94%) in 2004 of all comprehensive Suffolk County Districts. 95% of its graduating seniors went to colleges of their choice.[citation needed]

Commack's fourth grade math scores and eighth grade ELA scores were the highest among all school districts in the towns of Huntington and Smithtown. Standardized test scores for its elementary school students in the areas of reading/writing and mathematics significantly exceeded the national average.[citation needed]

DemographicsEdit

The tables below describe the school district's demographic data for the 2018-2019 school year, made available by the New York State Education Department.[3]

Enrollment by gender[3]
Gender Number of students (2018–2019)
Female 2,882 (48%)
Male 3,099 (52%)
Enrollment by ethnicity[3]
Ethnicity Number of students (2018–2019)
American Indian or Alaska Native 10 (0%)
Black or African American 72 (1%)
Hispanic or Latino 524 (9%)
Asian or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander 532 (9%)
White 4,727 (79%)
Multiracial 116 (2%)
Other Groups[3]
Title Number of students (2018–2019)
English language learners 65 (1%)
Students with disabilities 1,089 (18%)
Economically disadvantaged 781 (13%)
Migrant -
Homeless 10 (0%)
Foster care -
Parent in armed forces -

Notable alumniEdit

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