Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District

The Hewlett-Woodmere Public School District, Union Free School District 14, is located in the southwest section of Nassau County, New York and borders the New York City borough of Queens. Communities in the district include, in full or in part, Hewlett, Woodmere, Woodsburgh, North Woodmere an unincorporated area of Valley Stream, the Gibson section of Valley Stream, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, and Hewlett Bay Park, as well as parts of Lynbrook, all comprise the geographical boundaries for the school district. There are approximately 4,400 students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade.[1] The district is operated under the supervision of a seven-member Board of Education.



The School District was created by the New York Legislature in 1898. As early as 1850 there was a one-room school house in the area. As the area grew rapidly in the postwar period, 4 schools were built between 1949 and 1961.[1] Woodmere Education Center was originally Hewlett-Woodmere’s Elementary, Middle and High School from Grades Kindergarten to Grade 12, and later, it just became Hewlett-Woodmere’s Middle and High School which were grades 7 through 12.

Franklin Early Childhood Center


Franklin Early Childhood Center was opened in 1903 as Franklin Elementary School, serving students K through 6th grades. In 1983, The Early Childhood Programs in Woodmere Education Center (which housed Pre-K), moved into Franklin Elementary School which changed the name to Franklin Early Childhood Center. In 1983, students from grades 2 through 6 were moved to Hewlett Elementary School or Ogden Elementary School. Hewlett and Ogden Elementary Schools also moved their kindergarteners and first graders to Franklin Early Childhood Center.

Hewlett Elementary School


In 1929, Hewlett Elementary School was constructed with 12 classrooms altogether. This design stayed for 20 years. In 1949, Hewlett got renovated and built 21 more classrooms due to the increased popularity. Hewlett was a Kindergarten to Grade 5 school. In 1984, when Franklin became a Childhood Center, Hewlett’s Kindergartners and First Graders left and moved to Franklin. Franklin in return, gave Hewlett half of their second to sixth graders. Hewlett had a renovation in 1993, as they built 5 more classrooms due to the increased amount of students.

Ogden Elementary School


Because of the increased popularity in Hewlett Elementary, Ogden Elementary was constructed in 1954. Ogden was also a K-5 school. In 1983, Ogden traded K and Grade 1, for Grade 2 to Grade 6 students.

Woodmere Middle School and George W. Hewlett High School


In 1961, due to overcrowding, Woodmere Middle School was opened in 1961. In 1984, Woodmere gave their 9th graders to Hewlett High, and Hewlett and Ogden and Franklin gave them their sixth graders. A huge renovation happened in 2009, and Woodmere Middle School is open with 701 students in classes.

George W, Hewlett High School was built in 1957, and in 1984, it added 9th grade from Woodmere Middle School, in 2021, Hewlett High School had a renovation and is still open today with 1,015 students in classes.



The district consists of the following schools:

Elementary Schools
Middle School
High School


  • Dr. Ralph Marino Jr. - Superintendent



On December 3, 2006, Newsday reported that of 3,327 students, 84.3% are white, 1.8% are black 6.2% are Hispanic and 7.7% are "other."[2]

Awards and recognition


Recent awards and achievements include:

  • One of Newsweek's Top 25 High Schools in New York[citation needed]
  • Department of the Year, 2006 & 2011[citation needed]
  • Hewlett High School Business Teacher, Mr. Jared Pittelli, named Outstanding Teacher of the Year[citation needed]
  • Named Blue Star School by W!se[citation needed]
  • Hewlett High School named a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist for 2012.[3]


  1. ^ a b Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools, accessed November 1, 2006
  2. ^ Diversity of LI's districts, Newsday, December 3, 2006
  3. ^ "The Grammy Foundation® Announces 2012 Grammy Signature Schools Semifinalists". www.grammy.org. December 12, 2011. Archived from the original on March 14, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2011.