SCHOOL DISTRICT PROFILE
The Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School is a small, rural K-12 school located in the Northern Catskills. Situated in a beautiful mountainous area within the Catskill State Park, it is particularly attractive to people who enjoy the outdoors and the advantages of rural living. The area has two ski resorts, numerous golf courses, and hiking and fishing in the Catskills. In addition, there is an active concert series during the summer, which attracts world-class musicians from institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera. Hotels, guesthouses and restaurants add significantly to the quality of life and the economic base of the community. Cooperstown, the Baseball Hall of Fame and the cultural resources of the surrounding communities and Albany are within comfortable driving distance.
The community is proud of its school and shows its support in a number of ways. The school budget consistently passes with wide community support. In 2005, the community overwhelmingly approved an $18,870,000 building renovation/addition improvement project. The project was completed on-time and on-budget, allowing for significant upgrades to classrooms and additions, including new classrooms, computer labs, a new gymnasium and new library. The positive relationship between school and community helps support our students and families both in and out of the classroom.
WAJ Students and Faculty perform at a high level reflecting a full range of abilities and interests. Over 70% of our students attend a post-secondary trade school or institution, such colleges as Cornell, Boston College, Syracuse, SUNY Geneseo, University of Rochester, NYU, and RPI. It is possible for a student to graduate with over 30 college-level credits through Advanced Placement and other institutions.
Successful applicants will be joining a professional staff committed to the learning of students and their own professional growth. The staff includes a former New York State Teacher of the Year, a recent National Board Certified educator and teachers who play a leadership role in regional professional activities and other professional organizations. Several teachers also play a leadership role in the State Education Department initiatives to develop curriculum and assessment for the new standards. Our teachers are actively involved in making educational decisions at the district and building levels. The teacher contract encourages and rewards professional development and involvement in educational decision-making. Salaries are competitive and the benefit package is excellent.
Student academic achievement is a top priority and is supported by a wide range of programs available for all students. The district has designed schedules and allocated staff to ensure that elementary students have a firm foundation in basic skills, and designed and used local assessments, which give the staff the information they need to plan instruction and meet individual needs. Summer and after-school Academic Intervention Services have raised student achievement. Staff continues to develop interesting work-study, shadowing, and career portfolio options, which will introduce all students to the world of work and planning for their future. Accelerated programs in math and science, Advance Placement courses and university-level language programs challenge interested and able students to do their best.
The district has a full range of extracurricular activities and field trips that are integrated into the curriculum.
The district has made a significant commitment to integrating technology into the curriculum. Each classroom has multiple technology options available for teachers and students, including new computers, high-speed networking and internet, wireless laboratories, and access to fixed computer labs.
The strengths of a small school are clearly evident in the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District. The student population is largely stable. Staff can follow each student's growth into young adulthood. Students feel supported by their peers, their teachers, and a community proud of its school and its achievements.