Constructed in 1953 with additions and upgrades in 1957, 1961, 1989, and 2009, Altamont Elementary School is home to approximately 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition to the principal, there are 29 classroom and special area teachers, including a full-time social worker, a part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and a part-time school psychologist. There are also numerous support staff which includes teaching assistants, aides and monitors, cafeteria workers, custodians and office staff.
Results on the English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies assessments indicate that Altamont students consistently score well above the New York State average, which can be seen in the New York state School Report Card.
Other features of the Altamont Elementary School program include:
- Designation by the United States Department of Education as a No Child Left Behind—Blue Ribbon School (2007). The award distinguishes and honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
- A learning community which supports the growth of the whole child – social, academic and physical.
- A child-centered, developmentally appropriate approach in all curriculum areas.
- A culture of caring is an essential characteristic of the school community, with many events and programs designed to encourage respect.
- An active building cabinet exemplifying the shared decision making process.
- Teacher leaders in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies work closely with the staff and administration.
- An emphasis on professional development as a vital component of our educational program.
- An active and supportive PTA and community.
- A school environment where parents feel welcome to volunteer and visit classrooms.
- School-wide social worker services which offer opportunities for Banana Splits, friendship groups, push-in programs and community building to prevent bullying.
- A strong commitment to art, physical education, music, drama and other enrichment activities.