Built in 1957, Ardsley High School serves students in grades 9-12. Situated at the crest of Farm Road, the two story high school has 45 core academic classrooms, 10 science labs, 2 art rooms, 3 technology labs, 2 gymnasiums, and a music suite. Internet access and instructional software are available in all classrooms, the Library/Media Center, and the technology labs.
Throughout the 2000-2001 school year, essential improvements were made to the gymnasiums and playing fields. A fitness center/weight training facility was created to support the physical education curriculum and extra-curricular sports. The outdoor playing fields include a regulation track, a football/soccer complex, and four full sized baseball and softball fields.
In the 2005-2006 school year, an 11 million dollar construction project added 15 new classrooms, 2 new technology labs, and an additional music rehearsal space. Interior renovations included a new art room, science lab, and guidance offices.
Ardsley High School is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and is a member of the Tri-States Consortium of Accredited Schools. The staff includes a principal, assistant principal, 4 guidance counselors, 3 school psychologists, a school social worker, a librarian, a school nurse, and 72 teachers.
Ardsley High School is predominantly an academic high school with a large number of course offerings. Regents level college preparatory subjects are emphasized, but there are courses designed to serve the needs of students with a wide range of interests and abilities.
Honors courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, French, Latin, Algebra II/Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. Advanced Placement courses are offered in American History, Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Politics, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Italian Language, Government, Latin, Psychology, Spanish Language, and Statistics. All students who enroll in an AP course are required to take the AP Exam. Ninety-six percent of our students earn a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Exam.
Students with special education needs receive co-teaching/collaborative/integrated assistance within the regular classroom, or in the Learning Resource Center. English Language Learners receive the support of a certified ELL teacher.
There are special opportunities included in the instructional program at Ardsley High School. Critical Writing and Research is a locally developed required course for all ninth graders to help them in all aspects of their writing. Ardsley High School students are required to take a three semester course in United States History that allows for a more extended and in-depth study. Students also have an option of enrolling in our Cambridge University Global Perspectives and Research course or the three-year Science Research curriculum. In the 2014-2015 school year, we will also be offering college credits in select courses through SUNY Albany and Syracuse University. For those students interested in film and video production, there is a newly constructed video production studio and course curriculum. A Work Study/Externship Program enables students to gain valuable job and volunteer experiences by working with local businesses and public agencies. All seniors complete a four week full time internship experience prior to graduation.
Ninety-five percent of Ardsley High School students attend college upon graduation. Ninety-eight percent of the Class of 2014 received Regents diplomas and 79% earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.
Each student is encouraged to participate in one or more extra- or co-curricular activities. Activities include athletics, music, drama, and subject-oriented clubs. Current athletic offerings include baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, fencing, lacrosse, golf, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Co-curricular activities include Academic Challenge Team, African American Club, the Ardsleyan (yearbook), Art Club, Asian Club, Book Club, Chess Club, the Criterion (literary magazine), Drama Club, French Club, Film Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Key Club, Math Team, Mock Trial Team, Model UN, National Honor Society, the Panther (newspaper), Political Awareness Club, SADD, Spanish Club, and Student Council.
An active music performance program of Band, Orchestra, and Chorus is complemented by after-school audition groups in Select Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. In past years, the Select Chorus has performed at the Vatican and the Cathedral at Notre Dame. In 2013, they traveled to Venice, Italy to sing in St. Mark's Basilica. The after-school Drama Club productions include a fall dramatic play, a winter Senior Revue, and spring musical.
The ninth period at Ardsley High School is used for a variety of purposes. Primary among them is the opportunity for students to conference with teachers for additional academic support or enrichment. Teachers are available in their classrooms Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Athletic practices and events begin after the end of ninth period so that students may participate fully in the opportunities available to them. Our athletic program is coordinated by Mr. Michael Ramponi, Athletic Director. Ardsley High School has a strong tradition of athletic success that includes league and section championships.