Dr. Schoenfeld

    Dr. Ryan Schoenfeld, Superintendent

    I take the responsibility of Superintendent of the Ardsley Union Free School District (AUFSD) very seriously and am honored to be part of this district as of July 1, 2018. Through initial research and observation, it is clear that the AUFSD is a well organized, high achieving school district whose success can be credited to a talented and caring staff, enthusiastic students, a dedicated and proactive Board of Education and involved parents.  

    My mission as your Superintendent is also my passion. I love education and being an educator. I genuinely care about people and doing what is best for the children, faculty, staff, families, and the community that I serve. I am a firm believer of educating the “whole child” and supporting well-rounded programming -- creating opportunities for ALL learners to thrive.

    My entry plan includes an initial period of listening and learning. My priority has been to “hit the ground” learning by meeting with stakeholders and gaining a better sense of the foundations, priorities, and values of our learning community. With this greater understanding, we will move forward together with a collaborative and thoughtful approach to maintain and enhance our “gem of a district” and provide every student with the opportunity to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

    Finally, I would like to applaud Dr. Allan for her 17 years of dedicated service to our district and offer sincere thanks for her support during my transition. We all wish her well in her retirement and future endeavors.

    Read lohud article, July 30, 2018 - Meet Ardsley Superintendent Dr. Ryan Schoenfeld here.

    Read more about the Superintendent's Search Process here. 


    Our District's Philosophy:

    We strive to inspire excellence in every student by providing an educational environment that not only challenges minds but also helps build character. We believe every child is inherently curious with a desire to learn, explore, create and solve problems. It is our responsibility to appreciate the diverse interests and needs of our student body and to help every student recognize their full potential as learners.

    In order to help our children succeed in a world of rapid change, we believe that our curriculum must continually evolve to incorporate new learning technologies. We must also support our teachers with ongoing professional development programs and encourage them to maximize their talents, passions, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of our students.

    Our District vision is built upon four pillars and is guiding not only our decision-making but also our culture as a learning community.

    District Mission:

    Building on a tradition of academic excellence and success for every student, we cultivate passionate learners and informed global citizens who actively influence their world.

    Guiding Pillars:

    Academic Excellence - Maximizes personal potential and inspires collective achievement, so mastering curricular content is only the starting point and learning is tailored to needs, strengths, and interests.

    Success for Every Student - Is measured in a variety of ways.  Our view of success reaches beyond academic performance and encompasses resilience, flexibility, tenacity, curiosity, creativity, empathy, determination and athletic and artistic expression.

    Passionate Learners - Take full advantage of learning opportunities.  They assume responsibility for their own learning, have the courage to explore and take the initiative to discover their interests.  They are self-motivated, demonstrate confidence, collaborate freely and share their discoveries.

    Global Citizens - Engage in an active inquiry to acquire knowledge that reflects the depth and breadth of the collective human experience.  They influence their world by making positive, proactive choices about what to do with what they know to collaboratively effect change.

    We believe the success of our District involves the collective efforts of a talented and caring staff, a dedicated Board of Education, enthusiastic students and involved parents.  Together, we can guide our students to be successful in life, take civic responsibility, be caring and respectful individuals, and become healthy contributors with a lifelong desire to learn. 

    Our Schools:

    The Ardsley Union Free School District is a great place for students to gain the foundation needed to grow into tomorrow’s business and cultural leaders. Our extensive and broad curriculum, complemented by many after-school offerings, provides students with the opportunity to pursue their individual interests, natural talents and maximize their learning potential while in the District. The Ardsley School District is made up of three schools:


    • Concord Road School, (http://concord.ardsleyschools.org) offers full-time kindergarten through 4th grade and is accredited as a National School of Excellence.
    • Ardsley Middle School, (http://ms.ardsleyschools.org) a National Blue Ribbon school, serves grades 5-8 with accelerated programs in math, science and world languages as well as a series of enrichment classes.

    • Ardsley High School (http://hs.ardsleyschools.org) houses grades 9-12 with an emphasis on regents level college preparatory subjects and a broad range of offerings to serve the needs of a diverse student body with varying interests and abilities. Ardsley High School was recently listed in the Top 15 of America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek magazine.

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