Orangetown Central School District celebrates its youngest
students at William O. Schaefer School on Lester Drive in
Tappan. Here we welcome Kindergarten and 1st grade students into
Schaefer School provides these young learners with a warm,
nurturing environment in which to grow, learn and build a strong
foundation for school and for life.
We offer a comprehensive balanced program that focuses on the
understanding of concepts and the development of skills. Because
the foundation for literacy learning is built on language
development, we provide our students with rich language
experiences and opportunities to practice. Our standards based
curriculum supports students in developing into good readers,
writers, mathematics and above all thinkers.
Our Science and Social Studies programs encourage children to
think, explore question and develop an appreciation for the
world we live in. Learning is child centered and hands on.
The arts flourish at William O. Schaefer. In music the children
are given the opportunity to learn basic elements of tempo and
melody through singing, movements and the use of percussion
instruments. In visual arts they are exposed to various art
media and basic elements of art.
Educating the body as well as the mind is the job of our
physical education department. Our fully equipped PE program
provides students with the opportunity to participate in
different games, sports, exercises and dance. They learn about
bones, muscles and good nutrition.
Our school is also supported by the services of a library media/
technology specialist who assist students and staff in
integrating literacy and technology into their daily lives. Each
classroom is equipped with a smart board and we have two laptop
carts with wireless access to support children as they begin to
develop the skills need for the 21st century. A push in
enrichment program is provided for all 1st graders.
Social Skills are developed in classroom and enhanced through
programs developed by our school psychologist. ESL services are
provided for identified students.
Early intervention and related services for struggling students
are provided through reading specialists, speech therapists,
occupational therapists and the school psychologist. Response To
Intervention services are provided by our RTI team and
documented by our Learning Consultant.
Finally, our school nurse, secretarial staff and custodians
support the entire WOS community. If you would like to learn
more about the William O. Schaefer School, please feel free to
Some highlights of
our program include:
into classroom experiences through
wireless laptops, computer lab and Smartboards.
Art, music, and
physical education specialists
Library teacher who
is an excellent resource for students and teachers; and an automated
reading support for first graders who need it
teaching classes where special needs children are fully integrated
into regular classes and are supported by Special Education
co-teachers as well as by their regular education classroom teacher
including ESL teacher, school psychologist, learning consultant, speech
and language pathologist, and part-time gifted resource teacher
Dignity for All Students (DASA)
Please call if you need more information or would like to visit.