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School Snapshot

Message from the Principal

  • Julia Drake, Principal Welcome, Families, to Springhurst Elementary School.  

    At Springhurst, we are committed to teaching the whole child. We offer not only a strong academic foundation, but a rich social and emotional experience as well.  In support of our work and in recognition of providing a safe and nurturing school environment for all students, we have earned the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” Award three years in a row! 

    The vision of the Dobbs Ferry School District, “Independent Thinkers Prepared to Change the World,” informs our teaching and culture as we strive to develop independent, curious, and open-minded learners. We want students to think critically, work collaboratively, act ethically and become knowledgeable about the world around them.  We do this in a variety of ways. 

    One of our most recent initiatives focuses on environmental preservation and the benefits of composting and waste reduction.  The 2016-2017 school year marks the launch of our very own on-site composting venture!  This year we will begin to process our organic waste from the lunchroom in order to create soil to nourish the thriving 28 organic garden beds in our Outdoor Classroom, as well as provide mulch for all three Dobbs Ferry School District campuses!  Students, families, staff, and community members have joined together to help this project come to “fruition” and we are excited to see what this year will bring! 

    Within the classrooms, our teachers continue to adopt new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, providing a rich and vibrant educational experience for all students.  We are proud to also have a number of incredible special programs at Springhurst including music, arts, athletics, technology, library, and a variety of enriching extra-curricular offerings such as Math Olympiad, Harmonaires, Destination ImagiNation, Student Government, Digital Media, Ecology, ELA Academy & springtime Enrichment Clusters.

    Currently, Capital Projects are underway to further enhance our already impressive building and grounds.  This school year, we are eager to enjoy the new turf field and four brand new tennis courts that will result as part of this facilities work.

    Springhurst is a special place where young minds are inspired and challenged, and all students are enabled to experience success.  Be assured that your children will flourish at Springhurst thanks to the superb and highly-qualified staff and to the bountiful resources and opportunities that await them.

    I look forward to partnering with you to help your children grow and excel throughout the year and for many years to come.


    Julia D. Drake

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