Mission and Philosophy
"The Saint Demetrios Preparatory School mission is to provide students equal access to a high quality K-12 whole child education that maximizes academic excellence and strength of character in a student-centered learning environment created by a faculty of lifelong learners."
Saint Demetrios at a Glance
"Be awesome, be amazing be you."
Welcome to the Saint Demetrios Elementary and Middle School website! As the largest Greek-American School, we pride ourselves on providing an educational choice for parents who are looking for a school where children are treated like family and an emphasis is placed on community. Families enroll their children at our school because they recognize the difference the right school makes in the lives of their children. The care and compassion we have for our students and our commitment to educating the whole child makes Prep a unique place.
Saint Demetrios Prep is guided by a rich tradition in the Greek Orthodox faith, its mission, vision, and shared values. We believe that together, they define our work and guide us in developing strategies to become the faith-filled, transformational schools network that we strive to be. Building on over a century of excellence in Christian education, we are bringing new practices and strategies together with outstanding educators and leaders to prepare students for the for the 21st century. Our schools strive to meet high academic standards and instill a solid spiritual foundation for students as they prepare for Junior high school, high school, college and a meaningful career.
Since our founding in 1956, our school has evolved and grown tremendously. As educators, we seek to go beyond simply imparting knowledge to students. Our philosophy is one of laying the foundation not only for academic education, but for the spiritual and moral growth and development of the whole child. We hope that our website gives you a snapshot of the challenging and personalized education that enables our students to achieve success in school and life.
Our school serves almost 700 students in preschool through twelfth grade. We are fully accredited by the New York State Board of Regents. We have a gifted, supportive team of teachers and support staff who assist our students in maximizing their potential. The Prep offers an an excellent education where the diversity of learning styles is honored, and individual differences are respected.
We strongly encourage prospective families to visit us to experience our faith-filled environment and learn more about our excellent academic programs. Please feel free to visit anytime!
Our Elementary and Middle School utilizes the Common Core State Standards as the curricular foundation that will place students on the pathway to becoming college and career ready. We offer a variety of academic programs to assist students as they obtain college, career and civic awareness. Programs offered include: pull-out small groups, intervention groups and after-school tutoring programs that are all designed to meet the needs of all learners.
We offer extracurricular programs, including music, athletics, art, technology and clubs.
Our faculty believes all children are unique and capable of learning. The role of the staff is to provide an educational environment that will foster success and allow each child to reach his/her highest potential. This can be accomplished through a dedicated, collaborative effort on the part of the school, parents, and the community.
The academic program is foundational to our mission. We have created a learning environment that prepares students for a diverse and changing global society. We nurture close partnerships with families and community members in pursuit of our uncompromising commitment to excellence.
Our focus is on ensuring that our graduates ultimately gain meaningful, sustainable employment, attend post-secondary education, or serve in the military. We provide preparation for life-readiness through (focus) on developing and maintaining seven life-ready traits:
- Goal setting and getting
Core values and beliefs
- High expectations for all students
- Relevant and rigorous academic programs
- Skills and strategies for lifelong learning
- Reciprocal responsibility and accountability
- Productivity and success
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Personal ethics and integrity
- Dignity and respect
- Safety and security
Classroom instruction models the current best practices in teaching by meeting the following criteria:
Rigor – all lessons are challenging for every student in the classroom
Relevance – all activities are connected to real-life issues and applications
Relationship – every student has a personal connection to several staff members in the school
By working on these criteria in all grade levels, we are preparing our students with the skills and strategies they will need to work in our region or anywhere in the world.
"Ever to Excel"