Curriculum and Instruction

The focus of our curriculum and instructional practices in Byram Hills is to support our mission:

In an environment of mutual respect, the Byram Hills School District and its community will provide students with the means, the knowledge, and the opportunity to excel in order to become productive and responsible citizens and leaders of the twenty-first century.

That is, we seek to create the leaders of the next generation!


To meet this goal, the District engages in a cycle of continuous improvement in all areas of the curriculum, instructional, and assessment practices in order to provide high quality programs that align to local, state, and national standards. As a result of our continued efforts to improve, many initiatives grow out of the study and research conducted by the collaborative efforts of our highly skilled and passionate teachers and administrators.

The Byram Hills faculty and administrators are amongst the best teachers in the world, and they are the core of what makes Byram Hills a great place to learn! The essential values that drive our professional practices include: collaboration; reflection; lifelong learning; student-focus; quality interaction; high expectations; and continuous improvement. It is through this deliberate value system that we strive to provide a rigorous, meaningful, and engaging curriculum that values each student's unique qualities while supporting students to reach ambitious learning goals.

The purpose of our District website it to provide you with important information about our district, schools, and programs. The sections under Curriculum & Instruction are explained below to help you find information regarding our academic programs, initiatives, and systems that keep us on the path to meeting our mission. I look forward to our continued collaboration with the Byram Hills Community.

District Initiatives: Learn about the various District priorities, such as STEAM, Global Competency, emotional wellness, cultural proficiency, and more. Also, see our continuous improvement cycle for curricular programs and initiatives.

Academic Departments: Access information about each academic department, including the District curriculum maps, and contact information for department chairpersons and directors.

Professional Learning: Read the District's Professional Development Plan and access the professional learning opportunities for faculty, including the District's teacher evaluation plan (referred to by the state as, APPR.), the District's Professional Learning Communities, and in-service courses for faculty.

Standards & Assessment: Read the learning standards that are the foundation of our curriculum, and review our NYS report cards and the annual assessment reports to the Board of Education.


Dr. Tim Kaltenecker
Deputy Superintendent