While Southold Town was established more than 350 years ago, one of its public school districts is just now celebrating its 50th birthday this summer. The Oysterponds School District was created in 1966 after the North Fork’s easternmost hamlets, Orient and East Marion, merged their school systems, which were each nearly 90 years old at the time.
The students in American classrooms are a heterogeneous bunch. We encourage inclusion classrooms, adapt tests and classwork to students’ abilities and test virtually everyone. There are few homogenous classrooms in the United States. This affects our test scores, yet almost all of our students learn basic English and math skills before entering high school.