New Floyd Academy Alternative High School Program to Begin on September 1, 2016

WFSD Floyd Academy - John DeBenedettoOn September 1, the William Floyd School District will open the Floyd Academy, a newly designed alternative education program to help students succeed in a non-traditional school setting. The district has appointed John DeBenedetto, former William Floyd High School (WFHS) alternative high school principal and WFHS assistant principal, to serve as the principal.
During the first year, the Floyd Academy, with the motto, “Everyone Succeeds,” will serve approximately 70 students in grades 10 through 12. The goals of the Floyd Academy are to reduce the suspension rate, provide individualized support, develop a safe and nurturing environment, foster positive and trusting relationships and further increase the overall graduation rate. In the second year, enrollment can increase up to 90 students. The Floyd Academy is not punitive; students who have a desire to be successful and have faced roadblocks may make a request to enroll; staff members may also make referrals.
“It is not one size fits all when it comes to students who may be at risk of not succeeding,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools. “There are a several factors that may result in limited success in a traditional school environment. Our goal is to provide students with the opportunities and support to help them ultimately be successful.”
Recent studies completed by America’s Promise Alliance and its Center for Promise at Tufts University, found that students who may find themselves “at-risk,” are typically very resilient and may have faced tough challenges in their lives resulting in the need for more individualized guidance and emotional support, as well as a yearning to be connected.
Mr. DeBenedetto, the new principal of the Floyd Academy, is excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of his students. “The new Floyd Academy is designed to provide students with an innovative and enriching learning experience,” said Mr. DeBenedetto. “Each student will have an individual graduation plan and with our creative and inspiring staff members, students will be instructed through the use of multiple instructional models to meet their individual needs and to prepare them for the demands of the 21st century and for post-high school success.”
“Mr. DeBenedetto has been successful in leading an alternative high school and brings a wealth of experience to the position,” said Kathleen Keane, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, William Floyd School District. “We know that he will be successful in this new role and are excited about the possibilities.”
In addition to his prior experience as an assistant principal and alternative high school principal at William Floyd, Mr. DeBenedetto served as the principal of Rocky Point High School; an assistant principal, science co-chair and teacher in the Sachem School District; as well as an elementary science teacher in the Southold School District. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, earned his Master of Science from Dowling College and his Administration and Supervision Specialist Diploma from Queens College.

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