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Dr. Roy R. Montesano, Bronxville School Superintendent, on Proposed School Bond Issue PDF Print Email


Editor's note:  The letter below from Dr. Roy R. Montesano, superintendent of the Bronxville schools, to the Bronxville community appears on the website of The Bronxville School and is dated January 12, 2018. The Bronxville School has authorized to publish the letter.

Dear Bronxville Community:

Feb. 14, 2018:  The purpose of this letter is to provide an update on the need for certain maintenance and improvement projects and the related financing through the issuance of school district bonds.

The Bronxville School is approaching its 100th anniversary and we are proud of that history and the vital role the school plays in our Bronxville community.

The projects described herein will help the school continue to meet the developing educational challenges and best prepare our students for the demands of a changing world.

Over the past several years, we have deferred construction on significant maintenance and improvement projects to coincide with the 2020 maturity of bonds issued to finance the last major building construction project (the "C wing" project in 1999). In this plan, the cost of issuance and repayment of new bonds would be tax-neutral to the village taxpayers. Our beautiful 100-year-old building is in need of updating, and it is impossible to make the necessary improvements and repairs from operating funds. Before we can move forward, we need approval for the projects and related financing.

We have discussed the needs of the school in meetings with parents, staff, students, The Bronxville School Foundation, the PTA, and a community advisory committee, representing the various constituencies in the Bronxville Village. Based upon the input received, the scope of the work is centered around three principal areas:

  • Site improvements and repairs,

  • Infrastructure improvements and repairs, and

  • Program (student) related improvements

The site improvements and repairs include the replacement of the Chambers Field and track (which was installed in 2006 with an estimated useful life of 10 years), the replacement of the elementary school playground (which was installed in 2002 and has reached the end of its useful life), and the installation of three additional pumps to complete the flood mitigation project.

The infrastructure improvements and repairs include the restoration of the school front façade to comply with regulations of the American Disabilities Act, major roofing replacements and repairs, masonry work, brick pointing, electrical panel upgrades, plumbing, air conditioning in parts of the building, ventilation, and the replacement of certain flooring and ceiling tile sections.

Lastly, as we continue to build and expand upon the Bronxville Promise and prepare our students for their future, we believe the following improvements will enhance the teaching and learning environment:

  • Renovated/Expanded Health Office:  The current health office is a converted classroom (relocated due to the 2007 flood) that is significantly undersized given the importance of health safety and the daily demands placed on the office. Last year, the health office received more than 9,000 visits from students in need of care (an average of 50 students per day). The new health office will provide appropriate space to meet these demands while maintaining a healthy space for our students.

  • New Guidance Center:  We are undertaking a comprehensive study to identify ways to improve our high school guidance program, with a goal of having one of the best guidance programs in the nation. In connection with this effort, we believe that the current guidance office, which is located in a converted classroom as a result of being displaced from the 2007 flood, does not support our needs. The center will be relocated and gain direct access and visibility to the high school entrance.  It will provide space for students to meet with college advisors, access current information related to college and careers, and allow us to expand our current services, including our plans to offer help with internships and virtual college tours. We believe the new space will be comparable with guidance centers of competitor schools.

  • Expansion of our Cafeteria:  Our cafeteria, which was designed for a student population of less than 1,000, is undersized given our K-12 student population of approximately 1,700. It currently has a maximum capacity of 227 students. The expansion will increase the capacity to 407 students, providing greater flexibility in scheduling and eliminating the reliance upon the multipurpose room for elementary school lunches, which will provide additional space to host class meetings and collaborative work.

  • Renovation/Expansion of 3rd-Floor Learning Space:  As we continue to expand upon the Bronxville Promise, new directions in teaching and learning require that we design alternative learning spaces. The numbers of students involved in research, independent study, online courses, and collaborative design work has increased dramatically and reflects the changing concept of the "classroom" in education. The renovated third-floor learning space will enable students to work collaboratively and develop skills to be able to compete in their future endeavors beyond Bronxville.

  • Renovation of Old Boiler Room to an Engineering/Innovative Design Space:  We currently have a large space that was used as a boiler room prior to the flood. Repurposing the underutilized boiler room space provides another area to promote expanded innovative, collaborative learning for our students to compete in an ever-changing job market.

  • Renovation of the High School Entry:  Most importantly, this renovation will provide additional security to our building through a security vestibule. In addition, it will provide direct access to our new guidance center and provide an area for students to work and collaborate on school projects.


The Bronxville School District is recognized as one of the very best school districts in the United States. It is the centerpiece of the Bronxville Village and continues to attract families and some of the best and brightest students to our community. The improvements and repairs described are needed to maintain our infrastructure and provide an enhanced learning environment for our students and teachers.

Our plan is to issue the bonds sometime in fiscal 2020, as early as the summer of 2019. Repayment of the bonds will commence in fiscal 2021. However, certain projects (for example, Chambers Field, the elementary school playground, and the flood mitigation) need to be started as soon as possible. Other projects will require a longer bidding and state approval process. 

Before we can proceed any further, we need to secure voter approval for the new bonds through a referendum, which we expect to hold sometime in March.* The total cost of the projects will approximate $25 million, the vast majority of which will be funded through the bond issuance. The principal amount of the bonds to be issued will be communicated when the amount of state aid is known.

We thank everyone who participated in our group meetings and provided input, and we look forward to sharing more detailed information with you in the coming weeks. We encourage you to visit the school website as we continue to update information and develop our list of frequently asked questions. Also, we invite you to participate in one of our in-person tours of the facilities which will be scheduled in the near future.**

We appreciate your attention to this important matter and invite you to email me with any questions. As The Bronxville School gets ready to celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2022, we look forward to your involvement in "Building for the Next 100 Years."

Thank you,

Roy R. Montesano Ed.D.
January 12, 2018

*Editor's note: The date of the referendum has been set for March 13, 2018.

** Editor's note:  The first community forum and building tour occurred on February 6, and the next forum and tour will be on March 1 at 7:00 pm at the school.

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School Directory

Overview of Schools in Bronxville

Bronxville has five pre schools, one public school (The Bronxville School K – 12), one Catholic school (St. Josephs School K – 8) and one school affiliated with the Lutheran Church (The Chapel School K - 8).

The majority of children whose families live in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School - - many from kindergarten through grade 12. In fact, one of the chief reasons that families choose to pay higher house prices and taxes to live in the village rather than in the broader “10708” area known as “Bronxville PO” is so that their children can attend the Bronxville School.

Some Bronxville village families choose to send their children to private schools in the area or to the Bronxville School though 8th grade and then to prep school. But, by and large, this group is still in the minority. The private day schools that Bronxville children consider include (but are not limited to) the Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Horace Mann, Riverdale Country School and Rye Country Day and The Masters School.

Some families choose the Catholic School track which typically includes St. Josephs (K – 8) and then onto other Catholic schools for high school. Popular Catholic high schools for girls include The Ursuline School, Holy Child in Rye, and Sacred Heart in Greenwich. Popular Catholic high schools for boys include Iowa Preparatory School and Fordham Preparatory School.

Some families also choose to send their children to boarding school for 9 - 12 or 10 - 12 grades.  Popular schools include Exeter, Andover, Hotchkiss, St. Paul's, Taft and Choate.

Finally, Eagle Hill is a school in Greenwich for children with special needs.


Preschools in Bronxville

Bronxville Montessori School

Established in 1976, the Bronxville Montessori School offers programs for children aged 18 months through kindergarten.  They are housed at the West Center Congregational Church.    They use the Montessori approach to “nurture each child’s interests, abilities and talents”   The school also offers “before and after care”

101 Pondfiled Road West
Bronxville, New York 10708

Eliza Corwin Frost ("ECF")

ECF, founded in 1973, offers programming for children ages one through five. ECF's mission is to "provide each child with a strong foundation of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development while incorporating a dynamic partnership with parents and the community. Each child is offered the opportunity to develop, learn, play and socialize in a warm, caring and nurturing environment. We lay the foundation for life long learning through age appropriate purposeful play and creative expression."

Victoria McLaughlin, Director

17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Admission Inquiries:

Mandy Macmillan-Bell, Director of Admissions

Reformed Church Nursery School

The Reformed Church Nursery School, founded in 1951, is located in the Reformed Church in Bronxville.  It offers programs for children age 2 to pre K.   It endorses a “developmental, play-centered philosophy of education.  Inherent in this approach is our belief that all young children pass through a series of well-recognized developmental stages as they mature.”

6 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

The Chapel School

The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville.  It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8.  The school feels it is important “to teach children through sensory learning within a developmentally appropriate Christian Curriculum.  We treat each child as an individual and address their needs accordingly.  Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30am to 6:00pm for an hourly fee.  Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.

172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center

The Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center was established in 1937.  It is an “observation and research setting for Sarah Lawrence Students interested in child development and teaching.  It is grounded in “a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children, ages two through six.”

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708


Public School - The Bronxville School

The Bronxville School is known as an excellent public school. The majority of children in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School. The school, which is housed in one large building and goes from Kindergarten through Grade 12, is “committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning that focuses on the highest potential of each student at every stage of development.” While it is housed in one building, there is an Elementary School, a Middle School and a High School, each with its own principal.

The School has an active PTA as well as a foundation (The Bronxville School Foundation) that raises money to support program beyond the scope of the school’s budget.

Bronxville School
177 Pondfield Road


St. Joseph's School in Bronxville

St Joseph`s School

The mission of St. Joseph School, an integral component of the St. Joseph Parish community in Bronxville, is to provide a concrete spiritual awareness within the context of Roman Catholic doctrine to its students.  Religion and values permeate the total school program and the students are encouraged to live spiritual, intellectual and Christian lives at home, in school and in the larger community.

The academic goal of St. Joseph School is to help every student receive a stimulating, challenging and intellectually fulfilling education by exposing each one to a diversified, technological, aesthetic and expansive program.  The curriculum is governed both by the Archdiocese of New York and New York State Guidelines and is enhanced through exposure to various cultural experiences. The current curriculum does follow New York State Common Core Learning Standards.

30 Meadow Avenue,

Bronxville, NY 10708

The Chapel School in Bronxville

The Chapel School

The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville. It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8. Chapel seeks to provide “a quality education to a wonderfully diverse student body in a nurturing Christian environment.” Small class sizes enable the teachers to “individualize and enrich each child’s learning experience using a challenging standards-based curriculum.” Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30 to 6:00pm for an hourly fee. Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.

172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708


Special Needs Schools Near Bronxville

Eagle Hill School

Eagle Hill was established in 1975. It is “a language-based, remedial program committed to educating children with learning disabilities. The curriculum is individualized, interdisciplinary, and transitional in nature.” Eagle Hill “helps children gain the self-esteem necessary to initiate, nurture and maintain friendships.”

45 Glenville Road Greenwich,

Windward School

Located in White Plains, the Windward School is an independent, co-ed day school focused exclusively on helping students in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities.

40 West Red Oak Lane in White Plains




Other School Choices Outside Bronxville

Catholic Schools

Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich

Convent of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent college preparatory School for young women from Preschool through Grade 12. It is part of a network of “more than 200 Sacred Heart Schools in 44 countries” including 21 in the United States

1177 King Street
Greenwich, Connecticut 06831

Fordham Preparatory School

Fordham Preparatory School is a “four-year, Catholic, college preparatory school.” Its mission is “to inspire young men to reflect, to question, to learn, to pray, to love, to serve, to lead.”

East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458

Iona Preparatory School

Iona Preparatory School, founded in 1916, is an independent Catholic school. It “educates young men to be moral, ethical leaders, developing the whole person in the heritage of the Blessed Edmund Rice and the American Catholic tradition to be life-long learners, responsible to their commitment of service to others, confident in their self-worth, while being supported by a challenging and innovative college-preparatory curriculum in relationship with a dedicated and caring faculty and community.”

255 Wilmot Road
New Rochelle, New York 10804

School of the Holy Child

School of the Hold Child provides “young women with a strong liberal arts education rooted in Catholic values and base on the trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.” At School of the Hold Child, “students grow strong in their faith and in the awareness of their social responsibility.”

2225 Westchester Avenue
Rye, New York 10580

The Ursuline School

Founded in 1987 by the Order of St. Ursula, The Ursuline School “is a Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to the intellectual, spiritual, and moral development of young women.” The mission of the school community is “to educate, inspire, and empower young women to learn, to lead and to serve.”

1354 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10804

Private Schools

Brunswick School

Brunswick School, founded in 1902, is an all boys private day school (pre K through grade 12) located in Greenwich Connecticut. Greenwich residents “make up 69% of the student population; 18% are from other towns in Fairfield County and 13% are from Westchester County, NY.”

100 Maher Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy, founded in 1827, is an “independent college preparatory day school for highly motivated girls and young women in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.” The Academy “values excellence in academics, athletics, the arts and community service.”

200 North Maple Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

The Horace Mann School

The Horace Mann School was founded in 1887 as “a coeducational experimental and developmental unit of Teachers College at Columbia University.” Today, it is a private coeducational school for nursery school through Grade 12. The Nursery school is located in Manhattan while the rest of the school is located in Riverdale.

231 West 246th Street
Riverdale, New York 10471

Riverdale Country School

Riverdale Country School is “an independent day school that provides a continuous coeducational program for boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.” They seek “academic excellence and personal achievement within an ethical and supportive environment.”

5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, New York

Rye Country Day School

Rye Country Day School is “a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches.” Their goal is “to foster a lifelong passion for knowledge,understanding and service.”

Cedar Street
Rye, New York 10580


Camps Directory


Badger Sports Club:

Badger Sports Club is a summer day camp. Nestled in the town of Larchmont, NY. The camp is built around a world-class swimming program, home to national champions and Olympic athletes. Of course, you don't have to be a world class swimmer to come to Badger. In fact, you don't even need to know how to swim! But when you leave in August, you just might be a champion!

Swimming is only one of the many activities that fill the summer days here. Other activities include baseball, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, yoga, nature and many more! We offer half-day programs for 3 & 4 year olds, which run from 9am -1pm. For campers 5 years old and up, the day runs from 9am-4pm.

Badger Sports Club



The Chapel School Summer Program

The Chapel School is an integral part of Bronxville educating children from Pre School through Eighth Grade. Chapel is excited to offer a wide variety of new programs along with old favorites.

CARE BEAR Camp (ages 3-6)

Our successful CARE BEAR Camp offers both AM & PM and FULL Day options. Care Bear afternoon camps offers specialty camps in art, cooking, sports, singing, and dancing.

Explorer Camp (ages 7-12)

Explorer Camp will have new exciting programs along with last years’ favorites.  Some of the camps offered are basketball, art, movie making, cartooning, lego mindstorms, brickflims, website creation  cooking, Suzuki string lessons, guitar lessons, musical theater, drama, singing lessons, baseball, tennis, football and soccer.   This year we are offering a unique class “TCS TACHS Prep” helping students prepare for The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools.  Our Adventure Camp allows campers to travel on an awesome trip each day.

Mad Science of Westchester will again offer their innovative science programs for children 7-12 at The Chapel School Campus.

For more information visit our website, and follow the link to our summer brochure or contact:


Eliza Corwin Frost Summer Camp!

Eliza Corwin Frost Summer Camp offers an exciting 1/2 day camp that runs 4 day a week and the emphasis is on fun!!

The camp combines two unparalleled resources: 

*Eliza Corwin Frost's nurturing and knowledgeable teachers 

*Eliza Corwin Frost's unique preschool facility. 

Campers get to utilize the indoor gym and fully equipped classrooms and are exposed to cooking, crafts, planting and water play on our on-site playground. 

Please call or email Mandy Macmillan-Bell for an application at 914-779-4852 or

Click here go to our website.

Tutoring Directory



Ace Tutors Aboard

Ace Tutors Aboard is a tutoring agency, founded by a Cornell University Graduate who is a NYS Certified teacher in Mathematics with over 10 years of teaching experience.

We are dedicated, Ivy League/Top College Graduates and NYS Certified Educators that serve students of every age, any subject at the convenience of your home, for very reasonable rates. Ace Tutors Aboard prides itself in successfully helping students in Westchester County and NY catch up, keep up or excel beyond classroom expectations and NY Common Core standards. In addition to helping your child increase report card grades and standardized test scores, our tutors provide inside tips and tricks with private school or college applications. Find out today and call or email us for a consultation at or (914)336-1368.

Individual and group rates available.

First session FREE


EJG Educational Consulting

Tutoring, Personalized Study Programs,
Test Preparation, Admissions Assistance
4 Pondview Lane
Bronxville Heights, New York

Elena Geba




Magic Carpet Learning

Magic Carpet Learning offers one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, and math. We are open all year round, including the summer.

96 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville, NY 10708



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