Curriculum & Instruction

Dina Reilly
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction 
Phone: (516) 390-3119

Welcome to the West Hempstead Curriculum and Instruction Page
As reflected in our vision, the West Hempstead School District is committed to developing a lifelong quest for learning across our grade levels and educational continuum. By promoting academic excellence through equitable opportunities for all students, our school district employs innovative strategies which engage students to become active participants in their learning process. The cornerstones of a twenty-first century education are critical thinking, continuous improvement, application, and persistence. These key factors will prepare our students to meet the challenges of college, career, and life experiences.

We continue to recognize the importance of creating individualized learning pathways for all students in the West Hempstead School District.  We are excited to further expand our elementary inquiry-based programs into our secondary grades with the opening of the West Hempstead Secondary School in September of 2022. In keeping with our goals of challenging all students to reach their greatest potential, we are pleased to announce that beginning with this year’s eighth grade cohort, our students will take the Algebra 1 course and be prepared to take this Regents examination in June of their eighth-grade year. Thus, allowing students to complete their pre-requisite courses for graduation earlier in their high school career and allowing them to pursue elective and college-credit bearing courses.  Additionally, we offer a robust array of courses to our secondary students who wish to pursue areas of interest or passion. Among these are: SUPA Personal Finance, African American History, and Statistics.

Our teachers, in grades K-12, will continue to support our students with their emotional-social development. This year we will continue to work with the Habits of Mind in grades K-12. Our students will delve deeper with these sixteen habits exhibited by highly successful individuals in order to ensure academic and personal success.

We are pleased to continue our partnership with Nassau Community College Concurrent Dual Enrollment for twelfth-grade students who wish to fulfill their high school diploma requirements while enrolling in the college level courses on the NCC campus. This innovative program allows student to earn up to 36 credits towards a degree. These credits are accepted at all SUNY institutions of higher learning.

The West Hempstead School District remains fully dedicated to collaborating with our teachers, students, administrators, and parents in creating meaningful learning opportunities while developing an appreciation of the arts. We recognize the value in creating an extensive professional development program which supports our teachers and staff to realize their greatest potential both inside and outside the classroom. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 516- 390-3119 or via email at I look forward to our continued partnership on behalf of our students and our community.

Warmest Regards,
Dina Reilly