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District Offices - Hilton Central School District, 225 West Ave., Hilton, NY 14468   585-392-1000

The Hilton Central School District is a Pre K-12 public school system in New York State northwest of Rochester in Monroe County. Often noted as a destination district in this region, families choose to live in this community because of the quality of education children receive. The district is the first public school system in New York State to be designated as an International Baccalaureate district. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is offered at Quest Elementary School. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is currently being integrated into the curriculum in grades 5-6 at Northwood and Village Elementary Schools, grades 7-8 at Merton Williams Middle School, and grades 9-10 at Hilton High School. The Diploma Programme (DP) is offered in grades 11-12 at Hilton High School.
The Hilton School District has been nationally and regionally recognized for its instructional programs and outstanding faculty. Staff and students have received accolades for their academic, music and athletic achievements. Hilton High School has been named to US News and World Report's list of the Nation's Top High Schools. Merton Williams Middle School has been named an "Essential Elements Schools to Watch" by the NYS Education Department. And the Hilton School District's Music Program has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation and the GRAMMY Signature School program.

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New/Transfer Student Registration - Families of transfer students and new registrants may come to Hilton Central School District Learning Support Services Office, 225 West Ave., Hilton, NY 14468. Call for an appointment at 585-392-1000 ext. 7031/6072 -- Online: New/Transfer Student Registration forms are online or will be sent prior to the appointment.  Parents/guardians should bring: birth certificate; immunization record; child's social security number; custody and/or guardianship papers when applicable or fill out our natural parent questionnaire form; proof of residency [deed, builder's contract, rent receipt, two bills showing name and address such as utilities; and address of last school attended [copy of previous school's report card or academic record is helpful].  Each year a CENSUS is taken.  For further information, please call 585-392-1000 ext. 7031.

School Physicals and Immunizations  - All students entering kindergarten, second, fourth and seventh grades are required by New York State Education Department to have a physical exam.  This is best accomplished by your childís own health care provider.  Health Appraisals must be dated September 1 or later.  Health appraisals must be submitted to school nurse by the first 14 days of school entry.  If this is not possible call the school nurse to let her know of your intention to schedule a date with your own doctor or our school health care provider.  Immunization Requirements for entering Hilton Central Schools. For further information: NYS Health Department Immunizations

Mandated Health Screenings - New York State mandates that health related screening be completed in schools each year.  The requirements are for new entrants include vision screening, hearing screening, scoliosis.   If there are any usual findings, or cause for concern, the school nurse will contact parents.  In the event that additional evaluation is needed, a referral form will be sent home to take to your private healthcare provider.

Student Records/Release of Information to Military, etc. [FERPA]  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA] affords parents and students over 18 certain rights with respect to the students educational records. For further information from the US. Dept. of Education: US Dept. of Education FERPA  Within the school setting, FERPA continues to govern the exchange of health care information that is contained in the studentís educational record. It is not necessary to obtain a release of information from a parent or guardian in order to share such information with school staff for the purposes of insuring the best and most appropriate care for a student. For additional information, please contact the New York State School Health Services Center at (585) 349-7630.
 
Student Physicals Required  New York State Law requires physical examinations be completed in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10 as well as new entrants to the school.  Please print out this form for your pediatrician - Health appraisal Form
 
Health Information Portability and Accountability Act [ HIPAA]HIPAA regulations affect the nature of the exchange of information from the studentís health care provider TO the school. Previous informal exchanges between health providers and school health staff are no longer permitted; explicit written authorization is required from the parent or guardian in order for information to flow to the school. For example, immunization records require such authorization.
 
Kindergarten Registration - Children are eligible to enroll in Hilton Schools' kindergarten if their fifth birthday falls on or before December 1 following the start of school in September.  Hilton Central has full-day kindergarten.  To register your child, you will need: original birth certificate, proof of residency, social security card and proof of immunization are required.  Families living in the District at the time of the annual census [June] will receive registration information in the mail in early winter.  Kindergarten registration is held generally in March at each Hilton elementary school. Kindergarten Registration
 
Pre-Kindergarten program for four-year-olds in the Hilton School District began September 2007 for 64 students. The five-day a week, half-day session meets for two and a half hours per day with transportation provided by parents. Children who are turning four-years-old by December 2008 are eligible to attend. Letters to all eligible families will be mailed as soon as the program numbers are finalized. To ensure that your name and address are accurate, please call District Census and Registration at 585-392-1000 ext. 7031. Some community-based providers are offering pre-kindergarten in conjunction with the District and under all NYS laws and guidelines. Pre-kindergarten

Quest Elementary School of Choice  Applications for the the Quest Elementary School, an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, are due in late February. Letters from the Quest Elementary School of choice are mailed out in January describing the school's application process. All children who reside in the Hilton Central School District are eligible to attend Quest regardless of where they live in the District. 
 
Elementary School Attendance Boundary  The boundary line for attendance at the Village or Northwood Elementary schools is generally Rt. 261, Manitou Rd.  All residents of the Town of Greece are in the Northwood Elementary School boundary area with some additional private drives off Manitou Rd.  For further information about school boundaries, please call Census at 585-392-1000 ext. 7031. For further information about the Quest Elementary School, please call 585-392-1000 ext. 6102.  For information about Hilton's pre-school [birth to age five] screening due to a possible developmental delay, please call the Special Education Office at 585-391-1000 ext. 6054.
 
Transportation  Hilton students are bused in all grades except those students in grades 7-12 who live less than 0.9 mi. from Hilton High School or 0.6 mi. from Merton Williams Middle School within the village of Hilton. All designated walkers have sidewalks available. Application requests for transportation of non-handicapped students to private/parochial schools must be made by April 1 of each year. Child Care Transportation Request applications must be filed each year before July 1 for transportation to childcare locations other than the home. Transportation of private and parochial school students outside the District is provided up to a maximum of 15 miles.  Transportation for handicapped students is provided a maximum of 50 miles from the District.  District Director of Transportation is Fred Paye. For further information, call 585-392-1000 ext. 7400/7402 or visit Transportation Office.
 
Learning Support Services  The Hilton Office of Learning Support Services/Special Education is located in the District Offices, 225 West Ave., Hilton.  Director of Special Education is Laura Whitcomb; Director of Student Services is Maureen Thayer.  In addition there is a Committee on Special Education (CSE).   Each of Hilton's schools have Extended Committee on Special Education (ECSE), integral components in the identification and servicing of students with specialized needs within the least restrictive environment. For further information, call 585-392-1000 ext. 6055.

Safety Issues in Schools - Hilton's Security Department and youth assistants monitor the safety of the school campus everyday.  The issue of safety and security of students has taken on new dimensions in the post-Columbine and post September 11 school environment. New York State Education Department and the N.Y.S. Legislature have renewed efforts to strengthen safety and emergency planning on the part of all school districts in the state as well as increase penalties for crimes such as calling in a bomb threat to a school: Penalty for False Bomb Threat to Schools. The Hilton School District and Board of Education continually review practices and procedures from the perspective of building safety and security; student management; and presence of security personnel on a yearly basis.  The Hilton Board of Education approved a policy for using video surveillance in school buildings. For further information: Safety Issues in School
 
Freedom of Information Law [ FOIL] -  The District's FOIL officer may be reached at 585-392-1000 ext. 7043.
 
Food Service - Hilton's District-operated, award-winning Food Service program offers nutritious lunches for students in grades one through twelve every day. Hilton's food service staff prepares and serves, on the average, 2,000 lunches per day. During the school year about 350,000 lunches are served. School lunches are subsidized by the State and Federal governments to help schools keep the cost per lunch low so most students may participate in the program. Additional subsidies are available for families who are eligible for the Free-Reduced Price Meals - Application.
For further information: 585-392-1000 ext. 2152.
 
Community [Continuing] Education - Hilton's Community Education program offers a variety of courses beginning in the fall and winter. Anyone 16 years-old or older is eligible to register with preference given to Hilton School District residents, but open to everyone [no extra fee for out-of-district residents]. District residents age 55 or older may register for a GAP [Golden Age Pass] which allows free/discounted courses.  A complete listing of courses is mailed to all District residents in August and in December. Swim classes and water aerobics are offered by Hilton Community Education as well as Hilton-Parma Recreation at the Hilton Aquatic Center.  For information, call Community Education at 585-392-1000 ext. 7044/7045. 
 
Community Use of Facilities - For information on community use of Hilton School District facilities [schools, gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias, fields, etc.] please call the Assistant to the Director of Buildings and Grounds, Barbara Goodness, at 585-392-1000 ext. 7065.
 
Request to Distribute Flyers in Hilton Schools - Read District Policy on "Advertising in the Schools."  If a school or community group would like a flyer posted online, E-Flyers is available:  www.hilton.k12.ny.us/info/e-flyers.htm 
 
Hilton Schools' Volunteering - Find out how parents and community members may become involved:  Volunteering
 
Interscholastic Sports Hilton Cadets Interscholastic Sports - Hilton students may participate in interscholastic sports programs beginning in the seventh grade.  Admission fees: $2 - adults all events; $1 - students; Free - preschoolers and K-6 students if accompanied by a parent or adult; GAP pass-holders free to all home events except Sect. V events.  Sports Schedules originate with the Athletic Office at 585-392-1000 ext. 2136. Schedules online: http://www.schedulesonline.org