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About South Grove


Contact Information

Principal: Mi Jung An

Main Office:  (516) 364-5810

Main Office Fax: (516) 364-4261

Dignity Act Coordinators: Marie Vasco and Sean Kiernan 516-364-2810



Mission Statement

South Grove Elementary School is committed to providing a nurturing, safe, and caring environment that cultivates strengths, embraces diversity and celebrates learning.  Our students will grow to both welcome and value education, recognizing that it not only makes future success possible, but makes them better people. 

We accomplish this mission by developing "The South Grove Family", a partnership among our teachers, parents and students because at South Grove Elementary School, “We Can Do Anything Together!”

About our School

South Grove Elementary School is located on Colony Lane in the "South Groves" neighborhood in Syosset. There are actually two school buildings that make up South Grove, the Annex which houses kindergarten and first grade classes and the Main Building with grades two to five. There are roughly 415 students in South Grove.

South Grove School is rich in its history and prides itself on maintaining the historical importance by designating a beautiful space for the Historical Society to feature photographs and memorabilia from the past. Some of our highlights include the addition of a new gymnasium in 2004 and a new time capsule "buried" in the old phone booth location.

Our students enjoy classes in art, library, music, and physical education. Yoga is one of the highlights of our grade two physical education program. South Grove has a library media center with computers, Chromebooks and more than 10,000 books. Children learn a different foreign language in each grade and have an opportunity to combine skills in music and activity during "Rhythm and Movement" class. Students in grades 3-5 are able to join our chorus and orchestra while children in grades 4 and 5 have a choice to be part of our school band. We provide an academic enrichment program for select students in grades 3-5. Our most recent addition is the ''Fab Lab," where students will engage in hands-on STEM projects.

One of the many things that makes our school so special is the abundance of lunchtime enrichment activities open to all our students. There are 10 clubs and numerous "Brown Bag" activities for the children to choose from throughout the year. "Brown Bag" activities expose students to a variety of topics such as physics, aerodynamics, etymology, sewing, and fitness. They can be facilitated by staff, guest speakers, and even students.

Another spotlight for the school is our celebration of the diverse cultures that make up the school family. International Week is the highlight of this celebration that includes international clusters, guest speakers, and a "Cluster Share." Students are able to choose from over 30 international clusters that feature customs, traditions, stories, and history of more than fifteen countries represented in our school. Our students learn what it means to show Syosset PRIDE to all members of our community. (PRIDE: Kindness, Patience, Respect, Integrity, Dignity, and Empathy)

Finally, the most important aspect of South Grove is the strong home-school connection that can be felt in all aspects of the school. The parents and families of our students are most supportive and encouraging and we are proud of the fact that we all put "kids first" when making decisions for our school. Our Compact Committee is just one example of how staff and parents work together to accomplish amazing things for the children of the South Grove community.

Our Beliefs

We believe at the South Grove School ...

  • learning should be fun
  • our school should be a safe place
  • we should maintain a respectful environment
  • children should strive for success
  • we should celebrate success
  • a positive attitude is infectious
  • a good sense of humor is essential to a healthy, productive school environment
  • our school should enable students to take "learning risks"
  • children should be encouraged to share their strengths with one another
  • our children and teachers can learn
  • there is no "I" in "team"
  • all staff members and all children make valuable contributions to the process
  • learning is a team partnership between parents, students and staff members
  • our work here is our contribution to making the world a better place
  • we can give all children the opportunity to grow intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially
  • we as educators should retool and rediscover ourselves

Thursday, February 21, 2019