Welcome to the Frontier Center School District
The Frontier Central School District is located in the Town of Hamburg, along the beautiful shores of Lake Erie and in the shadow of the Peace Bridge to Canada. The District spans approximately 39 square miles in the southern portion of Erie County, New York.
Student enrollment exceeds 5,100, making Frontier one of the largest school districts in the suburban region of Buffalo, New York. Frontier Central has four elementary schools: Big Tree, Blasdell, Cloverbank and Pinehurst, which serve approximately 2,300 youngsters in Grades K-5; a Middle School serving over 1,250 students in Grades 6-8 and a High School of approximately 1,650 students. Administration and the Board of Education continue to closely monitor student population growth patterns within the geographic boundaries of the District, as new housing developments are built.
Frontier Central is committed to providing its students with a challenging, rigorous education. In order to meet the needs of all students, the District provides a variety of programs and services to effectively support the educational process. Big Tree Elementary was recognized in November 2009 as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Technology enhances student learning in a variety of ways throughout the Frontier Central School District. Integrated into the curriculum, technology offers teachers and students opportunities for addressing different learning styles and multiple intelligences, alternative assessment and differentiated instruction to meet all levels of students’ needs.
Each of the District’s four elementary schools offer a nurturing, caring, child-centered environment that foster strong academic success. Emphasis is placed on developing higher -order thinking and application skills to apply knowledge to real-life situations and act in a responsible, respectful manner.
Academic intervention in core subject areas, as well as a full continuum of special education services is available for students who qualify. Most of the District’s students with special needs are included within the general education program, with special education support through an inclusion program. Full-day Kindergarten, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs as well as a state-certified Before and After School Program are offered.
Frontier Middle School staff work with students to help them develop greater responsibility and independence as learners. An interdisciplinary approach to instruction provides students with numerous opportunities for academic success, as they are prepared for the rigors of high school. Students at the Middle School follow a challenging curriculum and are encouraged to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities including athletics and the arts.
Students attending Frontier High School are offered a comprehensive program of academics, business, fine arts and vocational programs. Advanced Placement Courses are offered in a variety of academic areas. The option of an individualized accelerated program is available to students who excel in an academic area or the fine arts. A wide variety of electives are also available in each of the school’s 13 department areas.
The collective accomplishment of a graduating class is often viewed as an indicator of a strong, highly successful school district. The Frontier Class of 2010 reflects continuous improvement in the District’s instructional program. Many 2010 Frontier graduates elected to attend Western New York colleges. However, a number of students are attending such universities as Penn State, Marquette, Loyola, Slippery Rock, John Carroll and LeMoyne University. In terms of scholarships and awards, the Class of 2012 earned a total of 724 awards.
Research indicates that students who are involved in school activities are among the most successful in life. Frontier Central offers a wide variety of extra-curricular experiences for students, including a Music Program that has been rated among the Top 100 Music School Districts in the country. In recent years, the cast and crew of the High School musicals, have won numerous awards including the coveted Kenny Award for Best Musical. Frontier Music Director Cristina Voto was selected as a recipient of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Erie County Council of Music Coordinators Award for Excellence in Music.
Frontier students successfully participated in the Annual Festival of the Arts in Hamburg, winning several awards. In addition, Frontier students have won AdCraft Advertising Design Contest awards and Frontier students have received recognition in the WNY Women’s Hall of Fame Art Contest.
Frontier’s comprehensive Interscholastic Sports Program offers the chance to compete on 32 athletic teams, filling over 1200 roster positions. Frontier High School was been honored multiple times with the prestigious New York State Good Sports Award for consistently demonstrating its commitment to sportsmanship.
Commitment to professional growth on the part of all Frontier staff is a major area of importance, ensuring that curriculum is taught to students in the most effective, rigorous manner. All new teachers receive training in Dimensions of Learning, a research based instructional model. In addition to staff development provided by the District, training is offered through the Southtowns Teachers’ Center, a collaborative partnership with the Hamburg Central School District and Hopevale Union Free School District.
Frontier operates an extensive Community Education Program, which provides an interesting mix of courses during each semester, including GED classes for adults who wish to pursue a high school diploma.
The Board of Education is proud of the District’s mission statement and core values, developed as a result of a comprehensive strategic planning initiative. Strategies for improvement focus on hiring and maintaining outstanding staff, enhanced organizational communication, strong, research-based instructional delivery and expanded community involvement.
5120 Orchard Avenue
Hamburg, New York 14075
Phone: (716) 926-1700
Fax: (716) 926-1778