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Port Chester High School

Address: One Tamarack Road, Rye Brook, NY 10573‑2407
Main Office: 914‑934‑7950
Fax: 914‑934‑2998
Principal: Luke Sotherden
Asst. Principals: Diantha Barone, Crystal Chandler, Juan Sanchez

 

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Contact the Attendance Office

Please call (914) 934‑7956 or (914) 934‑7958, or email the attendance office to report your child's absence form school.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to cultivate a student centered learning environment that nurtures well-rounded, inquisitive, life-long learners whose values include respect for self and others.

Port Chester High School is an institution that students and staff are proud to call home. A culturally diverse student body is one of our greatest strengths, and together, we look to build on the school's legacy and rich traditions.

A dynamic administrative team leads a school community that is focused on teaching and learning. Students are supported by professionals who value the importance of academic achievement and are dedicated to ensuring that students receive the highest quality education possible. Everyone here feels part of a team whose mission is to help students do their best by creating a positive atmosphere that permits students to learn and teachers to teach.

Over a third of our students successfully complete at least one Honors, Advanced Placement or college level course at PCHS. We are one of the few Westchester high school authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. College-level courses are offered in cooperation with the Westchester Community College Advanced College Experience Program and SUNY Oneonta.

Outside of the classroom, we offer opportunities for students to develop and grow through participation in numerous athletic, musical and other venues. In the pulsing beat of the award-winning marching band one hears the drumming of the heart of this school. As our athletes race across field and court, one feels the adrenaline rush of Ram Pride. And in art, choir, theater, journalism and a multitude of extracurricular opportunities, students rise to challenge their potential and broaden themselves.

About one-third of our students participate in at least one sport. Our student athletes have won league championships in football, soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball and track. In addition, we possess a nationally recognized cheer leading program. Award-winning theater, band and choral programs continue to be a tremendous source of pride. Literacy publications showcase our students' journalistic talents, and the number of other clubs and numerous honor societies demonstrates the well-roundedness of our student body.

In "Hamlet", Shakespeare wrote, "We know what we are, but know not what we may be." It is this discovering and uncovering of all of our potentials that is at the heart of education and the essence of Port Chester High School.

 

School Updates

Westchester County and Section 1 Athletics, in partnership with RISE Westchester County, will be having a Zoom Section 1 Boys and Girls Basketball Players and Coaches RISE Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 5-6:15 p.m. for Section 1 boys and girls basketball players and coaches. The workshop, “Identity and Perspective talking” will focus on uniting youth to break barriers, build trust and create pathways for positive communication. RISE is a national non-profit that works with high school and collegiate athletes, as well as major sports leagues including the NBA, NFL and WNBA. To find out more information about RISE, visit WWW.risetowin.org

 

Attention Class of 2024 and Parents! 

If you are planning to attend a college/university in the Fall of 2024, this is for you! The 2024-2045 Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and NYSTuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications are now open. The Port Chester High School Counseling Department is happy to announce that we will be hosting a February FAFSA Event. We have partnered with colleges and community organizations to facilitate many opportunities for families to receive assistance with completing the FAFSA and TAP applications. Bilingual Assistance will be available to all families. The following sessions are available and require you to register in advance.

Latino U College Access (LUCA)
*February 8, 2024 | 6:00 pm-10:00 pm at PCHS
Register with the link: LUCA FASFA BOOTCAMP

Westchester Community College
*February 12, 2024 | 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at PCHS, Register by calling 914.934.7964/7965/7966
Any Wednesday 10 am-5 pm at WCC, Walk-In

Monroe College
January 20, 2024 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 27, 2024 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
February 3, 2024 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
February 10, 2024 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Monroe College, New Rochelle
Register with the link: FAFSA with Monroe College

Port Chester, George Washington Carver Center
February 20, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
February 21, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
February 22, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Register with the link: FAFSA with Carver Center

Necessary Steps to be successful:

  1. Make an appointment for FREE 
  2. It is mandatory to have a FSA ID number for both student and parent, before your scheduled appointment. Create your ID at Create your FSA ID
  3. Both parents and students are required to attend the scheduled appointment.
  4. You must bring your filed tax papers for the 2022 tax year.

*These sessions require families to bring a working laptop or Chromebook.

As a part of our department's vision and goals, we look forward to supporting you through this part of the College Selection Process. For additional information, please see the attached flyers. You can also visit our Counseling site for other college, financial, and scholarship resources at Post Secondary Planning Resources. If you have any questions, please reach out to the School Counseling Department.

 

Family Conference Parent Letter

 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Information

SAT Prep Course Offering

Port Chester High School will be partnering with Westchester Prep to provide SAT Prep courses starting Saturday, January 27th-March 2nd; there is NO cost to families. We will be offering seven Saturday sessions and one weekday session-prior to the March SAT Exam. Students enrolled must attend all classes.

Session 1 9:00 am-11:45 am and Session 2 12:00pm-2:45pm (Saturdays 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2 and a weekday session TBD week of 3/4)

Each Session will consist of 15 students (Total of 30 for this cohort). Students will receive 75 minutes in Mathematics and 75 minutes in ELA. Registration is on first come basis. Please use this form to record your interest, and we will email you at the address provided on the form to confirm your enrollment in the course. This form will expire when we have reached our cohort capacity. However, we will be running a second Cohort in the spring, prior to the June SAT exam. Information about that cohort will be sent at a later date.

SAT Interest Form


School News

Two PCHS Singers Perform at Lincoln Center

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Port Chester High School senior Jeferson Arriaza and sophomore Jordan Rivera performed with the Manhattan Concert Productions Broadway Series production of “Children of Eden” at the iconic David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center on Feb. 18.

The students were part of a chorus of more than 350 talented singers from across the nation that included a star-studded cast and a renowned creative team, accompanied by the acclaimed New York City Chamber Orchestra. The experience was led by Broadway veterans Tony Yazbeck as stage director and Kimberly Grigsby as music director.

“It is a significant honor for Port Chester to be represented on such a prestigious stage alongside International Broadway stars and industry professionals,” choral director Jonathan Pereira said.

Arriaza and Rivera were selected to participate in the concert after they submitted an audition video. They also engaged in long, rigorous rehearsals with Broadway professionals.

“Their commitment to excellence is evident in their diligent rehearsal attendance, willingness to take on challenging repertoire, and their ability to collaborate effectively with their peers,” Pereira said.

Date Added: 2/28/2024

Port Chester Students Awarded Prestigious National Honor Society Scholarship

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Port Chester High School seniors Ava Osorio and Melody Sapione, who are members of the National Honor Society, have been selected as recipients of NHS scholarships. They earned the scholarships for demonstrating work that supports the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character.

“I am so incredibly proud,” NHS adviser Emily Macchia said. “They both truly work hard and serve their communities well. The scholarship is very well deserved.”

Since the program was founded in 1921, it has been recognizing some of the most exceptional student leaders who have made a difference in their schools and communities. The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and awards scholarships to outstanding students to support college access and student success.

Osorio is the senior vice president of the Student Council, president of the Debate Club, senior editor of the Port Light school newspaper, president of the Film Club, a history and sociology tutor in the Peer Tutoring Club, and treasurer of the local chapter of the National Honor Society. In addition, she is a member of multiple clubs and honor societies, including Key Club, Model United Nations, Mu Alpha Theta and National Spanish Honor Society. In her community, she volunteers at her high school and local church. She has also attended conferences and programs at local universities focused on law and leadership. Recently, she interned in the local court to assist the judges and court clerks. She plans to study prelaw in the fall.

Sapione is the president of the Peer Tutoring Club, an executive editor of the Port Light school newspaper and co-founder of the Port Chester Sound A Capella Group. Within the community, she is a founder of the food pantry at the Chinese Alliance Church of Westchester, where she has trained 25 volunteers. She is a coauthor and researcher at a local nonprofit that studies diversity in data science and a Seeds of Fortune: Yale Women in Economics Scholar and an online tutor for students in under resourced areas. Sapione has also volunteered at a refugee camp in Georgia and is a recent recipient of the highly competitive Coca-Cola Scholar Scholarship. She plans to study international relations and economics in the fall.

Date Added: 2/20/2024

Talented Port Chester Students to Perform at All-County Festivals

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Sixteen students from the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District have been selected to perform with All-County music ensembles by the Westchester County School Music Association for its 2024 festival concerts in March.

“Being selected to perform in Westchester’s All-County Music Festivals is a momentous musical honor,” Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Katherine Sinsabaugh said. “Students go through a rigorous selection process. Our students competed against the best music students in Westchester County. We are very proud of our students and their hard work.”

John F. Kennedy Elementary School fifth graders Valentina Tiu and Sarah Salcedo, Thomas Edison Elementary School fifth graders Michael Calle and Gabriella Diaz, King Street Elementary School fifth graders Emma Weinstein and LJ Sherwood, Park Avenue Elementary School fifth graders Ethan Horwitz and Jacob Perez, and Port Chester Middle School sixth graders Olivia Klauck and Isabella Sanchez, seventh grader Scarlet Virella and eighth graders Melquisedec Gonzalez and Annalise Gouedy have been selected to perform with the All-County choir.

Port Chester Middle School eighth graders Laila Builes and Ryann Onofrio-Franceschini have been selected to perform with the Intermediate All-County band, and Port Chester High School junior Camilo Mamani has been selected to perform with the All-County Jazz band.

The All-County Band concert will take place on Saturday, March 9, at 5 p.m. at New Rochelle High School. The All-County Chorus concert will take place on Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at New Rochelle High School. The All-County Jazz concert will take place on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Hammocks Middle School.

Date Added: 2/20/2024

Senior Earns Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship

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Port Chester High School senior Melody Sapione is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship. She is among 150 distinguished students who were selected from a pool of 103,800 applicants to receive a $20,000 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to high school seniors. They are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. As part of the selection process, Sapione participated in an interview with the regional interview committee, which was comprised of a Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation staff member and previous scholarship recipients.

According to the program, the Foundation has provided 6,900 students with more than $84 million in scholarships in the last 36 years. As a winner, Sapione will attend a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in April with the other scholarship winners.

Date Added: 2/16/2024

Senior Named Semifinalist in Scholarship Competition

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Port Chester High School senior Orhan Eski has been named a semifinalist in the highly competitive Cooke College Scholarship Program. He is among 558 high school students to have been selected by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The program provides high-achieving high school seniors with financial aid and the opportunity to graduate from an undergraduate institution with as little debt as possible. According to the organization, this year’s Cooke College Scholarship semifinalists were selected from the largest pool the foundation has received to date. Students are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others and leadership.

“What makes Orhan an outstanding student is his ability to genuinely embody academic excellence, musical talent, athletic dedication, generosity and kindness,” school counselor Denise Bonilla said. “We are all very proud of Orhan's achievements and are excited for him.”

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.

Date Added: 2/7/2024

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