White Plains is a U.S. city in the state of New York. It is the commercial hub and the seat of Westchester County, an affluent suburban county that is home to almost one million people, just north of New York City. White Plains is located in south-central Westchester, with its downtown about 7 miles (11 km) east of the Hudson River and 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Long Island Sound. It is bordered to the north by the town of North Castle, to the north and east by the town/village of Harrison, to the south by the town/village of Scarsdale, and to the west by the town of Greenburgh.
As of 2011, the city’s total population was estimated to be 57,258, up from 56,853 at the 2010 census. According to the city government, the daytime weekday population is estimated at 250,000.
The White Plains Public School System, with a 2006 enrollment of over 6,000 pupils, maintains five elementary schools (grades K-5), two middle schools (6–8) and one high school (9–12), as well as auxiliary facilities including a pre-kindergarten program, a community school (grades 7–12), adult and continuing education, and a program for school-age patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which campus is located in the city.
Since 1988 the district has operated under a Controlled Parents’ Choice Program, whereby the parents of elementary and middle school children can select the school which their child attends based on factors other than proximity to the school.
The five elementary schools, and to a lesser extent, the two middle schools, in addition to teaching core competencies, have different educational focuses including science & technology, communication arts and global understanding. The primary distinction between the two middle schools is the number of pupils enrolled. The smaller “Eastview” Campus has about 1/3 the number of students as the “Highlands” campus. There are about 1100 students at Highlands and only about 400 at Eastview.
White Plains Senior High School, built in the late 1950s on a 72-acre (29 ha) campus, serves all public school students in grades 9–12. The school has a swimming pool that overlooks a small valley which included the track and football field. The White Plains Recreation Department worked in cooperation with the schools to offer many programs.
The district is governed by a seven-member Board of Education, elected at-large for staggered three-year terms. A school superintendent reports to the Board.
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