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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



PCHS IB/AP Testing Schedule

PCHS AP/IB Review Sessions Happening Now

PCHS June 2024 Regents/Testing Schedule

PCHS June 2024 Regents Review Sessions Happening Now

Prepare for the Digital SAT

SAT Prep Course Cohort 2-Now Open for Registration

Port Chester High School will again be partnering with Westchester Prep to provide SAT Prep courses starting Saturday, April 6-May 25; there is NO cost to families. 

Session 1 9:00 am-11:45 am
Session 2 12:00pm-2:45pm

Each Session will consist of 15 students per class (ELA and Math) 30 combined (Total of 60 for this cohort).  It is on a 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.  Interest Form: https://forms.gle/qKesEV6JouDLP3EZ6

School News

Student Artists Win Port Chester Arts Festival’s Poster Competition

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Three talented Port Chester High School students have been selected as winners of the Port Chester Arts Festival’s poster competition. They were challenged to create a poster celebrating and promoting the town of Port Chester, the arts and the young talent residing in the community ahead of the festival, which will be held on June 1.

Sophomore Carmen Montoya earned first place and a $200 prize, sophomore Elizabeth Campos earned second place and a $100 prize, and junior Yesli Posadas earned third place and a $50 prize.

“It’s valuable for our students to connect with the art community beyond our school walls, and the PCAF competition provides them with an opportunity to continue doing that,” art teacher Erik Maniscalco said. “I’m endlessly impressed with the creativity displayed by our students at Port Chester High School and their great enthusiasm for the arts.”

The Port Chester Arts Festival celebrates the arts groups and artists that make Port Chester a creative hub, according to its website. All events on June 1 will be free and open to the public, including exhibitions, open studios, workshops, performances and pop-up installations.

The student work is displayed at www.portchesterarts.com.

Date Added: 5/24/2024

PCHS Earns Metro Award Nomination for Stage Crew

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Port Chester High School’s spring musical production of “Legally Blonde” has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Stage Crew by the 2024 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. Theater director Christina Baurle said the musical was challenging but crew members ensured the production ran smoothly.

“Legally Blonde” required hundreds of props and costume pieces to be used throughout the show, as well as nearly 30 scene shifts to be done by moving set pieces on and off the stage. In addition, the stage crew worked with minimal wing space, as well as nearly 50 people backstage between crew and cast members, to ensure all scene transitions were efficiently quick and smooth.

“The show required our actors to change into costumes rapidly and our crew members supported and organized it well,” Baurle said. “They did a fantastic job problem-solving and improving our show rehearsal after rehearsal.”

The Metro Awards shine a spotlight on exceptional musical theater productions, talented actors and actresses and devoted creative teams who take to the stage every spring in high schools in Bergen, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties, according to the awards website. Port Chester is one of 63 participating schools whose performances were evaluated by judges who attended performances and nominated schools in 36 different categories.

Baurle said she was grateful to her dedicated group of students and stage crew, as well as her assistant director Toni Ash and stage managers Kayla Castillo, Amelia Jimenez and Sophia Tellez who led the crew for performances.

“Crew, although extremely important to the success of a production, are often overlooked because they are behind the scenes and not in the spotlight,” Baurle said. “It is great that our crew gets a chance to shine with this Metro nomination and to celebrate their hard work.”

The Metro awards ceremony will be held on June 10 at Purchase College.

Date Added: 5/16/2024

Unified Basketball Fosters Teamwork at Port Chester High School

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Port Chester High School students showed off their skills during the annual unified basketball game, held in the gymnasium on May 2. The team of 16 athletes were cheered on by classmates, administrators, parents and Board members as they scored points on the basketball court.

“The Port Chester Ramily has been very supportive of the unified basketball league,” said Port Chester High School Assistant Principal Juan Sanchez, who is one of the team’s assistant coaches. “Attendance at our home games has been phenomenal and the crowd keeps our team playing at a high energy level.”

Date Added: 5/13/2024

This is the first year that Port Chester High School has participated in a unified basketball league, which is led by coach David Sheridan and assistant coaches Dejeana Peoples, Juan Sanchez and Derek Vincent. Unified athletics is a Special Olympics initiative dedicated to promoting social inclusion by joining people with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates.

“The Port Chester Rams unified basketball team reminds us that sports can bring us together and unite us all,” Sanchez said. “It breaks down barriers, challenges stereotypes and cultivates a sense of belonging for everyone involved. It also promotes cooperation, teamwork and mutual respect, enriching the experiences and perspectives of all participants.”

The team will play at home on May 21 and May 30 against Irvington High School and Rye High School, respectively, and away on May 15 and May 20 against Mamaroneck High School and Rye High School, respectively.


PCHS Debate Team Earns Medal at Business Skills Olympics

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Members of the Port Chester High School Debate team earned third place in the African American Men of Westchester 2024 Business Skills Olympics on April 25. During the competition, they presented their research on how generative artificial intelligence can augment human creativity.

The students – seniors Damian Dominguez, Jaina Gonzalez, Yazirah Handal, Ava Osorio and Damaris Ramirez – will be honored during a dinner hosted by AAMW and Morgan Stanley later in the school year, where they will each receive a bronze medal and a $100 gift card. Justin Thomas, an English teacher and the team’s adviser, said he was immensely proud of the students, their hard work and their voices.

“What struck me the most was how well they worked together, how knowledgeable they were and how prepared they were,” Thomas said. “We were the only school there that had a full posterboard of research information, which speaks to the dedication and drive of these students. They also spoke in such an informed way with the type of confidence you expect to see from seasoned veteran public speakers. Their preparation, drive, teamwork and confidence are what earned them this award, and rightfully so. They impressed everyone in that auditorium, and they truly made me and all of Port Chester so proud.”

The Business Skills Olympics is an annual high school competition in which high school student teams from throughout the county analyze graduate-level business school cases and present their solutions to selected problems.

Date Added: 4/30/2024


Port Chester High School Production, Students Earn Awards for Play

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Port Chester High School’s fall production of “12 Angry Jurors” and three students have been honored in the inaugural Eastern Student Artist Guild (ESAG) Awards, which celebrates the craft of acting at the high school level.

Seniors Nicholas Bedoya and Sebastian Gimenez received honorable mentions for Best Actors in a Drama category and junior Toni Ash earned Best Student Director. In addition, under the direction of theater director Christina Baurle, Port Chester High School earned awards for Best Drama and Best Ensemble in a Drama.

“It is nice to have an award ceremony focused on plays instead of only musicals because so many of our students are talented actors and deserve a chance to be celebrated,” Baurle said. “This year’s fall production came with its own set of challenges for the actors, including having an audience on multiple sides of the stage only a foot away from them. Our students had to focus on projecting their voices and creating authentic characters with their speech and movements.”

Baurle described Ash as instrumental in the success of the production, having served as the student director in all six shows that Baurle has directed at Port Chester High School. For the “12 Angry Jurors” play, Ash spent countless hours on character work with her peers to ensure they had a dramatic, realistic performance.

“Toni is such a strong leader and role model for our cast and crew,” Baurle said. “She excelled at working with our actors on their character motivations and monologues and always provided her feedback and thoughts on the blocking and design of the show.”

In the show, Bedoya had a challenging role of being the angriest of the jurors.

“He brought a ferocity and strength to his role as Juror #3, knowing when to powerfully present his monologues and when to begin to waver and give in,” Baurle said. “He took direction well and strove to bring his best performance.”

Gimenez had some of the longest monologues and lines of dialogue in the show as Juror #8.

“He brought a sincerity and passion to his performance and worked diligently to improve his performance throughout the rehearsal process,” Baurle said.

The actors and production will be recognized for their achievements during a ceremony on May 4 at Manhattanville College. They will receive awards that include scholarships, master classes, waved tuition fees, trophies and certificates.

Date Added: 4/24/2024