Port Richmond High School

Port Richmond High School


Port Richmond High School is a progressive, community-based school with a warm and inviting atmosphere for students, parents and staff.  Our school is comprised of small learning communities which provide our students with a personalized learning environment and showcases our students’ diverse interests and abilities.  Our programs include the Gateway Math and Science Honors program, The Collegiate Honors Academy, The Culinary Arts Academy, The TV/Media Arts Academy and the Institute of Business, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship and Technology. Our ninth graders enjoy the family atmosphere fostered in the acclaimed Freshman Academy. All students are eligible to participate in sports teams, extracurricular activities, our music program and our Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. 


Timothy M. Gannon, principal- tgannon@schools.nyc

Suzanne Woodward, assistant principal of music- swoodman@schools.nyc.gov

Francis Scarano, music teacher- fscarano@schools.nyc.gov

Joseph Curran, music teacher- jcurran2@schools.nyc.gov


Goal One: Strengthen the rigor of the Music Department by raising the individual and group level of proficiency in our instrumental music classes, with an eye towards the positive impact this will hopefully have on boosting enrollment in the school.

Goal Two: Build a rigorous, sequential dance program in which students will learn traditional ballet, modern and jazz techniques, but which will also include offerings in cultural dance forms in order to more fully respond to and reflect the school's student community. The school hopes that adding this art form to its course offerings will also support student enrollment efforts.


Goal One: ETA will help the school invest in updated instruments and equipment; technology to record and develop a more complete library of music, teaching, and performances; and professional development for the music teachers so that their teaching is elevated across all instrument sections and proficiency levels.

Goal Two: The school will begin by sparking interest with a residency for underclassmen. The school anticipates hiring a full-time dance teacher in Year 2 to then start developing curricula and rolling out a new class in the sequence each subsequent year. ETA will support the new teacher with ongoing PD and inter-visitations as needed, as well as seeding an inventory of costumes and performance materials.


Goal One & Two: Dancewave will conduct all professional learning and workshop residencies.


Goal One: The investment in non-consumable equipment and teachers' professional development will have reinvigorated the foundation of the music program. Following the Four Year Plan, teachers will continue their cycles of planning and refining their lesson plans,using this stronger foundation as an effective jumping-off point.

Goal Two: The new dance teacher position will be integrated into the school's annual budget, ensuring that the program will continue to have an in-school leader. 

Four-Year Plan will be completed in Spring of 2020.