The Miller Place School District is located on the north shore of Suffolk County, approximately 65 miles east of Manhattan. The district includes all of Miller Place and part of the community of Sound Beach. The area encompassed by the district is six and two-thirds square miles, with a population of approximately 15,000. The school system is an integral part of the community, and works with many community organizations.
Miller Place is a community of long standing, with several homes predating the Revolution and as such, constitutes a Federal Historic District. The area developed very slowly, and it was not until the mid 1960’s that the community population began to increase substantially. The growth occurred through the construction of a large number of one-family homes. By 1972, the school enrollment was large enough to justify Miller Place having its own high school which opened that year and held its first graduation in 1975.
The community is primarily residential in nature, with little industrial development and some shops and shopping centers. The economic base of the school district is concentrated in private, attractive and well-kept homes.
Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College and the Stony Brook Museums are all located within a short distance of the district, providing the opportunity for varied cultural and intellectual experiences. There are several modern hospitals nearby, including the Stony Brook Medical Center.
Miller Place is readily accessible from all parts of the metropolitan area. The Long Island Expressway, Northern State parkway, Long Island Mac Arthur Airport, Long Island Rail Road, and the Port Jefferson and Bridgeport Ferry Company are all within reasonable distances.
The district operates two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The buildings were all constructed in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, with the exception of the North Country Road Middle School, which was erected in 1937, and has had several additions. The central office facilities are housed at 7 Memorial Drive. The buildings and grounds provide an excellent setting for the quality educational programs offered by the district.
The varied educational needs and interests of the district are served by a well-trained and dedicated professional staff, and support staff. In addition to the Superintendent, there is a Deputy Superintendent, an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, School Business Official, four Building Principals, six Assistant Principals, and two Deans of Students. The governance of the district consists of a five member Board of Education, each elected at large for a term of three years.
The educational programs and services offered at Miller Place reflect a quest for scholastic excellence, combined with a genuine respect and concern for the worth and development of the individual students. The curriculum is aligned with New York Standards and provides numerous educational opportunities through enrichment programs and BOCES placement. In addition to its strong academic traditions and offerings, Miller Place offers an after school program of clubs and sports at the secondary level. The Miller Place School District is proud of its academic record; 95% of Miller place graduates attend college. In addition, Miller Place School District ranks among the top schools in the nation as a challenge school.