Principals' Promise Academy

Port Chester Schools announces ‘Principals’ Promise Academy’ at Port Chester High School

The Port Chester School District is pleased to launch the Principals’ Promise Academy at Port Chester High School. This Academy was created for students whose lives have presented them with obstacles which have impeded their success. This program allows them a second chance to meet their graduation requirements.

The Principal’s Promise Academy provides a small group of 11th and 12th grade students the necessary tools to either return to a traditional schedule/setting, and/or complete their high school requirements in a smaller classroom setting with several other supports in place. 

“Students who have traditionally experienced difficulties at school, often need a differentiated approach and the commitment and guidance of caring adults,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez said. “This program will offer an opportunity for our students who are struggling to engage in their education in a novel way and to feel a special connection to their school and a responsibility for their academic journey.”

“The goal of this program is to meet our students where they are at, in order to produce high school graduates who are college and career ready and who have been presented with the opportunity to learn about the necessary life/social and emotional skills to become productive and contributing citizens to the Port Chester community,” the Superintendent continued.

While ensuring their academic success, the goal of the Academy is also to help students prepare for post-secondary education and/or employment. Students who attend this Regents-based program, which is on a different schedule and includes nontraditional supports, will receive strong academic and social-emotional support. 

For the Academy, students will be required to be at the high school by 9 a.m. However, they are welcome to arrive as early as 7 a.m. and will work at their own pace to complete their academic assignments for that day. Students will also participate in a Social and Emotional/Mindfulness program to help them learn techniques to combat stress and anxiety, manage impulsivity, and rebuild their self-confidence to prepare them for life after high school.

“It is my goal to promise these students a helping hand in their endeavor toward a successful and fulfilling life after high school,” Principal Luke Sotherden said. “I am thankful for the teachers, administrators, teaching assistants, and other staff at Port Chester High School who are surrounding these students, who they care so much about.”


In addition to this academic program and the SEL support, the district plans to begin small internship experiences for students, when COVID infection rates are back under control.