Community Education
Community Education

Department of Community Education
140 Shepherd Street
Rockville Centre, New York 11570
(516) 255-8953 FAX (516) 393-5254

Director of Project Great
Nicole Gigante

Coordinator of Summer Pre-K Program
Chris Zappia

Secretary for Project Great
Amy Abbey

Summer Program Principal
Keith Eckert

Secretary for Community Education
Amy Abbey

Adult Education

The purpose of the Adult Education Program is to provide meaningful, educational and enriching activities to adults in the community. The Adult Education Program offers courses to a wide range of age groups. We offer a variety of classes including, but not limited to: arts/crafts, computer programs, fitness, Seniorversity courses for senior citizens and special interest courses for adults of all ages.

Winter Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE)

The Academic and Cultural Enrichment Program is an opportunity for students in grades K-8 to explore their interests and have fun while learning. The ACE Program is held at South Side Middle School for a series of six Saturday morning sessions during the winter months. All classes are in session from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Students choose two classes in the following categories;  Art, Cooking, Fitness, Music, Science and Technology.


Regents Review

The Regents Review program runs for five weeks in the months of May and June.  Classes meet twice a week for an hour and a half each. All of our classes are taught by  knowledgeable New York State licensed, active teachers in their respective subjects.


Summer Pre-K

The Rockville Centre Pre-K program provides a framework for supporting the developmental needs of incoming kindergarteners, while providing ample opportunity to socialize during play. The curriculum includes activities that focus on fine and gross motor coordination, language development, listening skills, number awareness, and opportunities for social and emotional development. These foundational skills are achieved through routines such as: morning meetings, read aloud, and hands on learning  connected to our theme of “Under the Sea”. Classes are grouped to allow students to meet new friends from not only their home elementary building, but other buildings within the district. The program is designed to be beneficial in preparing children for a smooth transition to Kindergarten in September. Each year, Parents/Guardians are invited to spend part of the morning observing their children in action at the Pre-K Visitors' Day.


Project Great 

Project Great is a before and after school care program offered to all elementary students. Project Great provides a safe, caring environment where children’s educational, social and emotional needs come first. The Staff is comprised of RVC Teachers, TA’s and Aides and there is a 10:1 student to adult ratio. One of the many great aspects of Project Great is that the program takes place in your home school. The after school program offers homework help and a healthy snack. The morning program offers hot breakfast options and play time.


Summer Enrichment Program 

The Rockville Centre Summer Program provides an opportunity for students grades K-8 to participate in a wide array of fun and educational programs.  Courses are designed for specific age groups, focusing primarily on K-2, 3-4, and 5-8.  Many diverse and fun courses are offered, including cooking classes, music and art classes, and physical activity classes, just to name a few.  Instructors design the courses around appropriate activities for each age group.  Students come for the three-hour experience and each day participate in 3 different classes.  It is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore their interests, try out new activities, and engage in social activities with their peers.