The community of East Meadow is home to about 40,000 residents inside the larger community of Hempstead on Long Island. East Meadow's nine public schools are operated by the East Meadow Union Free School District, which was organized in 1814 under the name "Brushy Plains," and at one time was the third largest school district in New York State. The first school building was on Front Street where the East Meadow Public Library building stands today.
East Meadow’s award-winning schools are staffed by teachers and administrators who are recognized for excellence in their field, and many East Meadow students earn scholarships and other academic recognition throughout the course of their education.
Steps to Learning is the official newsletter of the East Meadow School District and helps keep parents up-to-date on developments and events within the school district. The East Meadow Board of Education also sponsors adult learning programs at East Meadow High School. It is a diversified education program that includes many course offerings.
East Meadow offers five elementary schools: Barnum Woods, Bowling Green, George H. McVey, Meadowbrook and Parkway. There are two middle schools in the town, Woodland and W. Tresper Clarke; and there are two high schools, East Meadow High School and W. Tresper Clarke High School.
Academic departments within the East Meadow Union Free School District are Art, Literacy and Funded Programs, Response to Intervention, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Math & Science, Music, Physical Education, Health & Athletics, Special Ed & Pupil Personnel, Testing, Academic Intervention & Technology.
The district’s seven-member Board of Education is elected by the registered voters of the district. Board members serve for three-year terms without pay and are responsible under state law for establishing the policies governing the operation of the East Meadow Schools. Residents are invited to attend School Board work sessions.
East Meadow is also home to Safety Town, a popular attraction located at Eisenhower Park which teaches children about traffic safety. Children are taught about the rules governing pedestrians and bikers sharing the road with motorists.