Hommocks Middle School

Located in Larchmont, New York, Hommocks Middle School serves approximately 1,100 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The school serves both Larchmont and Mamaroneck, which comprise a relatively wealthy community on the outskirts of New York City. Larchmont/Mamaroneck is also home to a growing number of Hispanic families primarily from Central and South American countries. The student body is 79% White, 4% Black, 4% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 14% Hispanic (NYSED, 2004-2005). In many cases, there is a large disparity between the family income levels of the Hispanic students and their fellow classmates.

Leaders at Hommocks are committed to providing the best education for all of their students. They have become increasingly concerned about the achievement gap between Hispanic students and their peers, which widens as students progress from 6th to 8th grade. The school has recognized the need to address this concern in a systemic way and to include families in the process. They selected the PALMS tools to organize their efforts.

The PALMS team at Hommocks worked with Latino parent leaders to build a strong family outreach program to benefit all Hispanic families in the district. With generous funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, PALMS documented the school's activities.

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