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Elmont is a small unincorporated census-designated place in the town of Hempstead in Nassau County, Long Island. Considered a bedroom community, its relatively large population and total area (3.4 square miles) belies its status as a relatively sleepy suburban community. Elmont is perhaps most known as the location of Belmont Park. Every summer, from May through July, and then again from September through October, racing fans come to Elmont to play the ponies and test their luck at Belmont. The apex of the horse racing season is the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the Triple Crown event. First run in 1867, the Stakes have been run at Belmont Park since 1905. Belmont Park also holds several other key races in the horse racing season, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Woodward Stakes, the Suburban Handicap, Man O' War Stakes, the Empire Classic Handicap, and the Metropolitan Handicap. However, Elmont holds charms beyond gambling. Development after World War II saw an increase of attractive suburban tract homes, many similar to the cape style homes to the south and east of the Hempstead Turnpike. There are also some charming older, smaller shingled homes near the racetrack. Elmont is conveniently located on the border of Nassau County and Queens County. While the Long Island Rail Road station of Belmont only provides service on days in which Belmont Park holds races, the Nassau Inter-County Express system provides bus service throughout the community. Elmont is also at the junction of the Cross Island Parkway, Belt Parkway, and Southern State Parkway, providing easy transportation to Manhattan and other areas of Long Island. Students in Elmont attend kindergarten through sixth grade through the Elmont Union Free School District. Schools in this district include Alden Terrace School, Clara H. Carlson School, Covert Avenue School, Dutch Broadway School, Gotham Avenue School, and Stewart Manor School. Most students then attend Elmont Memorial Junior-Senior High School in grades seven through twelve, although a small portion of the community is zoned for Sewanhaka High School. Elmont Memorial is particularly known for its music program, which includes an orchestra, concert band, concert choir, jazz band, jazz choir, string ensemble, marching band, and annual musicals. Elmont Memorial also has a strong athletic program, including basketball, soccer, baseball, riflery and shooting, football, track and field, cheerleading, weight lifting, softball, lacrosse, gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, volleyball, golf, and bowling. Other extracurriculars include a Model UN, poetry club, mock trial, key club, National Honor Society, student government, and more.

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  • Clara H. Carlson School
  • Elmont Memorial Jshs
  • Gotham Ave School

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