School Districts | Public Schools
Putnam County School Districts offer some of the best schools in New York State. Schools in Putnam, New York provide an outstanding education. If you are looking for excellent public schools for your children, learn about the schools within each of the public school districts in Putnam, NY. Learn about the schools in Putnam County that have been commended by the NYS Department of Education as schools of excellence. Review information about each school district in Putnam County and learn how they offer an excellent education for your child.
Find a School District in Putnam County
For example: Brewster High School is listed within the Brewster Central School District within the Town of Southeast. For ease of use, each school is listed with the school district phone number, a list of the schools within each school district, the phone number for each school, and a link to each individual school's website.
Learn about the school, the courses offered at a school, the library, and teacher pages including goals of the class, homework assignments, required books, and an overview of each class. Also learn about extracurricular activities and enrichment programs available at each school.
Putnam County has six public school districts: Brewster, Carmel, Garrison, Haldane, Mahopac, and Putnam Valley. Mahopac is the largest school district in Putnam County, educating more than 5,000 students in four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. This New York Public School District serves grades K-12.
Putnam County is credited with some of the best public schools. Find comprehensive information about the individual schools at school districts in Putnam County. Learn about grades k-12 within your town. Review school district programs from elementary school through middle school and then high school.
Each public school and school district is listed for your easy review on the Public Schools | School Districts page at School Districts, Putnam New York. Review kindergarten programs, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, BOCES, and schools that offer special programs to meet the needs of your child. Learn how successfully a school can meet the individual needs of each child by offering alternative methods of learning, options in course selection, and a broad range of educational programs for students with different life goals.
Get to know about your public and local school district. Find information about class size, pupil-teacher ratios, special education programs, and school report cards. Review school districts in your neighborhood and learn how each school may best support the needs of your child.
Six school districts in five towns are listed at School Districts | Public Schools . Read about the schools in your community. School information is displayed by town, school district(s) within a town, and schools within the district. Find your location (hamlet, town, city) and review one or more school districts that service your community. Some locations within Putnam County are serviced by public schools in more than one school district. Select your town and review the schools within your own community.
For example: Explore school districts and individual schools that service the town of Carmel. Or, perhaps you're interested in the town of Putnam Valley or the Garrison Union Free School District in Philipstown? Select a location and learn about your school in Putnam County.
Also check Putnam Demographics and demographic definitions, for a town, city, or municipality in Putnam County. Review statistics such as: expenditures per Student, students per teacher, students per Guidance Counselor, students per Librarian.
Students and Parents Perhaps you're deciding on a new home and want to learn about several school districts within Putnam County. Select the towns and communities that you are considering for your new home. If you are buying a home in Brewster, Carmel, Cold Spring, Garrison, Lake Peekskill, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Patterson or Putnam Valley find the school district for this location by selecting the community on the School Districts page at Putnam County School Districts.
Learn about individual schools within the School District. Meet the School Districts' Superintendent, Administration, Board of Education, PTA. Review each schools Report Card. Examine the programs and learning resources that each of the various schools have to offer. Once you've decided on a hamlet, town, or city that will become your home, check out your town in depth by selecting Town Information.
Superintendent's Office Learn about your district's Superintendent. The Superintendent of Schools is the Board of Education's executive officer and District's educational leader. The Superintendent advises the Board on broad direction for the academic and non-academic program and works with the staff to translate policy into action. The Superintendent also monitors programs and provides the Board information to perform their oversight function. Superintendents also provide a final level of appeal for administrative decisions.
The Board of Education is the policy-making body of the School District, responsible for the general supervision of the schools. To review the Board of Education members, policies and general information, press the School District's blue button and press the Board of Education link.
The Parent Teacher Association of a school is a non-partisan, volunteer organization that joins parents and teachers in a common enterprise to enhance the education and enrich the lives of the children. Generally, this goal is accomplished by sponsoring specific programs for the students, sharing parenting support, providing information to parents about the school and activities, and creating opportunities for administration, teachers, parents, and students to work together and communicate with one another. PTA Meetings are open to everyone. Programs cover a variety of topics and may include outside speakers as well as school or district personnel. To find out more about your school's PTA, press the School link within each School District's section, and then press the link to that school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Special Education Department
The over-riding principle by which Special Education operates is to offer services in the least restrictive environment. This means, services are provided to the maximum extent appropriate, providing an education in the same manner as it is provided to every other child, alongside peers in a general educational environment, in their home district, in their home classrooms. Only if a multi-disciplinary team concludes that a child’s needs are not being addressed in the general classroom will that child be placed in a special education setting for some part or all of the day.
Find out what programs are available in Special Education within a district. Click on individual schools and research the Special Ed department for that school. Determine if programs are available that meet your child's special needs.
Many school websites have an Athletic Department section. Learn about each school's coaching staff, teams, and the sports available within a school. Learn about the qualifications of the Director of Health, Health Services, Physical Education and Athletics.
School District websites often list job opportunities available within their district.
For employment and job opportunities, select the school district in which you are interested. Press the blue button and explore each district. For "positions available" press Human Resources or any other appropriate category within the School District menu.
Putnam residents and businesses alike recognize that their most valuable resource is human capital and invest accordingly. The county’s outstanding educational facilities provide excellence at all levels, from pre-school to post-graduate, and include technical and vocational skills development. Putnam’s school districts reflect the diversity of the county in many ways, and all share a mutual commitment to excellence and achievement. School districts vary in enrollment size, from smaller village districts to larger urban systems.
Expenditures per pupil are substantial throughout the county. Pupil/teacher ratios are kept low, and support personnel and services are extensive. Putnam continues to attract well qualified professionals to staff its schools. Many teachers are educated at the master’s level and beyond and continue to participate in ongoing professional activities.
School Districts in Putnam CountyPutnam’s school districts are in the vanguard of innovative educational concepts and programs. Involvement, commitment and support on the part of teachers, administrators, parents, local business and government leaders have created dynamic and stimulating learning environments to accommodate the plurality of needs and talents in the student population.
Brewster Central School District
Putnam County's Brewster Central School District is committed to educational excellence and the success of every student. This exurban community of 18,000 values its natural beauty, while priding itself on advancing a progressive educational agenda.
John F. Kennedy had served as a kindergarten through grade five facility until 1990 when the fifth grade was moved to Henry H. Wells Middle School to accommodate its again growing population. With the building of C.V. Starr Intermediate School in 1998, our fourth grade vacated. JFK now houses kindergarten through second grades.
C.V. Starr Intermediate School now houses grades three through five. Our teachers at C.V. Starr work as teams which allows them to share the responsibility for teaching the various subjects. The small size of our teaching teams, either 2 or 3 teachers per team, allows many of the benefits primary teachers experience in a traditional elementary model, while at the same time provides some of the specialization of a secondary model.
Henry H. Wells Middle School is located in Brewster, NY, about fifty miles north of New York City. H. H. Wells houses three grade levels: sixth, seventh, and eighth. The school has multiple computer labs and is fully wireless with Internet access.
Brewster High School is a comprehensive public secondary school for grades 9 – 12 with an enrollment of approximately 1200 students and over 110 teachers and support personnel. Academics are at the core of what we do and most students take English, Social Studies, Math, and Science through their senior year. Brewster students have been recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in all academic disciplines. Brewster High School has also grown into a regionally recognized leader in the Fine and Performing Arts, with one of the most advanced Performing Arts Centers in the region. In addition, nearly three quarters of the student body participate in interscholastic sports and/or one of our numerous clubs, honor societies, yearbook, student literary magazine, or student newspaper.
Carmel Central School District
Located just 56 miles from New York City, Carmel Central School District provides a high quality education for students within a pristine rural setting. The District encompasses 85 square miles and serves students from six towns located in two counties (Putnam and Dutchess). Our schools provide students with the necessary tools for learning, as well as a variety of educational opportunities as they grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
Every member of the school community from the Board of Education, to administration, to staff, parents, and community members work together to provide a continuously supportive setting for our students to reach their highest potential. The District offers students the unique combination of a productive learning environment and a diverse curriculum. Strong accelerated opportunities as well as early intervention programs provide the personal attention students need for academic success. Academic programs are augmented with many extracurricular activities, clubs, and athletic programs. Excellent music, art, and foreign language programs provide students with a well-balanced learning experience. There is a caring community of professionals and parents committed to a partnership that fosters quality educational experiences for all students. The uniqueness of each individual is valued and children are encouraged to become self-motivated, life-long learners and contributing members of their community.
The Garrison Union Free School District
The Garrison Union Free School District, a nationally recognized high performing school district, is an integral part of a community that values its historical significance and local culture. This unique one-building school district originally established in 1795 now serves approximately 260 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Approximately 100 high school age students in the community are also served as they have the opportunity to choose to attend Haldane H.S. or James I. O’Neill H.S. Through the generosity of supportive community members, the school building has been updated and boundaries of the school yard have expanded to include an athletic field and a 181 acre School Forest that serves as an outdoor classroom. This forest includes the site of a Revolutionary War Redoubt that was part of the defenses of West Point.
Garrison prides itself on its nurturing environment, small class sizes, full day Kindergarten program and a variety of enrichment opportunities including Foreign Language instruction beginning in Grade 3 and an accelerated math program for Middle School students. Dedicated faculty, parents, students and community members work as partners to achieve enriching educational experiences and to challenge all students to become self-motivated, lifelong learners and contributing members of society. The support of Garrison School PTA and Garrison Children’s Education Fund enriches the instructional program as they support opportunities for learning that go beyond the classroom walls.
Haldane Central School District
Haldane Central School District reflects the intimate nature of our community. With a current enrollment of 875 students, K-12, and a faculty numbering 80 teachers, the district consists of an elementary school K-5, a newly formed middle school 6-8 and, and a comprehensive four-year high school. Class sizes range from 15-25 students, a ratio that supports individual initiative and strong community values.
Cold Spring has a rich history of educational philanthropy, beginning with James H. Haldane (1818-1887). Haldane bequeathed funds to build the original Haldane School, which was located across the street from its current location. The photo above is of the old Haldane High School that was located in Tiny Tots Park in Cold Spring and was taken in 1910 photo by Frank Dalzell of Cold Spring.
The current Haldane school first opened its doors in 1936 and now serves our middle school program. The elementary wing was erected in the 1970s, and the new high school building opened its doors in September, 2005 There have been one hundred eleven graduating classes since the founding of the school district and over 3000 students who have been awarded diplomas.
Mahopac Central School District
Mahopac Central’s mission is to ensure that every student acquires the skills, knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills prerequisite to operate effectively in the broader community and lead a successful, productive life in a changing world. The district’s website is designed to share information about our efforts toward achieving this mission.
Putnam Valley Central School District
Located just an hour north of New York City, in Putnam County, Putnam Valley is a small community that is nestled in gently rolling hills near the Hudson River. Putnam Valley offers its 11,000 residents hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness and beauty, with an added cosmopolitan influence. A supportive community with extensive parental involvement, and an active PTA/PTSA, the school district supports academic excellence and a well rounded extra-curricular program. The district's three schools serve 2000 students, and its 300 teachers and staff members are known for their dedication, expertise and commitment to the students.
New York State Report Cards for Putnam County
"The New York State District Report Card is an important part of the Board of Regents’ effort to raise learning standards for all students. It provides information to the public on the district’s status and the status of schools within the district under the State and federal accountability systems, on student performance, and on other measures of school and district performance. Knowledge gained from the report card on a school district’s strengths and weaknesses can be used to improve instruction and services to students.
"The New York State Report Cards provide enrollment, demographic, attendance, suspension, dropout, teacher, assessment, accountability, graduation rate, post-graduate plan, career and technical education, and fiscal data for public and charter schools, districts, and the State."
BREWSTER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
CARMEL CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
GARRISON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
HALDANE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
MAHOPAC CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
PUTNAM VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
For more information about New York State Report Cards.