We, the students, parents, community and staff of the Nyack School District VALUE:
…the pursuit of scholastic excellence
…the richness of our diverse community
…harmonious relationships among individuals and groups
…partnerships among students, staff, parents, and community
…respect for self, and others
…responsible ethical behavior that engenders trust
…individuals who think critically and creatively
…ongoing involvement in local and global issues
…development of essential skills and attitudes for a productive life
…a safe and nurturing environment
To embody these values, we ENVISION:
A community, proud of its traditions, that uses the richness of its diversity to meet the needs of all students and prepare them for a rapidly changing world. In a spirit of collaboration, we provide an environment that fosters scholastic excellence, cultural appreciation, and ethical behavior. Nyack is a community of lifelong learners, encouraging new ideas to shape a positive future.
Guided by our values and vision, we will STRIVE to:
⇒ Nurture a love of learning
⇒ Yield positive outcomes
⇒ Appreciate diversity
⇒ Care for each other
⇒ Keep on the path to excellence
Curriculum and Instruction
The District's Core Elements of Education are infused into classrooms and curriculum through joint commitment of administrators and staff in a growing effort to transform the educational experience of each and every one of our students. Through extensive educational, artistic, enrichment, and recreational opportunities each child is encouraged to become a well-rounded, enthusiastic learner. In all curriculum areas innovative, interdisciplinary, hands-on learning is emphasized.
Visit our Curriculum & Instruction Department for more information.
To meet diverse student needs, staff provides a team approach for students with learning difficulties and the most able students are challenged by differentiated instruction and open enrollment in honors advanced placement courses. Our programs and initiatives bolster a long-standing commitment to intervention and support for universal student success. Students are encouraged to develop understanding in a globalized society that requires skills to make positive choices in areas of conflict resolution, bias awareness, substance and sexual abuse prevention, health-related issues, and diverse family structures.
A rigorous professional development plan and curriculum revision reflect Nyack's commitment to excellence, and alignment with New York State standards. In conjunction, effective teaching strategies are reinforced via ongoing staff training provided by both the District and Nyack's own faculty-run Teachers Center.
A primarily residential community in Rockland County, Nyack's approximately 23,000 residents live in six villages and hamlets: Central Nyack, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Grandview, Upper Nyack and Valley Cottage. Situated 20 miles north of mid-Manhattan, just over the Tappan Zee Bridge, the District encompasses eight square miles that embody the best of the old and the new.
Located along the banks of the Hudson River, the District is distinguished by charming downtown shops and restaurants; small communities with local business owners; vibrant venues for music, visual and performing arts; two major shopping malls; picturesque park lands and hiking trails; a major hospital; a variety of housing options; and easy access to major transportation modes leading to a host of academic and cultural resources.
To find out more about "the Art and Soul" of Nyack, visit the Village of Nyack Official Web Site.
Nyack's rich blend of races, cultures, religions and socio-economic groups form a population mix that is both a genuine source of pride and valuable educational resource. The community's participation is sought for task forces, planning committees, cultural activities, and site based management teams. At each building, PTA groups are providing abundant enrichment and support to the schools. All three elementary schools and the middle school have Family Resource Centers that facilitate connection of families, school and community. Interaction between the District and the community is a priority, drawing all together in a partnership aimed at shaping a dynamic future for both students and residents.
To view the results and analysis of our 2016 Community Priorities Survey, Click Here
NY State Report Card
The New York State Report Card is issued annually and compares Nyack's student performance results with those in similar schools (Those with similar socio-economic make-up) over a three year period. It is both an additional evaluation tool and a planning road map.
This District continues to emphasize that excellence is not a place, but a journey. On the path to excellence there are numerous other indicators of success, such as student participation in more challenging courses. A combination of varied measures gives a more accurate profile of a District's success and each should be monitored regularly.
Enrollment Total as of 5/16: 2,994
Liberty School (K-5)
Upper Nyack School (K-5 )
Valley Cottage School (K-5)
Nyack Middle School (6-8)
Nyack High School (9-12)
Out of District Placements
- White: 48%
- Latino: 22%
- Black: 19%
- Asian: 7%
- Multi-Racial: 4%
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.1%
Average Class Size:
- (K-5) 21; (6-12) 24
- 1 mile or more for students gr. K-8
- 1.5 miles or more for students gr. 9-12
- 2016 - 17 Budget: $80,700,000
- Students with Free/Reduced Lunch: 21%
Nyack High School placed on the 5th Annual AP Honor Roll by The College Board: 2014-15
2016 graduates on to college: 91%
2015 National Merit Scholars: 2 commended students
2015 Designated Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program: 3 students
- 2015 National AP International Diploma Honor of Distinction: 1 student
2015 National Achievement Scholarship Recognition as an Outstanding Participant: 5 students
2015 Semi-Finalist in the Intel Science Student Talent Search: 1 student
18 Advanced Placement courses offered
101 Advanced Placement Scholars, who are among the top18% of the test takers
17 2015-16 Athletic teams received NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Awards – team members had combined academic averages of over 90%
For Your Information
Gr. K-5: 8:50 AM – 3:20 PM
Gr. 6-8: 8:05 AM – 2:50 PM
Gr. 9-12: 7:30 AM – 2:15 PM
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT in the schools is encouraged on all levels. Community members are invited to join shared decision-making teams at the school and District level, as well as to share their talents and experiences with our students. Input is welcomed a t bimonthly public Board meetings, or via letters or phone calls to District Offices. If you would like to volunteer in the schools, please call the building or the Public Information Office.
NEW K-12 GUIDANCE PROGRAM is being developed in the 2016-17 school year under a new Director of Guidance. Currently, the Middle School and Senior High Schools offer individual counseling for academic and social adjustment, program scheduling, post high school preparation and career guidance. Conferences can be arranged with teachers, administrators, school psychologists, social workers, nurses and the school/community counselor. Parents are encouraged to meet with counselors to discuss their child's progress and to attend pertinent evening meetings as well. To arrange afternoon and evening meetings, call the Guidance Office.
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES are held formally twice a year at the elementary schools and once a year at the Middle and High Schools (see listings). During conferences teachers report on a child's academic progress, and social development. Parents are urged to attend and share information about their child in order to promote better understanding of the student. Additional conferences may be scheduled at any time and concerns and questions should be addressed to the teacher as they arise.
TRANSLATION SERVICES AVAILABLE Si le hace falta información traducida en español, llame a Yesenia Polanco 353-7042. Si ou bezwen enfòmasyon tradui an kreyòl, rele Jocelyne Abraham nan 353-7044. Contact your Family Resource Center or Community Liaison listed on the back of this calendar. A NEW Language Button is featured on our new sites at the top of each home page. Click on it for immediate translation in almost 100 languages.
RECORDS AND RIGHTS: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) acknowledges parents’ right to know what appears in their child’s educational records. Records are available through school principals or the Guidance Office. Parents have the right to challenge record information, to place a written rebuttal in the file and to exercise some control over disclosure of records. In accordance with these rights, the Nyack Public Schools will not disclose information from students' records without prior written request of a parent or eligible (18 or over) student, except as permitted by law. A record of requests for information disclosures is maintained and may be seen by those eligible. Anyone seeking to change a record or see the complete Privacy Act should contact the Superintendent's Office.
SCHOOL MEALS, both breakfast and lunch, based on federal nutritional guidelines are served in each school. Prices are (gr. K-5) $1.00 for breakfast and $2.35 for lunch AND (gr. 6-12) $1.25 for breakfast and $2.55 for lunch. FREE OR REDUCED MEALS ARE AVAILABLE BASED ON INCOME LEVELS. Call Denise Hogg at 353-7036 for more information.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION It is important that the District has your correct phone number and/or email on file. This system enables families and staff to receive rapid phone calls and e-mails about important school matters and emergency situations. All contact information is downloaded from the District’s school data files. Call 353-7038 if you have an update or change to make in your contact information.
CLOSINGS/EARLY DISMISSAL The decision to cancel school is based upon the District’s regard for the safety of all students, walkers and those transported. Parents must have a
plan of action to follow if schools must be closed early and no one is home. The District will report closings/delays via Robo calls by 6AM. Robo phone calls and emails are
sent out to all District families and staff. Announcements are posted to the District website in the alert bar at the top of the page.
FACILITIES USAGE Indoor and outdoor facilities may be used by civic and community groups. Fees, when applicable, are predetermined. Call 353-7135 for details.
SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION According to Board policy the District will notify families that a sex offender has moved into the District when it is informed by the Police. Sign up with the Department of Criminal Justice to get a direct alert when an offender has moved into your zip code.
SENIOR CITIZENS (over age 65) who are residents of the school District are eligible for a Gold Card which entitles them to free admissions to Nyack Schools' cultural and sports events. If they do not have a gold card they can show proof of residency and also be admitted for free. A school tax exemption on a sliding scale of up to 50% of assessed property valuation is available to senior residents with an annual income of less than $18,500. Information is available directly from the Tax Assessor's Office in either Clarkstown or Orangetown.
The Public Information Office is available as a resource for all information concerning the District, Contact LISA RETALLACK (Phone: 845-353-7013, Fax: 845-353-7019) at the Administration Building with requests, comments, and suggestions.
• Before & After School Programs enrich and motivate students. STARS provides reading tutoring, enrichment programs are available at the elementary levels. Grades 6-12 have clubs, homework help and sports after school.
• Waldron Terrace & Nyack Center Home Work Clubs boost confidence and bolster skills while also strengthening communication between students and teachers in students’ neighborhoods.
• Center for Success is a learning center at the High School, staffed by faculty, where students can go for help with their studies.
• The Da Vinci Center is at the heart of a multi media program that promotes the most current media literacy. A state-of-the-art Mac Lab and 3D printers now support the work of Film and TV
Production, Media Communication, Computer Graphics and Engineering.
• Prevention Programs include DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education), led by the local police, and OCADA-sponsored clubs such as SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
Heroes and Cool Kids, Iron Will Kids, Positive Action and Teen Council.
• Summer Music Programs in strings and band are offered for a nominal fee to students and expand the students’ musical experiences.
• Summer Kindergarten Readiness ensures that incoming students who need the opportunity, can enter Kindergarten, ready to learn.
• Family Resource Centers offer a variety of free programs, support and work shops that engage families. PreSchool Literacy, ENL Outreach and Parent workshops connect community to schools.
• Efficacy Academy is a summer program that teaches “growth mindset” to raise self-esteem in 5th graders and prepares them for entering the middle school years.
• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Robotics Engineering is taught in grade K-8. STEMscopes, for K-5, provides a hands-on approach that is inquiry-based. Project Lead the Way, for K-12, focuses on engineering and projectbased problem solving to increase critical thinking.
• The Sister Schools Program at the High School is now in its 19th year of reciprocal exchanges with schools in France and Senegal. The program helps nurture respect and understanding for different cultures.
• WISE (Wise Individualized Senior Experience) provides high school seniors the opportunity to work with staff mentors on community internships or research projects allowing them to explore personal interests and careers. A daily journal and culminating oral presentation are required for credit.
• Fresh Start Alternative High School Program provides effective, comprehensive and flexible ways for students to complete courses for graduation. A smaller class size and unique physical setting provides 1-to-1 support and computer access.
• Bilingual Classes at the elementary level is piloting a way for ENL (English as a New Language) learners to succeed at an early age.
• Mentoring Opportunities with MS SOAR offer role-models for students and prevention-based support groups and activities.
• Project SEE (Student Enrichment Experiences) is a 6th grade, two-day team-building camping trip that promotes mutual respect for others.