We are Building Bridges for today's students to cross into tomorrow's world with Equity, Innovation and Optimism.
Our commitment is to embed the seven core competencies of Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Content Mastery and Cultural Awareness in each student, beginning at birth and continuing through college and career, to foster success on a global platform and a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.
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
Care for each other
Keep on the path to excellence
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. Visit the Village of Nyack, "Art & Soul" of the Hudson, for more information.
Our School Community
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 Nyack/Valley Cottage school community is truly a microcosm of the United States and thus provides a unique challenge and opportunity for focus on equity, innovation and optimism that benefits all our students, families, staff and community-wide sectors. The community's participation is sought for advocacy and accountability via task forces, planning committees, cultural activities and building level equity teams. Community forums, focus groups, monthly meetings and events provide consistent opportunities for engagement, both virtual and in-person. All three elementary schools and the middle school have Family Resource Centers that facilitate connection to families, school and community. Our Community Liaisons specialize in outreach to our families who speak Spanish and Haitian Creole. Partnerships with our local community-serving organizations and key stakeholders provide a network for building trust and relationships that ultimately support a common vision and shape a dynamic future for students and residents. We are proudly Nyack RedHawks. We are uniquely Nyack Public Schools.
Demographics and Profile At-A-Glance
Enrollment Total as of June 2021: 2697
- White: 43%
- Latinx/Hispanic: 28%
- Black: 16%
- Asian: 6%
- Multi-Racial: 6%
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 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
- 2021-22 Budget: $91,388,000
- Students with Free/Reduced Lunch: 37%
Achievement Highlights for 2021:
- 94% of Class of 2020 enrolled in post-secondary education
- 80% of NHS AP students received a scoring of 3-5 in AP exams
- National Merit Scholarship Achievements - 4 Commended Students
- National Hispanic Recognition Program Recipient (PSAT scores in the top 2.5% of all Hispanic takers)
- 149 Advanced Placement Scholars (students among the top 18% of the test takers)
- 19 Advanced Placement Courses
- NPS Dual Enrollment Program - Over 300 students took over 600 credits for a combined total of 2045 college credits in collaboration with SUNY Albany, RCC & STAC
- 18 Students - NYS Seal of Biliteracy with demonstrated proficiency in at least 2 languages
- 18 Athletic Teams - NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Awards (team members had combined academic averages of over 90%)
- National award-winning HS Literary & Art Magazine: Dimensions
- Visual Arts Department Virtual Gallery: Art from the Other Side of the Screen
- National Association for Music Education (NAfME): All-National Music Honors Ensemble Participant
- NEW Global Learning Commons: Grand Opening of renovated libraries at Nyack Middle and High Schools
- 40% of all staff and 100 % BOE have attended Undoing Racism Workshop with The People's Institute for Survival & Beyond as part of the District's Racial Equity Plan
- NEW BOE-adopted policy and Strategic Plan for Excellence Through Racial Equity
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 page.
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.
For Your Information
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE TIMES:
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
RACIAL EQUITY PLAN - We believe that all children are born with sufficient innate ability to achieve school tasks, and that it is our ethical and moral responsibility to ensure our school district provides an optimal learning environment that meets the needs of all students regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, first language, religion, national origin, age or differently-abled. Visit our Equity, Inclusion & Innovation Office page.
TECHNOLOGY PLAN - We are committed to a learning experience where students have individual access to technology during the entire school day and, for some students, during after school hours. Visit our Technology Department page.
K-12 GUIDANCE PLAN - Our 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 a meeting, call the Guidance Office at 845-353-7220. Visit our Elementary Guidance Office page; Middle School Guidance Office page; and High School Guidance Office page.
COMMUNICATIONS PLAN - We envision an informed and engaged community supported by a network of relationships; built on transparency and integrity; committed to the longevity and sustainability of anti-racist work; in accountability to anti-racist principles. Visit the PR & Communications Office page.
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TRANSLATION SERVICES AVAILABLE: Click on the Language Button at the top of each home page for immediate translation in almost 100 languages. Contact your Family Resource Center or Community Liaison listed on the back of the District calendar, or visit our Family Resource Center for more information.
- 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.
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 at bimonthly public Board meetings where a there is a designated time included on the agenda for citizens' proposals, questions and concerns.
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES are held formally twice a year at the elementary schools and once a year at the Middle and High Schools, as listed in the District Calendar. 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, as needed.
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. An online payment plan is available for school lunches via MyPaymentsPlus. Visit our Food Program page.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION enables families and staff to receive rapid phone calls, e-mails and text messages about important school matters and emergency situations. Help us by keeping our database current with correct contact information by calling 353-7038 with any changes to your account.
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 and announcements are posted to the alert bar at the top of the District's and each of the schools' sites.
FACILITIES USAGE Indoor and outdoor facilities may be used by civic and community groups. Fees, when applicable, are predetermined. Call 353-7033 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
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 from the Tax Assessor's Office in either Clarkstown or Orangetown.
The Public Information Office: Contact the Public Relations and Community Outreach Specialist, Lisa Mininger Retallack at 845-353-7013 for assistance. The office is located in the Central Administration Building, located at 13A Dickinson Avenue, Nyack, NY.
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• 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.
• Saturday Academy provides students, K-6 with a holistic approach and supplemental learning to boost each child's spirit and academic confidence with courses from robotics to reading and yoga.
• Waldron Terrace & Nyack Center Home Work Clubs (Click here to see brochure) 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), Heroes and Cool Kids, SADD clubs (Students Opposed to Destructive Decisions) and all initiatives, campaigns and programs sponsored by OCADA Coalition, our District partnered organization through Drug-Free School (DFC) Funding.
• Summer Music Programs in strings and band are offered for a nominal fee to students and expand the students’ musical experiences.
• Summer Kindergarten Readiness (Click here to see brochure) 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. More info can be found on the FRC Page .
• Efficacy Academy (Click here to see brochure) 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 project-based 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 (Click here to see a brochure) 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 provides for ENL (English as a New Language) learners to succeed at an early age.
• Mentoring Opportunities with SOAR (Click here to see brochure) 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.