District Vision

We are Building Bridges for today's students to cross into tomorrow's world with Equity, Innovation and Optimism.

Our commitment is to embed 7 core competencies - Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Content Mastery and Cultural Awareness - into the Profile of a Graduate for Nyack Public Schools. Nurturing these competencies in each student begins at birth and extends into each classroom to prepare our students for success and wellness beyond graduation on a global platform.

Mission Statement

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 

Location

Situated twenty miles north of mid-Manhattan, just over the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Nyack School District encompasses eight square miles of beautifully diverse culture and community.  A primarily residential location in the lower Hudson Valley region of 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.  

Along the banks of the Hudson River, the District is distinguished not only by geographic proximity to New York City but also by a charming downtown area of 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

The District proudly serves an involved, innovative and unique 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 both challenge and opportunity for focus on equity, innovation and optimism to benefit students, families, staff and the vast variety of sectors across the district. Community participation is invited 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 have fostered a history of engagement and facilitate critical connections for families, students and staff. Community Liaisons specialize in outreach to 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 support a common vision and ultimately shape a dynamic future for students and residents.

We are Nyack-Strong and RedHawks-Proud.

Demographics and Profile At-A-Glance

Enrollment Total as of June 2022: 2730

Demographics:

  • White: 41%
  • Latinx/Hispanic: 30%
  • Black: 15%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Multi-Racial: 7%
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native: <1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: <1%

Average Class Size:

  • (K-5) 21; (6-12) 24

Transportation Eligibility:

  • 1 mile or more for students gr. K-8
  • 1.5 miles or more for students gr. 9-12

Fiscal Facts:

  • 2022-23 Budget: $100,159,000
  • Students with Free/Reduced Lunch: 38%

Achievement Highlights for 2022:

  • 94% 4-Year Graduation Rate, Class of 2022
  • 1:1 Computer Devices for 100% of K-12 students
  • National Merit Scholarship Achievements - 3 Finalists; 11 Commended Students in 2022
  • 41 HS/27 MS students honored for Black Achievement & Hispanic Heritage Awards in 2022
  • 19 Advanced Placement Courses; 92 AP Scholars in 2022
  • NPS Dual Enrollment Program - 24 College Courses; 7 College Partners: SUNY Albany, SUNY RCC, STAC, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse Univ., University of New Haven, Wentworth
  • 20 Students in 2022- NYS Seal of Biliteracy  with demonstrated proficiency in at least 2 languages
  • 17 Athletic Teams - NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Awards  (team members had combined academic averages of over 90%)
  • National award-winning HS Literary & Art Magazine: Dimensions
  • Celebrated Visual Arts Department and DaVinci Center for Film
  • NEW Global Learning Commons, fully renovated, state-of-the-art libraries, in all five schools
  • 40% of staff & 100% BOE have attended Undoing Racism Workshop with The People's Institute for Survival & Beyond or Getting to the Root with Center for Safety and Change as part of the District's Racial Equity Plan
  • National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) Digital Media Award for Distinguished Achievement: Strategic Plan for Excellence Through Racial Equity Visual Synopsis

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.

Strategic Plan for Excellence Through Racial Equity

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 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 facilities@nyackschools.org with specific questions. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS & INFORMATION:  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. 

VISIT Let's Talk!  with your questions, comments, concerns or suggestions.

Program Sampler

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), 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 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. 

Summer Academy is a summer program that teaches and reaches the whole child to raise self-esteem in education for eligible students, K-5.

STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, 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.

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.

Project SEE (Student Enrichment Experiences) is a 6th grade, two-day team-building camping trip that promotes mutual respect for others.