These Are the Top 3 Public School Districts in Each Hudson Valley County

Plus, how they stack up nationwide.

Students from Castletown Elementary in Rensselaer.

Photo courtesy of Schodak Central School District

Top Public School Districts

New York State has a total of 733 school districts and 4,447 public schools. Here is a look at the top three school districts in each Hudson Valley county, and how they stack up statewide, according to the Niche website.



1. Bethlehem Central School District; 47th

2. North Colonie Central School District; 50th

3. Guilderland Central School District; 123rd


1. Chatham Central School District; 240th

2. Germantown Central School District; 342nd

3. n/a


1. Spackenkill Union Free School District; 79th

2. Arlington Central School District; 85th

3. Red Hook Central School District; 106th


1. Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District; 250th

2. Coxsackie-Athens Central School District; 328th

3. Hunter-Tannersville Central School District; 341st


1. Cornwall Central School District; 77th

2. Monroe-Woodbury Central School District; 127th

3. Tuxedo Union Free School District; 145th


1. Haldane Central School District; 73rd

2. Carmel Central School District; 132nd

3. Brewster Central School District; 133rd


1. East Greenbush Central School District; 162nd

2. Schodack Central School District; 182nd

3. Troy City School District; 315th


1. Suffern Central School District; 26th

2. Nyack Union Free School District; 68th

3. South Orangetown Central School District; 71st


1. New Paltz Central School District; 95th

2. Onteora Central School District; 165th

3. Marlboro Central School District; 307th


1. Edgemont Union Free School District; 5th

2. Scarsdale Union Free School District; 6th

3. Rye Neck Union Free School District; 10th


Ranking according to Niche’s 2018 Best Schools list. For methodology, go to


Photo by Erin Schaff

Top Private High Schools

The following schools were in the Top 100 on Niche’s list of Best Private High Schools in New York.


No. 8 Hackley School, Tarrytown

No. 9 Rye Country Day School, Rye

No. 11 Emma Willard School, Troy (pictured above)

No. 21 The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry

No. 33 French-American School of New York, Larchmont

No. 36 EF Academy, Thornwood

No. 44 The Ursuline School, New Rochelle

No. 45 School of the Holy Child, Rye

No. 47 The Albany Academies, Albany

No. 53 Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle

No. 55 Millbrook School, Millbrook

No. 57 Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie

No. 59 Thornton-Donovan School, New Rochelle

No. 65 Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie

No. 72 The Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson

No. 75 Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling

No. 76 Rockland Country Day School, Congers

No. 77 The Harvey School, Katonah

No. 82 Westchester Hebrew High School, Mamaroneck

No. 89 The Doane Stuart School, Rensselaer

No. 96 Academy of the Holy Names, Albany

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