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; 42nd

2. North Colonie Central School District; 52nd

3. Guilderland Central School District; 127th


1. Chatham Central School District; 212th

2. Kinderhook Central School District; 374th

3. Germantown Central School District; 384th​


1. Spackenkill Union Free School District; 60th

2. Rhinebeck Central School District; 115th

3.  Arlington Central School District; 118th


1. Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District; 195th

2. Coxsackie-Athens Central School District; 358th

3. Hunter-Tannersville Central School District; 396th


1. Cornwall Central School District; 97th

2. Warwcik Valley Central School District, 111th

3. Monroe-Woodbury Central School District; 121st


1. Haldane Central School District; 107th

2. Carmel Central School District; 123rd

3. Brewster Central School District; 161st


1. East Greenbush Central School District; 135th

2. Schodack Central School District; 150th

3. Averill Park Central School District, 295th


1. Suffern Central School District; 44th

2. Nyack Union Free School District; 79th

3. Clarkstown Central School District; 83rd


1. New Paltz Central School District; 113th

2. Onteora Central School District; 166th

3. Wallkill Central School District; 329th


1. Edgemont Union Free School District; 3rd

2. Scarsdale Union Free School District; 4th

3. Rye Neck Union Free School District; 10th


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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. 9 Hackley School, Tarrytown

No. 10 Rye Country Day School, Rye

No. 20 Emma Willard School, Troy (pictured above)

No. 21 French-American School of New York, Larchmont

No. 24 The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry

No. 44 The Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson

No. 54 Millbrook School, Millbrook

No. 56 The Solomon Schecter School of Westchester, Hartsdale

No. 59 The Ursuline School, New Rochelle

No. 60 Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle

No. 62 Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie

No. 63 The Albany Academies, Albany

No. 68 EF Academy, Thornwood

No. 74 Thornton-Donovan School, New Rochelle

No. 76 Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling

No. 83 Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie

No. 84 Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge

No. 86 Rockland Country Day School, Congers

No. 91 Darrow School, New Lebanon

No. 94 The Montfort Academy, Mount Vernon

No. 95 The Doane Stuart School, Rensselaer

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