About the Horseheads Central School District
The Horseheads Central School District is one of three districts in Chemung County, located in Upstate New York's Southern Tier Region. The district has an estimated population of 25,000, spanning some 143 square miles. The communities of the Town and Village of Horseheads, Big Flats, Veteran, Breesport, Pine Valley, Erin, Millport, Cayuta, Catlin, and portions of adjacent communities make up the district. Today, more than 4000 students and more than 600 staff members teach and learn in four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.
Horseheads Central School District sets the standard of educational excellence by fostering innovative thinking, curiosity, and a passion for learning to maximize the potential of each individual. We engage with our local and global communities to provide a student-centered, nurturing environment.
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The Horseheads district is highly respected for quality in every aspect of education. We're proud of the education we offer our children. With a commitment to quality education and continuous improvement, the district strives to meet and exceed the needs of our students and community.
Excellence in education is our highest priority. We set high standards for our students, then provide them with the tools to be successful. Initiatives that enhance educational opportunities include:
- Rigorous and relevant curriculum
Innovation in and out of the classroom through student-driven programs, project-based learning, MakerSpace, collaborations with area businesses and organizations, and more.
- State-of-the-art technology across the district
- Full-day pre-kindergarten
- Character education programs with a Growth Mindset approach
- Effective, innovative professional development
- Long-term strategic plan; facilities planning
- Intermediate school (grades 5 and 6) to help students transition more successfully to the secondary level
- Middle level education using the team concept
- Intensive scheduling at the high school level since 1996
- AP and college courses at the high school level
Intensive scheduling allows high school students to spend more time in class while concentrating on fewer subjects. Similar to a college class schedule, students take four 80-minute classes each semester. Since instituting the schedule in 1996, our high school has seen an increase in students taking higher level courses, a decrease in discipline referrals, an increase in advanced courses, and an increase in the total number of credits students earn.
The opportunities we offer in academic areas and technology are strong and improving each year. Each of our schools has at least one computer lab and mobile laptops with the most up-to-date equipment and software possible. All district buildings have wireless capabilities, and a majority of classrooms have interactive whiteboards. We also have instructional technology specialists to help teachers effectively integrate technology into instruction.
Our arts and athletics programs are among the best in the state. Our music and sports teams consistently bring home regional and state honors, and our drama program stages high quality performances each year.
In addition, each of our schools has a Site-Based Team made up of teachers, school staff, parents and community members. Site teams meet during the summer and throughout the year to work on action plans to increase student achievement. Teams use data to support their decisions and planning efforts.
Each of our elementary schools, the Intermediate School, and the Middle School has a hard-working parent organization that provides valuable resources to our schools. Parents at the High School are involved in education as well, with a parent advisory council and parent support groups for choir, band, and athletics.
The Horseheads Central School District offers educational programs without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, or disability. Inquiries regarding this policy may be made to Caitlin DeFilippo, Title IX/DASA Coordinator, and Co-Civil Rights Compliance Officer; Anthony Gill, Co-Civil Rights Compliance Officer; or Kelly Squires, Section 504 Coordinator, Horseheads Central School District, 143 Hibbard Road, Horseheads, NY 14845, (607) 739-5601. Learn more ...