Dutchess County public schools educate over 46,000 students and employ over 3,000 teachers in grades K-12. These schools are exceptionally strong; expenditures per student are among the highest in the state. Thirty-eight private/parochial schools offer additional choices. The list below contains contact information for each Dutchess County school district as well as links to website home pages.
* Only a portion of these districts are located in Dutchess County
At the secondary level, the county's 13 school districts are affiliated with the Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Extension Services (BOCES), a government-funded agency that provides local school districts with a variety of educational services for adults and children. BOCES offers special education programs in addition to technical courses in everything from data processing to auto repair. For parents who desire a greater choice, private and parochial primary and secondary schools expand the educational options in Dutchess County. Our Private and Parochial Schools webpage gives contact information and website links for many of these schools.
Dutchess County schools offer day programs as well as boarding facilities and serve the needs of handicapped and learning-disabled students. Quality preschools and nursery schools, including programs operated by Dutchess Community College and Vassar College, are abundant throughout the county. The Dutchess County Child Development Council coordinates day care centers, family day care providers and school-age child care programs.
In short, county residents agree that a commitment to education at all levels is a commitment to a better quality of life in Dutchess County. We know that quality education is the key to competing successfully in the world today. By investing in a knowledgeable and skilled workforce, we will be prepared for growth in the future.