About Duanesburg Central School
The Duanesburg Central School District encompasses seven different towns with an enrollment of approximately 674 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
School functions form the heart of this friendly and rural community. There are many opportunities for parents/guardians to become an active part of their child’s education and for residents to get involved by watching school plays and attending academic and athletic competitions regularly throughout the school year.
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The district features two school buildings—an elementary school serving grades pre-K-6 and a junior/senior high school building housing students in grades 7-12. Students are served by a dynamic staff of teachers, non-instructional support personnel and an administrative team working with progressive goals.
The staff totals 150 districtwide and includes 72 teachers, 78 staff, a high school principal, elementary school principal, psychologist, Committee on Special Education chairperson, two school counselors and social workers. To get in touch with a staff member, visit the Contact Us page.
The district is located in a scenic, close-knit community with a population of approximately 5,000 residents in a geographic area of about 60 square miles. It is located at the western end of Schenectady County—about 20 miles west of Albany on Route 20. To find our campus, visit the Directions page.
In addition to traditional academic courses, the district offers a number of unique programs. For example, at the high school level, Duanesburg offers the Project Lead the Way program; distance learning courses; Advanced Placement classes; computer labs; advanced technology classes such as Production Systems, Video Editing and Special Education inclusion programs. Focus is also placed on Response to Intervention (RtI) in English, math and social studies. The district offers Special Education to meet a variety of student needs.
At the elementary level, students are offered innovative courses and activities, including STEM-focused programs and a Lego Robotics Club.
District priorities concentrate on preparing students to meet New York State Regents graduation requirements and providing additional assistance, such as Response to Intervention (RTI) to students who are struggling to meet the state’s learning standards. The district’s graduation rate consistently tops 90 percent.
Duanesburg has consistently been ranked among the top school districts in the Capital Region by the Albany Business Review and top 100 schools in New York state by Buffalo Business First, which examines the performance of more than 460 districts.
Duanesburg High School’s 2018 graduation rate was 96 percent, and the overall rate for the district was 92 percent.
Mission Statement & Goals
We will provide students of every ability the support, dedication, quality instruction and experiences they need as they strive to fulfill their dreams and aspirations for the future.
- Goal 1: Provide opportunities to improve overall student success by developing and recognizing student achievement in all areas.
- Goal 2: Ensure and secure the district’s fiscal stability while delivering exceptional educational results at a cost appropriate to the community’s economic condition.
- Goal 3: Continue to nurture, support and improve the school district culture of a safe, welcoming and inclusive climate with a strong emphasis on effective strategies that support all students.
- Goal 4: Continually evaluate, maintain and improve facilities that address the current and future needs of our district and provide students, employees and community members with an inviting, safe, efficient and modern infrastructure.
- Goal 5: Continually explore methods to provide concise, clear and consistent two-way communication among all school and community members.
- Goal 6: Identify and partner with resources that will assist us in the fulfillment of our mission.