SCSD At A Glance
The mission of the District is to educate students in the values, critical skills and essential knowledge necessary to be informed and responsible citizens prepared to take the next steps in their education, careers and lives in our diverse society.
We envision a partnership where the schools, the parents, and the community work together to provide a quality experience for students that emphasizes achievement, positive self-esteem, and responsible character. District students will realize that learning is a life-long commitment supported by dedicated staff and concerned parents, but only filled to its potential as the learners become responsible for the learning themselves.
District students will be prepared for success in society. This will be accomplished by exposure to technology, hands-on learning, and active involvement in the learning process. The educational process will be designed to address individual differences while focusing on the belief that all students are capable learners. Parent and community participation will have an important role in this process. All students will be educated in a safe and secure environment that promotes responsibility, manners, self-esteem, and communication.
During the 2019 -20 academic year, approximately 4,000 children were enrolled in Suffern Central’s elementary, middle school and high schools. The District serves students residing in the Rockland County communities of Airmont, Hillburn, Montebello, Sloatsburg, Suffern, Tallman, and part of Monsey.
Our District continues to seek out innovative approaches for responding to students’ needs and preparing them to meet rigorous knowledge and performance standards. We are dedicated to student-centered educational models and to providing our talented teachers with the resources and professional development they need to succeed.
The Suffern Central School District works diligently to balance educational excellence and fiscal responsibility. In partnership with the Board of Education, staff, and community, our District seeks to balance the importance of providing high-quality educational experiences for all students with the fiscal realities residents are facing.
New York State Report Cards for the Suffern Central School District and each of our schools can be found here.
- Award-Winning Schools: In 2017, for the sixth year in a row, Suffern High School was named a High Performing Reward School by the New York State Education Department. Cherry Lane Elementary School, Montebello Elementary School and Sloatsburg Elementary School have all been named High Performing schools in the past years. Cherry Lane Elementary School was a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.
- Accomplished Grads: Ninety-four percent of the Class of 2020 are moving on to a two or four-year university. Here’s a sampling of the 130+ institutions welcoming our Mounties: Arizona State University, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Vermont.
- Top-ranked Athletics Program: In 2017, Niche.com ranked Suffern High School as the ninth best school in New York State for student-athletes. In 2014-15, the Kerr Cup rankings named Suffern High School as the top AA school in New York State for girls athletics, third for the overall athletic program among all schools and fourth in the state for the overall athletic program among all schools. Through modified, freshman, junior varsity, and varsity teams, students in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to compete in 22 sports, including gymnastics and crew.
- Hands-On, K-12 STEAM Integration: Students engage in hands-on, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) learning opportunities which extend from Project Lead the Way modules in kindergarten through the Gateway to Technology program at Suffern Middle School to an elective engineering sequence at Suffern High School.
- Emphasis On The Arts: More than 1,200 Suffern Central students participate in music programs, encompassing band, chorus, orchestra and more, and perform in a combined total of more than two dozen ensemble concerts each year. District-wide, hundreds of students–as production assistants and cast, orchestra, tech crew and stage crew members–produce a high school play, high school musical, and two middle school musicals, with a combined total of more than a dozen performances each year.
- World Language Begins In the Elementary Schools: Recognizing that fluency in a world language opens doors in a competitive global economy, Suffern Central provides students with the opportunity to learn French, Italian, Spanish and, at the high school, American Sign Language. Spanish language instruction begins district-wide in Grade 1; students elect a world language of choice to study in Grade 6.
- Acceleration & Advanced Placement Opportunities: Suffern High School offers 27 Advanced Placement (AP) courses which provide students the opportunity to pursue challenging coursework and earn college credit. Suffern High School also offers Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Independent Research, an elite two-year program that requires students to conduct advanced research and explore global challenges. Suffern Middle School offers acceleration tracks for high-performing students in math and science.
- Research-based, supportive instruction: A strong team of professionals, including literacy specialists, psychologists, special education teachers, a school community liaison, and vibrant Family Resource Center, work together to provide the tailored instruction students need to succeed.
- Resources for Real-World Learning: From district-wide Google Apps for Education integration to Viola Elementary School’s Nature Center to the technology and engineering workshops at the middle and high schools, Suffern Central schools feature tremendous resources that enhance instruction at all grade levels.