The Onteora Central School District encompasses approximately 300 square miles, serving 45,000 residents in the townships of Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock, West Hurley and parts of Marbletown and Lexington. The District has three elementary schools and one 7-12 grade middle/high school complex. Approximately 1,255 students attend the schools including 625 in the Middle/High School, 300 in Bennett Elementary, 130 in Phoenicia Elementary, and 190 in Woodstock Elementary.
Socio-economic factors vary from one end of the district to the other. Woodstock, within its environs, is a renowned center for cultural experiences in fine arts, music and theatre groups where many have migrated from New York City. In the mountainous environs of Shandaken and Pine Hill, less employment exists. The mix of social and cultural diversity forms a stimulating educational environment for students to grow and learn.
An Onteora education fosters intellectual curiosity, mutual respect, self-respect, creative problem solving, individual expression, ethical decision making and active engagement in the world. Our community values and supports its children, through a holistic collaboration among students, families, the educational community, and Onteora residents at large. Students will graduate as engaged citizens and life-long learners with the confidence, self-awareness and skills to reach their maximum potential, and to live rich and successful lives.
Our Onteora schools exist to educate and nurture the children of our diverse community. Our mission is to create an engaging and healthy learning environment that empowers all students to pursue their dreams, achieve their goals, and contribute thoughtfully to the global community.