The Top Public and Private School Districts in the Hudson Valley

Plus, how they stack up nationwide.

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Plus, find out how the Hudson Valley’s private and public school districts stack up across New York State, according to Niche’s 2023 report.

By Matt Moment and Sabrina Sucato

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Top Public School Districts

New York State has a total of 731 school districts and 4,413 public schools. Here is a look at the top three school districts in each Hudson Valley county, and how they stack up statewide, according to the Niche website. These Hudson Valley schools provide a top-tier education to local students.

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Albany County

North Colonie Central School District, #31 in New York State
Bethlehem Central School District, #35 in New York State
Niskayuna Central School District, #44 in New York State

Columbia County

Kinderhook Central School District
Chatham Central School District
Germantown Central School District

Dutchess County

Spackenkill Union Free School District, #62 in New York State
Arlington Central School District
Rhinebeck Central School District

Greene County

Catskill Central School District
Hunter-Tannersville Central School District
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District

Orange County

Cornwall Central School District, #55 in New York State
Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, #93 in New York State
Warwick Valley Central School District, #96 in New York State

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Putnam County

Carmel Central School District
Mahopac Central School District
Haldane Central School District

Rensselaer County

East Greenbush Central School District, #90 in New York State
Averill Park Central School District
Troy City School District

Rockland County

Suffern Central School District
South Orangetown Central School District
Nyack Union Free School District

Ulster County

New Paltz Central School District
Marlboro Central School District
Onteora Central School District

Westchester County

Scarsdale Union Free School District, #5 in New York State
Chappaqua Central School District, #11 in New York State
Bronxville Union Free School District, #12 in New York State

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For methodology on how each top Hudson Valley school district is selected, go to

Emma Willard School in Troy / Photo by Erin Schaff

Top Private High Schools

The following Hudson Valley schools are in the Top 100 on Niche’s list of Best Private High Schools in New York.

9 – Rye Country Day School, Rye
19 – Hackley School, Tarrytown
25 – French-American School of New York, Mamaroneck
27 – The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry
28 – Emma Willard School, Troy
42 – The Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson
53 – Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling
56 – Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie
58 – School of the Holy Child, Rye
63 – EF Academy New York, Thornwood
64 – The Leffell School, Hartsdale
65 – The Darrow School, New Lebanon
67 – The Albany Academies, Albany
69 – Millbrook School, Millbrook
73 – Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle
77 – Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie
81 – The Harvey School, Katonah
84 – The Ursuline School, New Rochelle
85 – Green Meadow Waldorf, Chestnut Ridge
88 – The Montfort Academy, Mount Vernon
92 – Hoosac School, Hoosick
93 – The Doane Stuart School, Rensselaer
99 – Northern Academy of the Arts, Middletown
100 – New York Military Academy, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Related: These Are the Best Colleges in the Hudson Valley and New York State

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