ABOUT SUFSD

Known for its long tradition of excellence and high standards, the Spackenkill Union Free School District is a K–12 public school district located in the western part of Dutchess County, New York. It was established in 1866 and has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to four schools serving some 1,500 students. The district prides itself on being a small community, where families know each other, enhancing the spirit of a shared vision. 

Spackenkill is one of the 14 best places to live in Dutchess County according to Hudson Valley Magazine.

In 2022 Niche ratings, the District ranked #1 among Dutchess County districts, scoring an overall grade of A. The District also ranks in the top 3% of over 10,000 ranked school districts across America! Read more about Spackenkill on Niche here: https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/c/dutchess-county-ny/

SHS has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women's access to AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). SHS is one of only 760 schools nationwide to be recognized for achieving this result in AP CSP.

US News placed SHS nationally in the top 6 percent among 18,000 high schools for 2021. This reports ranks public high schools on their  performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college

In 2021 despite the pandemic, 112 students took 222 AP Exams. District offers AP in 13 subjects as well as dueal enrollment with Dutchess Community College.

Ten-year winner of Best Communities for Music Education Award from the NAMM Foundation.
  
Spackenkill High School is the recipient of the US Department of Education 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award. SHS is the first high school in Dutchess County to receive the award since its inception in 1982. Among 130,000 schools nationwide, only 349 received this coveted honor in 2018. Of that number, 62 are high schools. Please click here for the National Blue Ribbon Award.

Spackenkill students advance to state and national levels in such competitions as Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, American Computer Science League, American Mathematics Competition, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and Mathcounts.  Our students have also placed in the top levels of the Siemens Competition, Regeneron, and ISEF Awards.