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Notice of Change in Enrollment Materials

Please note that there have been changes in our enrollment materials due to changes in federal and state regulations. We are now prohibiting any inquiry into immigration status. Additionally, we have expanded the list of acceptable documents that can be produced regarding proof of residency and proof of age.

In October, the Board of Regents amended the requirements for the provision of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). Click this link to read a letter explaining how Academic Intervention Services are provided in Dryden Schools.


Residents of the Dryden Central School District, who wish to have their child(ren) transported to a non-public school for 2016-2017 are reminded that the state established deadline for such requests is April 1 each year.

Click here for an application form.

Requests for the 2016-2017 school year should be addressed to Shelly Walker, District Clerk, Dryden Central School, P.O. Box 88, Dryden, NY 13053. Forms are also available at individual schools or the Dryden Central School Transportation Department. Questions regarding transportation may be addressed to the Transportation Supervisor at 844-4221.

Welcome to the Dryden Central School District!  We are located in the southern part of central New York State in Tompkins County.  The District encompasses an area of 110 square miles and serves a population of about 1600 students.
Sandra R. Sherwood, Superintendent

Congratulations to all staff across the District - Dryden High School is on the list of top performing High Schools across the US. It has received a national silver medal which means it is in the top 10.9% of high schools nationally.
Click here for the Ithaca Voice report.

Lead testing of schools complete – Thank you to the Tompkins County Department of Health and our Facilities Director, Rob Medeiros, for completing the lead testing in all of our school buildings.  In all of our school buildings, there is only one sink in an office that did not meet the required standards so this sink is no longer in use.  We appreciate the guidance of the Health Department and the time that our staff put into conducting the tests.

Smart Schools Investment Plan for Public Review

The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart ...more

Community Survey Feedback

Thank you to everyone who contributed thoughts, questions, and suggestions through the online survey. These were all shared with the Board of Education, the administrators, and the department supervisors. The top themes or topics that emerged from the feedback were then addressed in four presentations and a document with points of clarification was also created and presented at the Community Forum on February 1, 2016. For those who could not attend the forum, the clarification document and presentations are listed below. As noted at the end of each presentation, if you have further questions or comments, please contact the Superintendent.

Please click the links below to review the documents and presentations:
Rollover Budget
Tax Levy-Reserves-Fund Balance 2016
Financial Terms-Explanations
Academics - Strategic Plans 2016
Extra-curricular Programs and Athletics
Other Areas Questions and concerns from survey
Quick Clarification about the School Budget

Legislative Contacts

Please contact our legislators to let them know your thoughts on school mandates and school funding.

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
District Office
106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 277-8030

Senator James Seward
District Office 3
4030 West Road
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 758-9005



The Dryden Central School District uses SchoolMessenger as our emergency notification system.  The contact information in SchoolMessenger is pulled from our student information system, schooltool.  Therefore, if you would like changes made to your SchoolMessenger contact information please contact the following people:

Michele Wendel at the Elementary School
Deb Perine at Cassavant
Tami Natale at Freeville
Patty Helms at the Middle School
Gail Piger at the High School


The schooltool mobile application is now available to parents and students.  You may log in to see information regarding current schedules, assignments and attendance.  To get started using the schooltool mobile app:

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Bullying, harassment, and discrimination are serious and will not be tolerated within the Dryden Central School District. Please click here for the form to report alleged bullying, harassment, or discrimination. This completed form should be returned to the principal, assistant principal, or Dignity Act Coordinator at the student’s school.


Dignity Act Coordinators

Dryden High & Middle Schools: 844-8694 ext. 4204

     Kate Benas (kbenas1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

Dryden Elementary School: 844-8694 ext.1444 or 1483

     Mary Hicks  (mhicks1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

     Allison Peyus  (apeyus1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

Freeville & Cassavant Elementary School: 844-8694 ext. 1424

     Ellen Stelick  (estelic1@dryden.k12.ny.us)


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School Tax Collection

Please click here for our district's most current School Tax Collection information.

Mission Statement

Dryden Schools promote academic achievement and youth development, preparing students for lives of productive employment, sound relationships, and responsible citizenship in our community and the world.

APPR Disclosure

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APPR Explanation for Parents

Notice for Release of Final APPR Ratings 2015

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Vision Statement

The Dryden Central School District is an outstanding place to live and attend school because of its shared commitment to the highest quality education and the safest, most productive academic environment. Children are prepared for their school years by the time they reach kindergarten and prepared for success in college when they leave high school. Instruction and performance data are to be exemplary. Staff turnover is low because morale is high. A stable staff with high morale assumes continuity for students from year to year. Students know that all members of the district respect them, protect them, and show them, by example, that learning leads to a more fulfilling life. Funding for schools is sufficient without undue burden on local taxpayers. Facilities are safe, clean, and renovated on a scheduled and affordable basis.

Safety Reminder

Lockdowns occur when there is an awareness of a situation requiring investigation in the building.  Once the investigation is completed, the lockdown is lifted and classes resume.  The purpose of any lockdown is to assure student and staff safety.