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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 2017-2018 are ...more

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

Extracurricular Code of Conduct

2017-18 Proposed Changes


The public hearing for proposed changes to the Dryden Central School District Extracurricular Code of Conduct was held at the May 22, 2017 Board of Education meeting.  Click here to see the proposed changes.  If you have any suggestions or comments, please send them to CodeOfConduct@dryden.k12.ny.us before noon on Wednesday, June 21st.   The administration and the Board of Education will consider all suggestions and comments before adoption.

Calendar Change

On March 27th the Board of Education approved a change to the 2016-2017 school calendar:

Please note: 

School will be in session for a half-day for elementary students on Friday, June 23, 2017.  June 23rd will be a regular work day for all staff.

Last Conversation with a Scientist May 30

The last Conversation with a Scientist is Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, featuring wildlife ecologist Dr. Angela Fuller!

Dryden News


Dryden hosted the first Dryden Band Invitational Friday May 12 in the Middle/High School auditorium.

Dr. Beth Peterson visited from the University of Illinois to work with the Dryden and Groton High School bands. Both bands had the opportunity to work with her separately and then joined together to perform as a mass band. It was an exciting opportunity for the students to hone their musical skills and work with a prestigious music educator.   











Middle School Principal Mr. Farney challenged Middle School Staff during the month of March to bring in items to support our local food pantry, Dryden Kitchen Cupboard. For each item collected Mr. Farney deducted 15 seconds from the March Faculty meeting. Our staff accepted the challenge bringing in bag after bag of non-perishable items. Pam Seaman graciously housed the collection in her room and also kept a tally of all the items collected. The grand total was 367 items resulting in a 28 minute Faculty Meeting this month. Thank you staff for your support!


Dryden Needs Drivers!

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School Tax Collection

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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.

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 ...more

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 ...more

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.


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 ...more


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. Th ...more