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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

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.

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

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Meet the school board candidates on May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.Dryden Central School is holding a Meet the Board Candidates Night on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Room C-13 at the Middle School/High School. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the seven candidates seeking three seats on the Board of Education and to hear their answers to audience questions.


Ronald (Ron) Szymanski

Heather Williams

Michael (Mike) Scott

Brandon Dutcher

Frederick (Fred) Bachner, Jr.

Karin LaMotte

Sophia Georgiakaki


Dryden presents the first BioBlitz in Upstate NY to take place on May 13.

Have you ever wanted to know what lives in our wonderful Dryden Middle and High School natural areas? We are going to attempt to identify as many species as possible on the school property in one day. Our BioBlitz will take place on Saturday May 13th from about 6 am to 6 pm. You and your families are welcome to attend as many or as few hours as you can. We may even extend the search to include some hours at night to search for owls.


BioBlitz events have been conducted all over the world the late 1990’s. They are an attempt to identify and describe the biodiversity of a particular area in a short amount of time (no more than 24 hours). These events have been sponsored by National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, universities, and national parks.


If you love nature, put this event on your calendar and come help our effort. The event is open to teachers, students and their families, and community members who are interested in observing and identifying organisms in our woods, fields, streams, and ponds. We will be uploading our data to a website called iNaturalist to share with the larger community of scientists studying biodiversity.


For more information and to express an interest in participating, please get in touch with Carole Erslev at cerslev1@dryden.k12.ny.us or Karen Taylor at ktaylor1@k12.dryden.k12.ny.us. If you have particular expertise in identifying certain kinds of organisms, please let me know.


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School Tax Collection

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Absentee Ballots

Absentee Ballots are Available for School Budget Vote on May 16, 2017 - Click here for Absentee Ballot 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.

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