RCSD At A Glance

Mission: Educating for Personal Excellence


For the 2015-16 academic year, a total of 4,868 children are enrolled in Ramapo Central’s elementary, middle school and high schools.
The district serves students residing in the Rockland County communities of Airmont, Hillburn, Montebello, Sloatsburg, Suffern, Tallman, and part of Monsey.  

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Our District continues to seek out innovative approaches for responding to students’ needs and preparing them to meet rigorous knowledge and performance standards. We are dedicated to student-centered educational models and to providing our talented teachers with the resources and professional development they need to succeed.

The Ramapo Central School District works diligently to balance educational excellence and fiscal responsibility. In partnership with the Board of Education, staff, and community, our District seeks to balance the importance of providing high-quality educational experiences for all students with the fiscal realities residents are facing. 

District Highlights

  • Award-Winning Schools: Four Ramapo Central schools--Cherry Lane Elementary School, Montebello Elementary School, Sloatsburg Elementary School and Suffern High School--were named 2014 High Performing Reward Schools by the New York State Education Department. This was the third consecutive year that Cherry Lane Elementary School and Suffern High School achieved Reward School status. Cherry Lane Elementary School is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.
  • Accomplished Grads: Ninety-six percent of Suffern High School's 2015 graduates continued on to post-secondary institutions including: Boston College, Cornell University, College of William & Mary, Culinary Institute of America, Fashion Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Yale University and 13 CUNY and SUNY schools.
  • Top-Ranked Athletics Program: In 2014-15, the Kerr Cup rankings named Suffern High School as the top AA school in New York State for girls athletics, third for overall athletic program among all schools and fourth in the state for overall athletic program among all schools. Through modified, freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams,  students in grades 7-12 have the opportunity to compete in 22 sports, including gymnastics and crew.
  • Hands-On, K-12 STEM Integration: Students engage in hands-on, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning opportunities which extend from Project Lead the Way modules in kindergarten through the Gateway to Technology program at Suffern Middle School to an elective engineering sequence at Suffern High School.
  • Emphasis On The Arts: More than 1,200 Ramapo Central students participate in music programs, encompassing band, chorus, orchestra and more, and perform in a combined total of more than two dozen ensemble concerts each year. District-wide, hundreds of students--as production assistants and cast, orchestra, tech crew and stage crew members--produce a high school play, high school musical and two middle school musicals, with a combined total of more than a dozen performances each year.
  • World Language Begins With Elementaries: Recognizing that fluency in a world language opens doors in a competitive global economy, Ramapo Central provides students with the opportunity to learn Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and, at the high school, American Sign Language. Spanish language instruction begins district-wide in Grade 1; students elect a world language of choice to study in Grade 6.
  • Acceleration & Advanced Placement Opportunities: Suffern High School offers 24 Advanced Placement (AP) courses which provide students the opportunity to pursue challenging coursework and earn college credit. Suffern High School also offers Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Independent Research, an elite two-year program that requires students to conduct advanced research and explore global challenges. Suffern Middle School offers acceleration tracks for high-performing students in math and science.
  • Research-based, supportive instruction: A strong team of professionals, including literacy specialists, psychologists, special education teachers, a school community liaison, and vibrant Family Resource Center, work together to provide the tailored instruction students need to succeed.
  • Resources for Real-World Learning: From district-wide Google Apps for Education integration to Viola Elementary School's Nature Center to the technology and engineering workshops at the middle and high schools, Ramapo Central schools feature tremendous resources that enhance instruction at all grade levels.

Academic & Athletic Excellence: 2014-15
  • Suffern High School had one 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program finalist, three semifinalists, nine commended students and a National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist.
  • 151 Suffern High School students were AP Scholars.
  • Suffern Robotics made its second trip to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in St. Louis, MO and placed 40th among 4,500 teams globally.
  • Three Suffern High School students were selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors concert in Providence, Rhode Island. Six Suffern High School students were selected as New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State musicians and two others were chosen as alternates; 27 were named NYSSMA Area All-State performers.
  • Four Girls Lacrosse players were named All-American Athletes; Girls Track team members placed first at the New Balance Nationals in the 400m and Distance Medley Relay, and second in the Sprint Medley Relay. Three Girls Volleyball members were named first team All-State Athletes; four other athletes (Girls Cross Country and Ice Hockey) were second team All-State Athletes. The Girls Volleyball team were the 2014-15 New York State champs as were members of the Girls Track team (200m, 600m, 800m, 4x800m relay and 4x400m relay). A Mountie wrestler placed 3rd at States. The Boys Volleyball, Girls Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Wrestling, Girls Track and Girls Lacrosse teams were all Section champs.
  • Three Suffern High School juniors medaled at the New York State DECA Business Competition.
  • Three Suffern High School students were selected as regional delegates to the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany.
  • Forty-one students (grades 5-12) won a collective total of 38 awards in the countywide 2015 Science Inventions & Technology Exhibition.
  • Suffern High School brought home 14 medals in 11 categories at the 2014-15 Hudson Valley Regional Science Olympiad.
  • Suffern High School won the county Academic League championship
  • Two Suffern High School teachers earned professional recognition. Michael Corini was named 2015 Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher by the Westchester Lower Hudson Council for the Social Studies. Natascha Bota was one of just 10 Hudson Valley STEM Teaching Fellows selected to participate in a professional development program with Teachers College-Columbia University, NASA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Student Demographics: 2015-16

Total Enrollment

Gender  Female  50.0%
   Male  50.0%
Race/Ethnicity  American Indian / Alaskan Native
   Asian / Pacific Islander / Native Hawaiian
   Black    6.3%
   Hispanic  19.8%
   White  62.5%
   Multiracial    3.0%
Percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch
Percentage of students with limited English proficiency      3.8%