Welcome to the Dobbs Ferry School District! Dobbs Ferry is a community that values and supports education and provides its students with a world‐class learning environment. As one of the first districts in Westchester County to offer the challenging and prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program, our students are focused on mastering the 21st Century skills that they will need to be successful in college and careers in the new global economy.
The District’s Mission Statement sums up the schools’ inclusive philosophy:
“To provide a high-quality education, whereby ALL students are empowered to reach their individual potential, respect and value themselves and others, and to become life-long learners.”
The administration, faculty and staff work diligently to teach students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, to access and analyze information, to become effective writers and communicators, and to utilize their curiosity and imagination in order to prepare them for the future. Because today’s students are “wired” differently, we utilize “blended learning,” a combination of innovative technology and differentiated instruction, to enrich the curriculum and motivate each student to achieve academic success, as well as master social and emotional learning skills.
The Dobbs Ferry School District comprises 1450+ students and includes three schools: Dobbs Ferry High School, Dobbs Ferry Middle School and Springhurst Elementary School. It is located in the quiet Village of Dobbs Ferry, NY, just 20 miles north of New York City. The District has its own diverse and unique culture where students thrive academically and socially, and actively participate in community service. It is a small‐town atmosphere and the Schools and Village collaborate on many fronts. Class sizes are seminar‐like and rival private schools in student‐to‐teacher ratios. Over 98% of teachers have Masters’ Degrees or higher and mentoring and professional development is a priority for all staff. The District embraces parent involvement and the PTSA and Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation play an integral role in our school family. These partnerships are fruitful because of the talent and dedication of the teachers in our schools and the community’s commitment to excellence in education.
If you are looking for the best in public school education, you’ve come to the right place! Dobbs Ferry students excel in academics (National Merit Scholars and Intel Science Semi‐Finalists), athletics (State Champion Football Team 4 out of the last 10 years) and the arts (NYSSMA Orchestras, Stepping Eagles Dance Team and Harmonaires Chorus). Please take the time to peruse the Dobbs Ferry School District website at www.dfsd.org and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dobbsferryschooldistrict . You can also contact Public Information Officer, Elizabeth Hausman, at 914‐693‐1500 x3013 if you need more specific information. Please review “The Top Ten things You Should Know about Dobbs Ferry Schools,” which will also give you some insight into what the School District and community is all about.