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Warwick Valley High School

About Our School

Warwick Valley High School building facadeWarwick Valley High School maintains a comprehensive academic and extra-curricular program. Warwick students consistently score well above county, state and national averages on standardized testing. Approximately eighty-six percent of students go on to post-secondary education.

The teaching faculty, support staff, and administration of Warwick Valley High School are currently working together to draft a vision that will shape our school well into the 21st century. Guided by such important works as Tony Wagner’s “The Global Achievement Gap,” and supported by our central administration and Board of Education, we are committed to developing dynamic curricular activities that will help our students acquire the “survival skills” currently identified by leading educational theorists.

These skills include critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration across networks and leading by influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. The strides we make in these areas will be measured using data gained from informative assessments like the College and Work Readiness Assessment, an assessment that tests high school students on their skills of critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication – skills that are necessary in work and college environments in the 21st century.

In addition to a wide range of Regents level classes, Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered, as well as several credit bearing, college-affiliated courses such as the University of Albany’s Spanish Credit and Science Research. Various programs are offered by our area BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), which offers numerous occupational opportunities for students. Visit our Academics section to learn more.

Complementing its rigorous academic standards, the high school boasts more than fifty-five athletic teams and a wide variety of dramatic, musical, literary, service and student government organizations. At Warwick Valley High School, we are committed to engaging all students in lifelong learning and providing a high quality educational experience.

Statement of Philosophy

In keeping with traditions that began over a century ago, Warwick Valley High School promises to be a school that responds to the academic and social needs of its students. In short, each student counts, and each student is encouraged to participate in the governance of Warwick Valley High School.

With that said, it is important to remember that our focus on the individual must not obscure the fact that, in the school, education takes place in a group setting. We must reaffirm the fact that students have responsibilities to other students and to the school itself, and that they may not interfere with the pursuit of education by others.

WVHS named a New York State “Reward School”

Warwick Valley High School has been named one of New York State’s “Reward Schools” three years in a row – 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. Reward Schools have the highest achievement in the state, without significant gaps in student achievement among subgroups.

WVHS is a National Green Ribbon School

Green Ribbon Schools logoThe U.S. Department of Education honored Warwick Valley High School with the 2018 Green Ribbon Schools award for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education.

The prestigious ED-GRS awards program recognize schools where staff, students, officials and communities work together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments, while ensuring the environmental literacy of their graduates. The U.S. Department of Education deems these practices as proven to improve student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness–and part of a government-wide goal to increase energy independence and economic security.