Yonkers Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in New York State, located in the lower Hudson Valley, immediately north of New York City.
Since its inception in 1881, Yonkers Public Schools has changed in many ways, but remains steadfastly committed to challenging the city’s youth to aspire to their highest potential, and to inspire a life-long love of learning.
Today a vibrant learning community of 26,000 students from 109 cultures, backgrounds and nationalities in grades prekindergarten through 12 is challenged by a rigorous core curriculum and innovative programs in 39 schools throughout the City of Yonkers. Students participate in learning opportunities in the classroom, on the stage, on the playing field and with colleges and universities, museums and cultural institutions, major corporations and local businesses, as well as non-profit and community groups, and government agencies.
As the 2nd largest employer in Westchester County, Yonkers Public Schools’ diverse workforce of 4,000 educators and support staff enthusiastically shares the district’s mission to empower all students to take their place in the world as knowledgeable, competent, responsible citizens.
Well-known for its award winning magnet programs, Yonkers is a complete district of choice through a controlled school choice plan, one of the few such models in New York State. Yonkers Public Schools offers students and families a wide range of educational options including:
- 4 International Baccalaureate Programmes crossing all grade levels
- 3 Montessori schools for grades prekindergarten through 8
- 15 traditional elementary schools, each with a unique magnet program
- 11 schools with grades prekindergarten through 8, each with a unique magnet program
- 1 dedicated academically talented program for grades prekindergarten through 8
- 1 College Board Preparatory Academy for grades 6 through 12
- 6 comprehensive high schools, each with unique magnet programs
- Twilight high school credit recovery program
- Integrated adult, early childhood and parent education center
- Adult education and job training
Who is the Yonkers Public Schools?
- Student population is 25% Black, 24% White & Other, and 51% Hispanic
- 73% of the students are eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch
- 16% of the students are English Language Learners
- 16% of the students receive Special Education services
- 1,400 graduates of the Class of 2009 earned over $30 million in scholarships
- 99.6% of the teachers are highly qualified according to New York State Education Department
- Yonkers High School ranked #1 in Westchester County and 37th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s Top High Schools. Saunders Trades & Technical High School ranked among the top 1,500 high schools, further complementing the school’s national Blue Ribbon and All American High School rankings.