Who We Are
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.
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.
Today a vibrant learning community of 27,000 students from 100 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 3,300 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.
Yonkers Public Schools has centralized school registration for all students. The District is committed to a School Choice Process that is open and equitable to everyone. The District offers families more educational opportunities than any other school district in Westchester County.
- 16% Students with Disabilities, 12% Limited English Proficiency
- 56% Hispanic, 19% Black, 17% White, 7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% Multi-Racial
- 76% Free and Reduced Lunch
- 1,887 Teachers, 117 School Administrators, 27 Central Office Administrators
- 1,548 Support Staff
- 10 prekindergarten to grade 6
- 20 prekindergarten to grade 8
- 1 prekindergarten to grade 1
- 1 prekindergarten to grade 12
- 2 grades 7 to 12
- 5 grades 9 to 12
Each elementary school has full-day prekindergarten, mandated full-day kindergarten and a unique magnet theme
Comprehensive high schools provide 24 specialized career and college readiness programs and unique magnet themes
Montessori education is available across all grade levels
Dedicated academically talented school for grades prekindergarten to 8 and the International Baccalaureate Programme for grades 9 to 12
- Yonkers Pathways to Success: free adult education and job training