About Our District

 students reading Located just 56 miles from New York City, Carmel Central School District provides a high quality education for students within a pristine suburban setting. The District encompasses 85 square miles and serves approximately 5000 students from six different towns. 
Carmel Central School District welcomes students and their families from the town of Kent, as well as parts of the towns of Carmel, Putnam Valley, Patterson, Southeast and East Fishkill.
 All District residents can take advantage of several school district opportunities such as school plays, concerts, athletic and special events. Senior Citizens are welcome to attend all school events free of charge. 
Carmel Central School District has three elementary schools housing students in grades Kindergarten through fourth; a middle school for students in grades five through eight; and a high school for students in grades nine through twelve. 
Any resident child who will be five years of age on or before December 1st of that school year is eligible for admission to Kindergarten. Registration for Kindergarten is held in the spring of the year prior to entrance. Carmel’s Kindergarten program is full day. 
Registration of new elementary pupils (other than Kindergarten) is handled by the principal’s office. Proof of residency in the district must be provided at time of registration. In grades 5-12, school registration is arranged through the guidance department of either the Middle School or High School. Appointments should be made since parents must accompany the new pupil. Proof of residency in the District must be provided at the time of registration. When registering, if you suspect or know that your child has a disability, please contact the Pupil Services Department at (845) 878-2094, ext. 246. More on New Student Registration
All students, new entrants as well as those continuing in school, must meet the immunization requirement set forth in section 2164 of the New York State Public Health Law. A list of the required immunizations can be found in the District’s calendar. Proper documentation is required. 
Transportation is provided free of charge for residents who live at least 0.7 miles from the school they attend or 0.7 miles from a regular bus stop, to a maximum of 15 miles.

Our Mission

The Carmel Central School District educates the whole student through partnerships to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.


Adopted by the Board of Education, Sept. 2016

Our Vision

We embrace individuality, provide opportunities for students to discover and pursue their passions, and ignite a desire to learn.

Our Core Values

We believe:

  • Students are the priority
  • Individuals thrive when they feel safe, supported and respected
  • Community partnerships are essential
  • Trust is fundamental
  • Every person has intrinsic value
  • High expectations are imperative


  • We will communicate with and engage the Carmel Central School District community to understand and actively support our mission to develop and prepare students for an ever-changing world.
  • We will offer relevant curriculum and instructional practices utilizing expertise, resources, and technology to achieve our mission and its outcomes.
  • We will build and utilize a structured planning and implementation process that drives our mission and its outcomes in the most effective and efficient manner.

Mission Outcomes

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  • By 2021, each student will be engaged in making appropriate choices that demonstrate understanding and empathy toward others.
  • By 2021, students will proactively set and pursue challenging goals.

Critical Thinking






  • Analyze & Synthesize Information
  • Employ Divergent Thinking
  • Practice Self-Reflection
  • Work Productively with Others
  • Develop Partnerships
  • Navigate Social Environments
  • Actively Listen & Speak
  • Articulate Ideas & Knowledge
  • Practice Digital Responsibility
  • Demonstrate Civic Responsibility & Pride
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Engage in the Community
  • Explore Artistic Opportunities
  • Identify & Pursue Passions
  • Think Innovatively
  • Consider Others’ Viewpoints
  • Demonstrate Empathy
  • Show Kindness

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