Newfield Central School District
The Newfield Central School District has one elementary (PK-5), one middle (6-8) and one high (9-12) school. The day begins for many children at 7:00 in before-school programs, continues with nursery school for 3 year olds, pre-K for 4 year olds, and academic programs for grades K-12. We offer enrichment opportunities in music and art as well as dual-enrollment (college and high school credit) courses at the high school. We are piloting virtual AP courses this year for juniors and seniors. After school daycare is provided for elementary students until 6:00 pm. A variety of sports activities and extra curricular activities are available for middle and high school students.
The district includes the town of Newfield, and portions of Spencer, VanEtten, Danby, Enfield, and Ithaca.
The original schools in the Newfield area were one-room schoolhouses founded in 1812. These were joined and organized into the Newfield Central School District on June 1, 1938.
The District is located primarily in the Town of Newfield in Tompkins County, New York. The School District is approximately five miles south of the City of Ithaca and covers an area of approximately 59 square miles.
The School District is serviced primarily by Route 13 which runs through the School District and provides access to Route 17 to the south, and Route 81 to the east. The Tompkins County Transit Authority (“Tomtran”) provides regular bus service through the School District
The School District is primarily a rural area with residents commuting within Tompkins County for employment. The largest employers in Tompkins County are Cornell University, Borg Warner, the Ithaca City School District, CBORD, and Axiohm.
Higher education is available nearby at Cornell University, Ithaca College and several two-year community colleges within an hour’s drive.
The current estimated population of the District is 5,615. (Source: 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimate)
The mission of the Newfield Central School District is:
• To educate, provide opportunities, and foster individual excellence in academic, vocational, fine arts and technical learning.
• To challenge every individual to strive for excellence as a way of life.
• To develop and nurture physical and emotional well-being, self-worth, personal integrity, moral and ethical values, and respect for self and others.
• To provide a safe, healthy environment and a positive, enthusiastic atmosphere;
• To promote community involvement and responsible citizenship in a diverse and changing world; and
• To encourage life-long learning.
All stakeholders, including students, parents, employees, community members, school board members, and other governmental bodies, should be accountable to the Mission Statement.