May 22, 2013
5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065 • 518-881-0600
Shenendehowa covers approximately 86 square
miles serving families from the communities of Clifton Park,
Halfmoon, Ballston Lake, Round Lake, Malta and parts of Waterford,
Rexford, Mechanicville and Stillwater.
Approximately 9,850 students attend eight elementary schools (gr. K-5), three middle schools (gr. 6-8) and a high school (gr. 9-12). Shenendehowa is one of the largest central school in the area.
Nine of the twelve school buildings
and a bus garage are located on a 232-acre campus in
Clifton Park, New York. There are three neighborhood
elementary schools and a district office located off
Traditionally, the schools were named with Iroquois words. Shenendehowa, for example, means “great plains.”
•Shenendehowa has a budget of approximately $150 million. Currently, New York State aid makes up approximately 27% of the district’s budget.
• Shenendehowa employs approximately 1,800 people. Of those, approximately 900 are instructional positions and 900 are non-instructional positions.
• Currently Shenendehowa’s 200 vehicles in the entire bus fleet drive more than 10,000 students to 80 schools throughout the Capital Region. The buses travel more than 2.3 million miles annually.
• Shen owns and maintains more than one million square feet of building space, three hundred and fifty-seven acres of grounds, fifty two playing fields and twenty miles of roadways and parking lots.
• The district has more than one million square feet of building space and 357 acres of grounds including 52 playing fields and 20 miles of parking lots and roadways. The food service program provides nearly 800,000 meals per year.
• The community uses Shen's facilities for approximately 14,000 events per year.
To work continuously and in partnership with the community to ensure that all students develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and character needed to live useful, productive and rewarding lives
Students learn best:
• when adults serve as active, positive role models
• when they are challenged, actively involved in learning and methods of instruction
• are responsive to their needs
• when personal responsibility for learning is cultivated and developed
• when the subject matter is relevant and taught by motivated and well-prepared staff
• when clear academic and behavioral expectations are communicated and understood
• when their individual strengths and efforts are encouraged and recognized, and specific and timely feedback on their performance is provided
• in a school community where respect, acceptance for differences, and civility are modeled by all
• when their families are encouraged to take an active, supportive role in their education and basic human needs (shelter, nutrition) are met
• in schools
that are clean, well equipped, safe and conducive to learning
when they know we care about them
The Profile of a Shenendehowa Elementary Student, Middle School Student and High School Graduate identifies in eight broad terms what all students must know and be able to demonstrate upon completion of each level.
District Alma Mater
Shenendehowa Central out on the plain so clear
Her Carillon bells are standing a symbol we hold dear
And through the years she'll guide us and help us on our way
We never will forget her but with honor will repay
Alma Mater, Alma Mater
to thee we sing our praise
Our standard our guide always
Written by Shen band teacher William MacElroy and his wife in 1962