The Red Hook Central School District was organized on October 26, 1937 after a fire destroyed the Union Free School District building thereby providing the impetus for 11 Common and Union Free school districts to centralize. On September 6, 1939, the district dedicated a "new" central school on Linden Avenue.
Since centralization, growth in the community has resulted in the construction of a grade 9-12 high school in 1962 and the 1968 construction of an elementary school housing grades K-2 in a primary wing and grade 3-5 in an intermediate wing. The original central school, now the Linden Avenue Middle School, currently houses grades 6-8.
The district encompasses approximately 90 square miles and includes portions of the Towns of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Milan in Dutchess County as well as Clermont and Livingston in Columbia County.
Enrollment averages approximately 2,000 students in grades K-12.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Red Hook Central School District shall be to develop in its students the knowledge, intellectual integrity, and social consciousness to prepare them to accept the obligations and opportunities found in a complex society. The District seeks to provide a challenging educational environment that fosters and rewards the values of respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, and community service in all its members.
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Staying in Touch
If you are a parent of a child in our district and would like to OPT IN to receive emergency notifications from the Red Hook Central School District via text message, please do the following:
1. From your cell phone, start a new text message.**
2. Enter the short code 68453 into the recipient field (the "person" you are sending this text message to).
3. Type the word "optin" in the message body. You do not need to include the quotations.
4. The SchoolMessenger school-to-home notification system will send you a response back that says: "You are now registered to receive aprox 5 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply. schoolmessenger.com/tm"
**This feature will only work on the cell phone number(s) you have previously provided to the school as part of your contact information. If you have a new cell phone number or have not provided your existing cell phone to your child's school, the system cannot automatically update your contact record. You will need to call the main office secretary in your child's school to update your phone contact information.
Choosing to receive text messages from Red Hook Central School is OPTIONAL. Emergency notifications are sent out via SchoolMessenger to email addresses, home/work/cell phone numbers on file with the school district. If you have not received an email from the school district, please check your email account as emails are frequently bounced back due to lack of storage in your account.