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All About RHCSD


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 resulted in the construction of a grades 9-12 high school in 1962, and the 1968 construction of an elementary school housing grades PreK-2 in a primary wing and grades 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 is just under 1,600 students in grades Pre-K-12 for the 2022-23 school year.  

Our Mission Statement  

The Red Hook Central School District is a welcoming and diverse community of learners committed to personal growth and caring for others.   

Our Vision Statement  

The Red Hook Central School District seeks to empower each individual to embrace today and navigate the possibilities of tomorrow. 

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."   **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.  

Using the SchoolMessenger App

How do I sign up for the SchoolMessenger App?

You must have a valid email address and it must be listed in eSchoolData. If you have an eSchoolData Parent Portal account, you will use your Parent Portal email address.

Follow these steps:

Download the SchoolMessenger App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market, OR you can also access the SchoolMessenger App web portal at

Click the “Sign Up” button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure link. Note: If you receive an “this account already exists” error message that means you already created a SchoolMessenger account using the email address in eSchoolData. Simply follow the “Return to login” link and login. Use the “Forgot your password” link if needed to reset your password to an existing account. 

After authenticating via the link sent to your email, return to the SchoolMessenger App and sign in using your email and password.

You will see the message screen that lists any recent messages.

What's in the SchoolMessenger App?

Once you've created your account, we'll automatically link the records associated with your email address. You can then:

View the records associated with your account - student, staff, parent records.
Review the last 30 days’ worth of messages for all your associated records.
View your contact information and configure how you would like to receive notifications.
To view messages, check student contacts, and change/add preferences and contact information, click on the menu icon (three parallel lines) on the top left.

If you would like to receive push notifications, go to “Settings” and turn push notifications on.

NOTES: To ensure that you are receiving important school and district information, make sure that you are receiving general messages via email.

If you add an additional cell phone, you must click whether you want to receive calls and/or text messages for each message type (e.g. emergencies, closing/delays, general, etc..). 
Please email for further information.