Award Year: 2016

Haldane High School

15 Craigside Drive
Cold Spring, NY, 10516-1813

(845) 265-9254

Mr. Brian Alm, Principal at time of Nomination

Peter Carucci, Current Principal

Haldane Central School District

School Website


Haldane Central School District will prepare all students to succeed in an ever changing global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 86%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Haldane High School Seniors take part in service learning with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.

Haldane High School Seniors take part in service learning with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.

Located in Cold Spring, New York, Haldane has a long tradition of providing excellent education to the children of Philipstown. The Haldane Union Free School opened in 1890 and today serves nearly 900 K-12 students, with 300 in the high school. Haldane seeks to challenge students, one mind at a time, to achhieve just beyond their potential. Haldane strives to prepare all students to be global citizens and 21st century learners who are innovative, creative, adaptable, and independent in a project-based learning environment.

Haldane students learn in a progressive culture of collaboration and innovation. To create this learning environment, Haldane emphasizes experiential, authentic opportunities that promote deeper learning through applied methodologies. Realizing that a successful student is one who is willing to try new things, Haldane encourages germane, student-driven ideas that enhance individual educational experiences.

Community is everything at Haldane. Drama productions receive coaching from a former Broadway actor, choreography from a former Radio City Rockette, and set design from an area architect and contractors. Professional musicians guide the jazz band, and a published poet and local professor inspires the Creative Writing class. Athletic teams are steeped in deep tradition and pride, as they play on a turf field recently funded by the community. Countless other parents, townspeople, and professionals volunteer their time on school committees, including safety, environmental, and wellness. Field trips, workshops, and speakers are made possible by the Haldane School Foundation and PTA. Because of these efforts, our students are challenged, engaged, and thriving.