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Spackenkill High School - Poughkeepsie, NY

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At Spackenkill High, we aspire for excellence in everything we do. We have more performance groups in music than schools that are many times our size, including a String Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Chorus that perform at local parades and with such celebrities as the late Aretha Franklin. Our Math Team is ranked in the top 20 teams in the state. Sixteen out of 17 varsity teams achieved the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Team Award in the last school year and frequently are county and statewide champions. Our Science Olympiad team finished number one in the Small Schools division in New York State, and number four among all schools statewide. In addition, one of our juniors earned second place nationally in the prestigious Siemens Competition this fall. We recently had four finalists recognized for the National Merit Scholarship Award and four students who placed in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region.

Proudly, over 70% of our students participate in a school club or athletic team. Almost 40% of our students give back to their community by actively participating in LEO Club. Small in size but huge in heart, Spackenkill High School's state-wide reputation for excellence is well-deserved.

Spackenkill High School

112 Spackenkill Road
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603-5024

(845) 463-7810

Mr. Steven J. Malkischer, Principal at time of Nomination

Spackenkill Union Free School District

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Inspired by a tradition of excellence and a spirit of continuous improvement, the Spackenkill School District will provide all of our students with the academic and social skills necessary to pursue their goals and become responsible citizens in an interdependent global community.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 62%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 14%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 22%