Award Year: 2018

Chenango Forks High School

1 Gordon Drive
Binghamton, NY, 13901-5614

(607) 648-7544

Mr. John Hillis, Principal at time of Nomination

Chenango Forks Central School District

School Website


The Chenango Forks Central School District believes in providing a strong foundation from which a student can become a positive and productive member of our global society. A community where learners excel.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 36%
Robotics part of our High School STEAM

Robotics part of our High School STEAM

Chenango Forks is a small semi-rural community in New York's upstate Southern Tier region. The school was first centralized in 1938 and since then has had a very strong pedigree in both academics and extracurricular activities.

In years past, the surrounding area had strong connection to technology and manufacturing. The area was the birthplace of IBM, Link Simulation Systems, McIntosh Laboratory Inc., Endicott Johnson Shoes, and many other well-known businesses. The Chenango Forks Central School District was home to a community of IBM and Link engineers, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and many others. It was comprised predominately of white middle class professionals and rural farmers. However, things have changed. Today Chenango Forks is a community growing in diversity. People, cultures, and ideas are changing with each new school year. Its demographics now include populations from all parts of the world and our ENL offerings are growing every year. The high school opened its brand new STEAM Academy in January of 2018 and has since been on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary, co-taught, project based learning that also has a strong connection to dozens of local businesses that act as sites for student internships, the only certified Work Based Learning High School in Central New York. All subject areas are represented, including biology, chemistry, physics, meteorology, forensics, business, English, public affairs, Spanish, French, math and history; and seniors can potentially graduate with two or more semesters of college credit.

Chenango Forks High School takes pride in the comprehensive education it provides for its students. Throughout the school year, students are encouraged to become active in extra-curricular activities, clubs, inter-scholastic sports, and peer help groups. The school facilitates peer tutoring and tutoring of elementary and middle school students by strong high school mentors. Administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents all work interdependently to provide a safe and effective learning environment, a strong foundation from which a student can become a positive and productive member of our community.