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About Our School

About Our School

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SECSD’s student population is served in two buildings – the Elementary School for primary and intermediate levels, and the Middle/High School for grades 6-12.
Both buildings are situated on a large campus, comprising approximately 400 acres that includes wooded areas with trails, a transportation center, athletic facilities, a greenhouse, and a sap house – all to support our diverse programming for students.
SECSD’s current enrollment is approximately 1,300 students, organized in the following configuration: Primary (UPK-Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12).
SECSD employs 179 instructional staff and 150 support staff, with 10 administrators and two supervisors overseeing the District’s programs.
SECSD is dedicated to the belief that the personal and academic growth of each student should flourish in a caring, nurturing environment. The goal of the instructional program is to provide coordinated and systematic instruction from UPK-12 that will permit students to progress in their studies in a continuous manner according to their abilities, interests and educational needs. The District curriculum is aligned with NYS Learning Standards and infused with current research-based instructional practice.
Elementary School: Instruction is tailored to meet the unique learning needs of UPK-5 students through the use of research-based curricula and strategies. Core academic areas are enhanced with a robust offering of special-area classes, including MakerSpace, Art, Music, and Physical Education.
Middle School: Offers continuous instruction in basic skills areas and expands course offerings in a number of specialized disciplines, including enrichment. Instruction is delivered through single mods, and the staff is organized into grade-level interdisciplinary teams.
High School: Organized into content-based departments, instruction is delivered within a traditional 40-minute schedule. A broad array of instructional programs – from academic intervention services to advanced placement, college courses, and independent studies – are available to all students on the basis of individual needs and interests. Programming is continually assessed and new courses are frequently offered. Sherburne-Earlville High School is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents.
Athletics: SECSD provides a wide range of athletic programs for students at the varsity, junior varsity and modified levels. The athletic director and coaches oversee the following programs for student-athletes. Fall – Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer; Winter – Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Swimming, Indoor Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling; Spring – Baseball, Golf, Softball, Track and Field.
Special Education: The Special Education Department works throughout the year to meet the needs of students supported by an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan. The Section 504 Committee, Committee on Special Education (CSE) or the Committee on Pre-school Special Education (CPSE) meet annually, or as needed, to review a student's academic progress. Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to participate throughout the special education process.
The Sherburne-Earlville Central School District was formed in 1967, when the former Sherburne Central School District merged with the Earlville Central School District. SECSD covers approximately 158 square miles and includes the towns of Columbus, New Berlin, North Norwich, Otselic, Plymouth, Sherburne and Smyrna in Chenango County, as well as the towns of Brookfeld, Georgetown, Hamilton and Lebanon in Madison County.
SECSD is the largest employer in the community, which is largely rural. Other local employers include Chobani, New York Central Mutual Insurance Company, Frontier Telecom, Baille Lumber, Chenango Valley Pet Food, Mid-York Press, and Golden Artist Colors. Chenango County ranks 10th in the number of dairy farms in New York State.
The community is served by modern and fully accredited hospitals in nearby Norwich and Hamilton. Norwich serves as the county seat, where the county office building, county courthouse, and other county facilities are located.
Paddleford Park, less than 2 miles from the SECSD campus, is a multifaceted public park with an outdoor swimming pool, athletic fields, picnic area, and playground. The Rogers’ Conservation Center is a short drive down Route 80. Annual summer concerts and an art festival are held in Gaines Park, Sherburne.
Cultural opportunities include The Earlville Opera House and three local public libraries in Sherburne, Earlville and Smyrna. Turning Stone Casino, which offers a wide range of musical entertainment, is less than an hour’s drive from Sherburne.
Nearby Colleges/Universities
SECSD is within 60 miles of 15 colleges/universities and has collaborative ties with the closest to our campus, Colgate University, which offers enrichment classes to S-E high school students. Driving distances from SECSD to area institutes of higher learning are as follows:
Colgate University            
SUNY Morrisville               
Cazenovia College           
Hamilton College             
Hartwick College              
Utica University 
SUNY Oneonta   
SUNY Polytechnic Institute           
SUNY Cortland   
Le Moyne College            
Syracuse University         
SUNY College of Environmental Science
SUNY Empire State College - Syracuse
SUNY Delhi          
SUNY Binghamton            
10.4 miles (14 min)
17.9 miles (25 min)
29.3 miles (39 min)
29.6 miles (37 min)
35.1 miles (49 min)
35.2 miles (44 min)
35.7 miles (50 min)
39.8 miles (49 min)
44.8 miles (61 min)
45.0 miles (65 min)
46.9 miles (69 min)
47.2 miles (72 min)
52.7 miles (66 min)
55.2 miles (73 min)
58.1 miles (73 min)
Annual Events
The area hosts several weekend cultural and family events throughout the year. Such events include Colorscape Chenango, a blues festival, the Sherburne Arts Festival, and the Chenango County Fair.
The first weekend in June, SECSD plays host to the famous Sherburne Pageant of Bands – one of the oldest and largest school-band events on the East Coast. Sponsored by the Sherburne Fire Department, the Pageant culminates with a marching-band parade through downtown Sherburne to the awards ceremony at our stadium. The Pageant is free and open to the public. Parking and concessions are available near the high school.
Updated 3/24/2023
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