Monroe–Woodbury Central School District

The Monroe–Woodbury Central School District (MWCSD) is a school district in Orange County, New York. Most students in the school district live in the towns of Monroe or Woodbury, hence the name. However, there are some students in the district that live in either Harriman, Highland Mills, Central Valley, Chester, Blooming Grove, or Tuxedo.[citation needed]

Monroe–Woodbury Central School District
278 Route 32
Central Valley
, New York, 10917
United States
District information
NCES District ID3619650 [1]
Students and staff
Students6,802 (2020–2021)[1]
Teachers496.25 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Staff361.01 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Student–teacher ratio13.71:1[1]
Other information

The district includes Monroe Village, most of Woodsbury, Harriman, Walton Park, and a portion of South Blooming Grove. The town of Monroe and portions of the towns of Blooming Grove, Chester, Tuxedo, and Woodbury are in the district boundaries.[2]


In 1985 the district assumed responsibility of special education students in the Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel after the United States Supreme Court stated in 1985 that public school instruction cannot be done within an active religious school's facilities; previously Kiryas Joel students were educated in yeshivas by tax-supported public school teachers. Orthodox Jewish parents complained about discrimination against their children by other students at MWCSD and advocated for creating a special school district covering Kiryas Joel, made up entirely of Orthodox Jewish people. In 1989 the Kiryas Joel School District was created for special education in Kiryas Joel.[3]

In 2016 the school board okayed transferring 164 acres (66 ha) of land from the Monroe-Woodbury district to the Kiryas Joel district. The school board of Monroe-Woodbury would then have to decide, and upon that confirmation the transfer would be complete.[4] In 2017 all board members of Monroe-Woodbury approved the boundary change.[5]

Student bodyEdit

In 1994 the district had 5,500 students. Joseph Berger of The New York Times wrote that they were "from largely secular backgrounds".[6]


The high school

The district's schools consist of 7 learning facilities. Sapphire Elementary & Smith Clove serve children (grades kindergarten-1). Central Valley, North Main, and Pine Tree elementary schools (grades 2–5), and Monroe-Woodbury Middle School (grades 6–8) and Monroe-Woodbury High School (grades 9–12) are the higher level buildings in the district. There are four houses in the Middle School, named Yellow, Green, Red and Blue, as well as 4 in the high school, named A, B, C, and D.


The Monroe-Woodbury school colors are purple, black, and white. The mascot is a mounted Crusader bearing a lance and shield, as depicted in the adjacent picture. The Crusader represents the strength and spirit of determination that both the students and faculty of the district possess. The schools have many sports, including cross country, track and field, football, soccer, swimming, basketball, baseball, softball, hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and more. The district also has a large variety of extra-curricular activities available to its student body. The only international activity the district is involved in is Odyssey of the Mind. Other extra-curricular activities include Athletic Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Drama Club, D&D Club, FBLA, History Club, Model UN, Mock Trial, Interact, American Sign Language Club, SADD, NHS, STARS, LEAD, and more.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for MONROE-WOODBURY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  2. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Orange County, NY" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  3. ^ Berger, Joseph (1995-03-09). "Court Affirms Public School For Hasidim". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  4. ^ McKenna, Chris (2017-12-27). "Kiryas Joel school board OKs adding 164-acre annexation to district". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  5. ^ "'The time to act is now'". Warwick Advertiser. 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  6. ^ Berger, Joseph (1994-06-28). "THE SUPREME COURT: THE SCHOOL; Ruling Leaves Anxiety Among Parents But Perhaps Little Change for Students". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-12-06.

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