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Welcome to the Watkins Glen
Central School District


(Photo courtesy of The Odessa File)


Message from Our Superintendent



Watkins Glen Central School District is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York. Located at the south shore of Seneca Lake the Village of Watkins Glen has many shops, The State Park Gorge and of course the internationally recognized Watkins Glen International Race Track. Our School District is located on 12th street in the Village.

The District enrollment is approximately 1,200 students Kindergarten thru 12th grade. The District just completed a consolidation project which resulted in the closing of the Middle School and the development of a single districtwide campus. Included in this project was a $24,600,000 capital project. The focus of this project was the expansion of the High School to include grade 7 and 8. Additionally a substantial focus of the project was to upgrade our facilities with a concentration on the development and implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. We have also improved security campus wide with the addition of monitored entrances, video monitoring systems on all district property and updated fire safety notification systems.

Our cohort graduation rate (Students entering grade 9 and graduating in 4 years) as of 2014 is 89%. We have a comprehensive academic program including Accelerated College Education Courses, Advanced Placement courses, BOCES and New Visions programs, comprehensive Art and Music programs grades Pre-K thru 12 as well as a complete offering of Special Education services. The District also offers a complete menu of Athletic opportunities for student athletes (Fall, winter and Spring).

Our vision as a District is to surround and support all students as they journey towards College and Career readiness. As part of this vision we believe it is critical to provide 21st century learning facilities and programming in an effort to develop 21st century skills our students will need to compete in a global economy.   




Tom Phillips, WGCSD Superintendent