About Pine Plains

  • About the Community

    The Pine Plains Central School District is located in the historic and scenic Mid-Hudson Valley between the Catskill and Berkshire mountain ranges. Residents enjoy scenic, rural living while having access to cultural and recreational opportunities in New York City, Upstate New York and New England.

                    The Pine Plains Central School District communities have an estimated population of 9,000 residents. The nine communities comprising the District are supported by a number of dairy farms, horse farms, and small businesses. Many residents commute to employment in Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Westchester County. 

                    There are seven major colleges within a one hour drive.  These educational institutions also offer a variety of activities to community residents.  These colleges and universities include Bard, Marist, Vassar, Williams, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Albany, Dutchess and Columbia Greene Community Colleges.

                    Pine Plains and the surrounding communities are safe and friendly environments to raise a family.  Housing is reasonably affordable.  Quality health care and major hospitals are readily accessible to area residents. Diverse houses of worship are located within the nine communities that comprise the Pine Plains Central School District.

    About the District

    The Pine Plains Central School District covers 140 square miles and includes the towns of Pine Plains, Stanford, and parts of the towns of Ancram, Clermont, Clinton,Gallatin, Livingston, Milan and Northeast.  Approximately twenty percent of the District’s population is located in Columbia County and eighty percent in Dutchess County.  The majority of the residents reside in the Towns of Pine Plains and Stanford.

                    Pine Plains is approximately 28 miles northeast of Poughkeepsie, 60 miles south of Albany, and 10 miles west of the Massachusetts and Connecticut borders. It is a two-hour drive to New York City. Amtrak is 30 minutes away in Rhinecliff, and MetroNorth is 20 minutes away in Wassaic.

                    The District serves approximately 1,001 students in grades K-12. The district is comprised of four buildings: Cold Spring Early Learning Center service grades K - 2, Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center serving grades 3-5, Stissing Mountain Middle School serving grades 6 - 8, and Stissing Mountain High School serving grades 9 - 12. 

    Additional Highlights:

    • Honors Courses are available in English, Global Studies, and American History
    • Advanced Placement Courses offered in Calculus, Chemistry, European History, and Biology
    • Character Education Program
    • China Exchange Program-six week intensive immersion experience for Pine Plains students and students attending high school in Nanjing, China
    • FFA Fall Agricultural Festival-highlights the unique agriculture program in the District and the area’s agricultural heritage.
    • Annual School Musical-major community event involving drama students, volunteers and professionals
    • Dutchess County