The Valhalla Union Free School District is a suburban school district located in central Westchester County, approximately 30 miles north of New York City. Our district includes parts of the towns of Mount Pleasant, Greenburgh and North Castle. The district was established in 1923; the Kensico School was the last addition in 2001. Our district is home to the historic Kensico Dam, a popular county park. Nearby major highways and Metro-North Railroad stations provide easy travel between Valhalla and Manhattan. Westchester Community College and the Westchester Medical Center are both located in Valhalla.
Valhalla provides a comprehensive educational program focused on the development of our students’ academic, artistic and athletic talents. A special emphasis is placed on educational fundamentals and the individual needs of each student at all levels, enabling every child to establish a strong foundation as he/she/they progresses through school. We highlight kindness, community service and social-emotional learning, while prioritizing student enrichment and achievement. In our small school district, our students are articulate, our staff members are caring, and our community members are receptive.
The district’s comprehensive array of special education, English Language Learner and intervention services are points of pride, each designed to support students in our mission to achieve higher learning standards. All students have access to extensive computer technology and STEM programming through laboratory and classroom experiences, and engagement with emerging technologies and problem-based learning experiences.
Students are continuously engaged in a strong curriculum, which is underscored by critical thinking, effective writing, mathematics and a growing knowledge of world languages, music and the arts. Personalized learning is used to develop global citizens. Our community believes in offering an excellent education to all of our children – and our Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff members are dedicated to ensuring that.
The district’s small size warrants a strong school/home connection, which is showcased by staff members personally knowing families and demonstrating care for their wellbeing. This allows each child to flourish with great cooperation between our community members and those who work in the district. We shine because of our community – the students, parents/guardians, staff members, outside stakeholders and partnering businesses.
The U.S. Department of Education named Valhalla High School a 2017 National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence, and the New York State Education Department deemed it a Recognition School for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. We annually have students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program and often by the Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarships program. The Valhalla Union Free School District has won 19 state and national communications awards over the past five years. Over 98% of graduating seniors pursue higher education, with many being accepted to some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Athletically, over the past decade, our students have won the New York State Championship multiple times (volleyball, track and field and baseball).
The desired start date is July 1, 2021. Valhalla Union Free School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
The Board has appointed Dr. Harold A. Coles, District Superintendent of Southern Westchester Board Of Educational Cooperative Services (BOCES), to assist in the search process. Qualified applicants interested in applying should submit the following by the January 22, 2021 application deadline:
Letter of interest
Completed application form
Three current letters of recommendation
NYS SDA/SDL certification
Applicants are asked not to contact the Valhalla Board of Education directly. Instead, please direct all application materials to:
Dr. Harold A. Coles
Southern Westchester BOCES 17 Berkley Drive Rye Brook, NY 10573
The Valhalla Union Free School District Board of Education is seeking an engaging and transparent leader who values relationships, collaboration, and innovation who can exercise decisive and creative leadership in this challenging time to fill the position of Superintendent of Schools. A three-year contract and a regionally competitive (commensurate with experience) salary will be offered to the successful candidate.
About Valhalla Union Free School District
The Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SWBOCES) coordinates and provides educational and related services for 32 school districts in the Southern Westchester Region.