Invested in our Community

  • Arlington Central School District - Invested in Our Community

    The first priority of Arlington Schools is to provide our students with a high-quality, well-rounded education. Our schools enjoy an excellent rating among the State's schools and we are recognized nationally for several of our programs. Our mission is to empower all students to be self-directed, lifelong learners, who willingly contribute to their community, and lead passionate, purposeful lives.

    While academics are paramount, we also expect our students to be of good character and to contribute positively to our local and global communities. To this end, we lead by example by striving to engage meaningfully in our broader community. Many of our classes and student organizations, from kindergarten through high school, bring the gift of music, art, and service to our hospitals, nursing homes, and community agencies. 

    We invite our community to visit us – through theatrical events, concerts, and sporting events at the high school and middle schools. We also have a variety of volunteer opportunities in our district. Please call Melissa Erlebacher, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 486-4460 ext. 20171 to explore the possibilities. 

    Use of Facilities
    Youth recreational leagues, scouts, and community groups regularly use school rooms, gymnasiums, and fields. Community members are welcome to inquire about using our facilities. Guidelines, fees, and use of facility forms are available in the Community section of our Web site. 

    Continuing Adult/Community Education
    Learning does not end after high school, college, or even graduate school…it is a lifelong endeavor. Arlington is proud to offer over 300 annual continuing education classes for adults, teens, and children. 

    Golden Admiral Cards
    All Arlington residents who are 62 years or older can receive a Golden Admiral Card, which entitles Arlington senior citizens to a 10% discount off all Continuing Education courses. This card also allows the holder to attend a variety of Arlington High School concerts, sporting events, and theatrical performances free of charge or at a reduced fee. If you have not received a Golden Admiral Card, call 486-4860 extension 2101. 

    The Dutchess County Community
    Dutchess County has been inhabited for more than three and a half centuries, first by the Dutch and then by the English. Their influence is still evident in place names, architecture, and local history. Although the "Lords of the Manor," who presided over much of the Valley in Colonial days have long since gone, their beautiful manor houses have become museums and their extensive estates along the river are now public parks and picnic areas. Historical sites abound. A community of interest exists culturally as well as historically, for we support our own distinguished Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, experimental theaters at the colleges, and regional theaters throughout the countryside. Art museums and antique shops, arboretums and public gardens, and many restoration projects appeal to varied interests.

    Many colleges are nearby: Bard, The Culinary Institute of America, Dutchess Community College, Marist, Mount St. Mary’s College, SUNY New Paltz, West Point Military Academy, and Vassar College. In the Community Section of our website, we have provided several links to local government and organizations that can tell you more about what Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Valley have to offer.