Thank you for visiting the Indian River Central School District web site. This section is designed to familiarize you with the district and to give you an overview of some of the programs we offer for the benefit of our students. 

Our district is governed by a nine-member Board of Education through the superintendent of schools, Mary Anne Dobmeier. The Board of Education has developed the goals below for each of the students attending school at Indian River. The entire educational program is geared toward developing productive, successful citizens through a broad range of stimulating activities and educational programs.

District Goals 

The goal of our district is to provide our students with the resources and a climate that will both stimulate and prepare them to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Develop social skills
  • Become successful citizens
  • Instill the quest for knowledge

The district is located in rural upstate New York, where the main industry is agriculture. It centralized its educational operations in 1956, moving from the local school house model to a centralized district model in which resources could be combined for better productivity. Throughout the course of this move, however, the district has maintained its community roots. As a result of this effort, you will find local primary schools in villages, which serve as feeder schools to our centralized intermediate, middle, and high schools.

The character of the district began to change in the mid-1980s with the announcement that the 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army would be stationed at neighboring Fort Drum. The ensuing construction effort, followed by the stationing of nearly 10,000 soldiers and their families on the post, altered the essential agricultural character of the area. As a result, the district now has both rural and suburban characteristics, with a wide variety of multi-cultural opportunities for the entire community.

In order to accommodate the increased student population brought about by the expansion of Fort Drum, the district embarked on an extensive capital construction project. Beginning in 1988 and continuing into 2002, the district spent in excess of $95 million dollars to expand and improve all of its facilities. This expansion included the construction of three new school buildings as well as significant renovations to all other buildings. In addition to the changes in the educational buildings, the district invested heavily in providing a modern athletic complex and a modern transportation terminal hub for its extensive transportation requirements. Taken together, these improvements have modernized all of our facilities and are a key component of ensuring a quality educational experience. As of March 2011, the District has finished a $39 million capital construction project that provides additional classroom spaces at Calcium Primary School, the Intermediate School, and the High School. There have also been essential remodeling and upgrades that impact all of the other district facilities. 

In order to give you a better feel for the district, here are a few statistics for you to ponder. The district covers 284 square miles and has 4,168 students enrolled as of March 16, 2011. Our current operating budget is $68 million and is used to support a sizeable educational and support infrastructure. We have approximately 675 full and part-time employees, and that does not include bus drivers, for whom we contract with Freeman Bus Company. We have over 360 acres of campus space, of which 53 acres are playing fields for a variety of sports and athletic activities. Due to the size of the district and the student body, we maintain a fleet of 90 school buses and 26 support vehicles.

The district runs over one million home-to-school and return regular route miles annually and has an extensive safety program in place to ensure that this is done with safety as a primary consideration. Currently, 66% of our students are from a military background or are related to Fort Drum. The diversity in background that is brought to the district by this factor has truly enriched student opportunities, and the district provides extracurricular activities that touch almost every imaginable interest and capitalize on the variety of talents that our students bring to the district.


  • Average Class Sizes (Student to Teacher):









  • Drop out Rate: 1.0% (2009-2010)
  • Graduation Rate: 89% (2009-2010 for all students)

These statistics reflect the student-to-teacher ratios and data as of the end of March 2011. This data clearly demonstrates that Indian River provides exceptional educational opportunities to our students.

As noted above, the district is adjacent to Fort Drum and is located mostly in Jefferson County, though portions of the district extend into St. Lawrence County as well. The district is well situated in the recreational area of the North Country, just east of the Thousand Islands region and just west of the vast Adirondack Park. In the depiction above, the district boundaries are approximated by the heavy black line. Indian River encompasses portions of eight separate towns, including five villages and the majority of the new construction on Fort Drum. To give you an idea of how the district schools are situated, we can look at the district generally from north to south. We have five primary schools educating children from pre-Kindergarten (in three of our primary schools) and Kindergarten through the third grade. They are located in Theresa, Antwerp, Philadelphia, Evans Mills, and on the outskirts of Calcium. The Intermediate School (grades four and five), the Middle School (grades six through eight), and the High School (grades nine through twelve) are all situated on a large campus located just to the south of the village of Philadelphia. The High School houses the Indian River Theatre of the Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art performance venue with a seating capacity of 1400. The High School also has a Large Group Instruction room, containing the latest in technology equipment for use with instruction.

There's one final item we'd like to bring to your attention—our academic programs. There are many offerings, and frankly, it's difficult to select which ones to discuss. To highlight a few areas, we have an extensive program focused on literacy, from Reading Recovery in the first grade to an integrated Literacy Collaborative/Intermediate Balanced Literacy program through the sixth grade. Our math program focuses on developing the basics while using higher thinking and cognitive skills. Thus, in the primary grades, we do aim to "leave no child behind." At the secondary level, we offer college courses through the Syracuse University Project Advance program, as well as local community college articulation agreements. These are transferable, credit-bearing college courses taught by adjunct faculty from Syracuse University and local institutions. We also offer technical training, as in our NetPrep program, which teaches students the intricacies of designing, constructing, and maintaining a computer network. The district uses an aggregate of over 2400 computers for instructional purposes, as well as an array of other sophisticated technological equipment for both learning and management. In the arts we have a wide variety of band, choral, and orchestral music offerings, a variety of theatre course work (acting, design, and directing), and we offer a diverse array of art courses, including portrait photography and computer graphics. Our foreign language program begins in the eighth grade and offers a choice of Spanish, German, French, and Latin. And for those students whose primary language is not English, we have an extensive program of English to Speakers of Other Languages services to ensure that every child has the language skills necessary to survive in today's American society.

If you would like more information regarding the Indian River Central School District, please email us at info@ircsd.org.

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