Founded in 1820, Delaware Academy is one of the oldest educational institutions in the state and has been continually certified by the Board of Regents since December 12, 1902. The campus is impressively situated atop a hill in the western end of the village overlooking the town and valley, with the river winding below. Originally, a private academy, limited public education began in 1903 with the present Central School District being created by referendum in 1936.
Delaware Academy Central School District, encompasses the Towns of Andes, Bovina, Delhi, Franklin, Hamden, Kortright and Meredith, Delaware County. In all, the district spans 200 square miles in the Catskill Mountain region. This school system services the educational needs of the community offering education for grades K through 12. The District, which operates two schools, has approximately 750 students and is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Education. Budgeted appropriations for the 2015-16 fiscal year total approximately $19.7 million.
Delhi Academy Central School District has a broad number of studies with over 120 different courses, taught by a skilled and experienced faculty. On average, each teacher has at least 14 years of teaching experience. And over 90% of the staff holds advanced degrees. Due to the close proximity to universities and colleges, some of the juniors and seniors take college classes for college credit.
Technology plays a vital role in the Delhi School District. It is an integral supporting element for the curriculum and provides students, staff, and administration with the tools and training necessary for effective communication and participation in a technologically advanced society. The district is networked internally, with the local community, and with the world. Students develop the skills needed to use technology well and the discrimination to use it wisely.
Size & Student/Teacher Ratio
The average number of students for combination schools in New York is 409, comparatively, Delaware Academy High School is very small. The student to teacher ratio is 10:1, which is significantly lower than the average for all US combination schools (15.6) and significantly lower than the average for combination schools in New York (11.5).
According to the 2016 U.S. News’ “Best High Schools” Report, Delaware Academy High School ranks 197th within New York and #2195 in the National Rankings, earning a silver medal. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams, with the school’s student participation rate at 27 percent.
As outlined in the report, Delaware Academy received a College Readiness Rate of 25.4%, which is above state average. In tests measuring subject proficiency, the school performs very well with 2016 test scores being well above the state level both for the school itself and the district. Specifically, in math proficiency scores were at 94% for both the school and district vs 70% for the state overall. And in English, the state and district scores were both at 97% vs an 80% state average.
27% of all students at Delaware Academy High School are enrolled in one or more AP courses. Of those students, 93% received a passing score of 3 or higher (out of 5) on at least one exam, whereas the median across high schools that offer AP courses in New York is only 68%. This means that many of the students who take AP courses at this school will receive college credit for taking the courses.
Compared to the median of all reported high schools in the nation (53%), the enrollment rate at this school is significantly higher than average.
The Delaware Academy Athletic Department considers athletics an integral part of education. It is their goal to provide an environment in which student athletes develop a sense of pride, unity and character; where student-athletes demonstrate a strong social conscience. The middle and high school offer a variety of sports: Football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, track and field, wrestling, golf, indoor track, tennis, and cheerleading. The sports teams are the Delhi Bulldogs, with a bulldog as a mascot.