The communities comprising the Dryden Central School District are the Village of Dryden, Town of Dryden, Village of Freeville, Etna, Varna, parts of McLean and Harford.

The District currently serves approximately 1,900 students and encompasses nearly 110 square miles. The district has four school buildings—an elementary school (grades K-5) located in Village of Dryden, elementary school (grades K-3) located in Village of Freeville, elementary school (grades K-3) located in Village of McLean, and a middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) located in the Town of Dryden.

The district offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of a diverse community, and it provides excellent educational opportunities for all students, as well as those with interests in music, band, and chorus. The district also offers numerous interscholastic sports which are fully utilized by the students. The sports program continues to contribute to school and community spirit.

The Dryden district is distinguished by the quality of people who are associated with the schools. Dryden has a knowledgeable, skilled and veteran instructional staff, and parent and community support is considered essential to maintaining an environment for effective learning. Educational issues are a main focus, and the District has enjoyed community budget support.

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