Glens Falls City Schools provide K-12 public education for approximately 2,000 students living in the City of Glens Falls and part of the Town of Queensbury within the Adirondack region of upstate New York. Our small-city district covers approximately four square miles, and students walk to and from one of three neighborhood elementary schools, or the middle and high school, which are situated next-door to each other on Quade Street.
Big Cross Street, Jackson Heights and Kensington Road elementary schools serve students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Glens Falls Middle School educates students in grades 5-8, and students in grades 9-12 attend Glens Falls High School. Students from our neighboring district, Abraham Wing (Glens Falls Common School District), tuition into GFSD beginning in seventh grade, and graduate with a Glens Falls diploma. The district has a half-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for 4-year olds that is filled by lottery each spring.
In 2012, and again in 2016, Glens Falls High School earned a Silver Medal in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of best high schools in the country—placing the top 18% of high schools in New York State and the top 7% nationally. In 2013, the high school was ranked 19th out of 85 schools in the Capital Region in The Business Review’s annual Schools Report.
Glens Falls Middle School has been designated an Essential Elements School to Watch three times—most recently in 2015. This highly selective recognition honors academic excellence, organizational structure and commitment to enhancing the school’s program and practices. Only 18 schools in New York State won in 2012.
Get a feel for our academic program in this clip featuring Glens Falls Middle School teachers Jason Brechko and Rob Manning in a segment from PBS affiliate WMHT's documentary, Our Town: Glens Falls.
This additional clip from Our Town: Glens Falls focuses on athletics and community at Glens Falls, and features athletic director Chip Corlew: