Milford Central School District
Milford, the Town and Village, are both highly desirable locations when people are choosing places to live, but it isn’t just the fact that the area is so centrally located between Cooperstown and Oneonta. The Milford Central School District is a big draw for many families with its reputation for quality education, low teacher to student ratio and small enrollment numbers.
The Milford Central School District, located in Otsego County, is considered one of the best rural district in NY state. The district manages one public school that offers enrollment to pre-kindergarten through 12 grade students. Currently, the school serves about 450 in their expansive building at 42 West Main Street outside the village of Milford. The school’s stated mission is to provide all students with the knowledge, skills, and values to become productive participants in a changing world. A caring staff will ensure successful, challenging experiences that will instill a life-long love of learning.
In their effort to ensure each student receives the best education possible and access to the necessary tools, Milford Central School District places an emphasis on technology and innovation. Middle and high school students are supplied their own Chromebooks that they can use throughout the school year, at home and in school. In keeping with this focus on technology, the school has set up an eSchool Home Access Center website, as well as a smartphone app that synchronizes with digital calendars-both tools to streamline and support students and parents.
The district provides a variety of elective classes as well as basic educational needs such as college prep courses. Along with educational needs, the district provides Academic Intervention Services after school hours for tutoring purposes for those students who may need extra assistance, and a Special Education Department. Additionally, in support of its belief that all students learn more in a kind, supportive environment, the MCS has implemented the Dignity for All Students Act. In accordance with this Act the school provides age-appropriate discussions to teach and promote respectful behavior and creates an environment free of discrimination and harassment that fosters civility within the school and the community.
Size & Student/Teacher Ratio
The average number of students for combination schools in New York is 409, comparatively, Milford Central School is just a bit above average. The student to teacher ratio is 12:1, 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 2015 U.S. News’ “Best High Schools” Report, Milford Central School ranked 131st within New York and #1,270 in the National Rankings, earning a silver medal. And in 2016, MCS earned an overall bronze medal. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.
As outlined in the report, 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 85% for both the school and district vs 70% for the state overall. And in English, the state and district scores were both at 83% vs an 80% state average.
Milford Central School offers a variety of team sports, known collectively as the Wild Cats, at various levels. The various sports include girls and boys soccer, boys and girls basketball, boys baseball, girls softball, and track and field for both girls and girls. Additionally, the school has a cheerleading program open to both boys and girls. Other local organizations offer students the opportunity to explore community volunteering, cultural and social pursuits.