The Amherst Central School District is comprised of two elementary schools, Windermere Boulevard on the west and Smallwood Drive on the east, Amherst Middle School on the south and Amherst Central High School in the middle of the district. A comprehensive educational program is offered to all students, including those needing special education.
Smallwood Drive School serves approximately 660 students from kindergarten through grade 5. Windermere Boulevard School serves approximately 690 students from kindergarten through grade 5. The middle school houses grades 6 – 8 and has enrollment of approximately 705 students. The school was built in 1955. The high school, our oldest building, houses 880 students in grades 9 – 12, and offers a variety of courses including numerous advanced placement courses.
A Universal Pre-Kindergarten program is available as a half-day program to four-year-old children residing in the district. The program operates from three sites; Windermere Boulevard Elementary School, as well as two community locations at Amherst Community Church Child Care Center and Amherst Nursery School. Registration is held each spring with rolling admission throughout the year, dependent on location and spaces available.
Amherst has adopted an expansive plan to incorporate state-of-the-art equipment into every phase of the educational system. Integrated learning environments will enhance the teaching process in vital new ways encouraging problem solving, exploration and creativity in the classroom. The district’s music and art programs have been recognized throughout the state for their excellence. We offer our students a full range of interscholastic and intramural athletic opportunities.
In 2019, Amherst Central High School averaged a 89% graduation rate with grads continuing their education at a college or university. The Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES) provides special occupational and vocational education for some of our students, as well as students of 18 other subscribing school districts. There are 294 faculty members and support staff of 236. The average teacher’s salary is above the median for the surrounding area.
A strong Alumni Foundation funds additional education programs for all the schools, plus oversees periodic reunions and events.
There are three PTAs; Smallwood, Windermere and a combined Middle School/High School.
By applying for a building permit, the schools may be used by outside organizations whose members are residents.
Statistics About ACSD
District Population - 30,994
Eligible Voters - 23,064
#Voted 5/21/19 - 560
District square miles - 15
School District Buildings - 4
Public School students transported - 2,211
Private/parochial students transported - 219
Special Ed. (outside district) - 65
Private/parochial buildings in district - 4
Private/parochial buildings outside district - 33
Total miles traveled per year - 231,718.56
Enrollment (October 2019) - 2,936 (Pre-K is not included in this total)
2019-2020 Approved Budget - $60,143,000
True Value Tax Rate - $20.326610