South Orangetown Central School District

When considering a move to our area, families and prospective employees often seek online rankings, reviews and testimonials about the South Orangetown Central School District.

Niche ( is a free resource that features school and school district profiles based on data provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Educational Statistics, as well as reviews shared by parents/guardians, recent alumni, students and staff.

Each year, Niche uses this profile data to develop its rankings. In 2022, SOCSD was the top-rated public school district in Rockland County (47th out of 732 statewide) and 30th among the Best School Districts to Teach in New York State. Tappan Zee High School also earned top ranking for public high schools in the county and was rated among the top 50 public high schools statewide. The high school ranked 38th in the state for Best Public School Teachers, as well.

These ratings reflect our community’s support of and investment in our schools. Newly-registering families consistently report that the quality of our District was a driving factor in their decision to move to South Orangetown. Our District’s reputation is also a strong draw for highly-qualified candidates for teaching, administrative and staff vacancies who share our commitment to providing exceptional educational experiences which ensure that all students achieve to their fullest potential.

To help other families and prospective applicants learn about SOCSD, please consider leaving a brief review. Niche suggests the following tips:

  • It doesn’t need to be long—2-3 sentences is plenty!
  • Be specific about your role (e.g., parent/guardian, grade, how many years you’ve been part of the community, etc.)
  • Write about your own personal experience
  • Write about your child’s experience in and out of the classroom or personal growth
  • Write about the community/culture

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