About Our District
The Thousand Islands Central School District is located in Northern New York on the mighty St. Lawrence River, between the Lighthouse at Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands Bridge, Interstate 81’s gateway to Canada.
We have approximately 7,000 year round residents in the area, which includes the villages of Cape Vincent and Clayton, the hamlets of Depauville, Fishers Landing, Rosiere, Clayton Center, St. Lawrence, and the connecting countryside. Our summer population increases many fold, as friends come from all over New York, the northeast, and Canada to live in and visit this beautiful area.
The economy of the area is based on tourism in the summer, including boat tours of the Thousand Islands area; dairy and beef cattle farming, and small industries. A number of motels, restaurants, trailer parks, and cottage colonies serve the tourist trade. Some of the world’s best bass, pike, and muskie fishing exists on the St. Lawrence River. There are also three state parks in the District plus several others that our within a short drive.
The Thousand Islands Central School District has a student population of around 1100 students. Its physical facilities include two elementary buildings: Cape Vincent Elementary in Cape Vincent and Guardino Elementary in Clayton. The Middle School and the High School are located on a common campus at Sand Bay midway between the village of Cape Vincent and Clayton. The District offices are located in the High School building and Board of Education meetings are held in the High School Library.
The District’s schools are organized K - 5 Elementary, 6 – 8 Middle School, and 9 – 12 High School. At all levels teachers and administrators recognize the importance of a child-centered approach which requires sensitivity and understanding of developmental requirements of student growing from primary years, through budding adolescence, into young adulthood. The instructional programs of the District are designed to meet the varying needs of its active student population. Excellence and equity direct the efforts of the District’s professional staff from Kindergarten to 12th grade. There is a strong academic emphasis at all levels supported by a full range of specialized services including speech and language development, special education and remedial programs, counseling and psychological services, plus a school physician and registered nurses that serve each building in the District.
The special interests and talents of our students are met through a full curriculum of instrumental and choral offerings, art classes, technology courses, and an array of occupational education classes available through the Bohlen Technical Center at BOCES in Watertown.
Advance placement courses and early college admission offers challenging opportunities to our college bound students anxious to get an early start on their college courses. At least 80% of the Thousand Islands graduates pursue post high school educational options – many receiving Regents Scholarships and National Merit Scholarship recognition.
Physical education and interscholastic sports activities are supported by dedicated teachers and coaches backed up by strong community support and good facilities. A full gymnasium is located in each elementary school and two more are situated in the Middle School and High School. In addition to a fitness center/weight room, there is a pool at the High School providing all District students with swimming and water safety instruction as well as community recreation. Large and well maintained grass fields at each building round out the District’s physical education and sports facilities.
Thousand Islands Central School District - Clayton / Cape Vincent NY