The Southern Cayuga School District enjoys an ideal setting in the Finger Lakes region. Stretching from Cayuga to Owasco Lakes, the district is approximately 162 square miles and is located about 15 miles from Auburn, 25 miles from Ithaca, 40 miles from Syracuse and 60 miles from Rochester.
The student population is currently about 700. Our traditional agricultural community also includes college staff working at Cornell University and Wells College as well as Ithaca and Cayuga Community Colleges. Our strong agricultural heritage blends harmoniously with business professionals. Southern Cayuga and Wells College have an active partnership that benefits learners of every age from both institutions.
Our students are housed on one campus, in a building which includes the Emily Howland Elementary School for grades pre-K to 6 and the SCCS Junior/Senior High School for grades 7 to 12. The district has its own planetarium, observatory, pool, and greenhouse. Programming is available for students and community members, including a monthly astronomy night and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program during the school year. The High School offers a full range of courses, including advanced placement, college courses and tech prep programs in agriculture, business and technology education for career preparation. The district has made a strong commitment to integrating instructional technology for students and staff.
We are committed to the success of our students. We offer a wide range of courses in the area of fine arts and have well-established academic assistance programs that use achievement data to diagnose student needs and prescribe instruction using scientifically based research.