Poughkeepsie High School
Poughkeepsie High School serves a student population that in 2019-20 was approximately 52.6 percent Black/African American, 29.7 percent Hispanic/Latino, 11.8 percent white, 4.6 percent multiracial, and less than 1 percent American Indian/Alaska Native/, Asian or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
About 195 of our students received some form of special education supports.
In addition to offering the traditional courses needed to graduate high school, PHS offers Honors and Advanced Plaement courses in all major content areas. Plus, the school offers electives and creative pathways to graduation approved by New York State including Ceramics, Creative Writing, Concert Band, Chorus, Gothic Literature, Acting and Playwriting, Folktales, Myths and Legends, Criminal Justice, Black History, Financial Literacy and Psychology to name just a few.
PHS offers a five year program called E-Tech which is in collaboration with Dutchess Community College and Central Hudson. We also offer a School to Work program and have members of our student body engaged in a variety of BOCES programs. PHS is very proud of their JROTC Program which allows students to receive instruction from Chief Wagner via a curriculum designed by the United States Sir Force.
Outside of the classroom, students have many clubs and extra-curricular activities. Our students thrive on their extra-curricular activities such as Debate Team (winner of the 2020 Bard College Debate Tournament) Culture Shock Dance Club, PHS Step-Team, MBK (My Brother's Keeper), Brother to Brother, Sister to Sister, GSA (Gay - Straight Alliance) Club, Music Ensemble, Jazz Improv, Pioneer Post Newspaper, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, PHS Student Government, Phois Yearbook Committee, Multi-Cultural Club, Math Team, Vassar Science Scholars, Art Club, Chess Club, Ski Club PHS also offers a wide range of athletic opportunities for young men and women such as Soccer, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Softball, Crew, Bowling, Track and Field, Indoor Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball, and Cheerleading.
In addition, our Teen Closet Program offers students access to hygiene products, clothing, rain gear and more - all donated by members of the Poughkeepsie community. Staff and students volunteer to keep the closet up and running.
PHS has many community partners that offer support to our students:
- Marist Upward Bound
- Marist College Liberty Partnership Program
- Chamber of Commerce Career Action Center
- Vassar College
- Harvard University
- Dutchess Community College
- Central Hudson
- The Poughkeepsie Alliance, Inc.
Phone: (845) 451-4850 (During the COVID-19 pandemic, call 845-391-2204)
Fax: (845) 451-4807