From Fortune 500 Executives to NASA Scientists to Celebrity Chefs, the public school systems in Yates County consistently prepare students to be successful in whatever profession they choose. Small class sizes with caring teachers help students succeed in the classroom. Students are also encouraged to participate in as many extracurricular programs as possible. In fact, most students participate in multiple activities all year belonging on multiple sports teams while also taking part in school plays, musical concerts and debate clubs.
The combination of excellent teachers and varied programming consistently produce well rounded students that are prepared to excel after graduation.
Education Opportunities for All Ages
In Yates County, we have opportunities for a great education at every stage in life, from traditional daycare programs to private academies to esteemed opportunities for higher education.
Penn Yan and Dundee School Districts offer programming that focuses on providing children with fun and empowering opportunities, including three seasons of school sports, theater programs, and music programs. Some of the programming that students enjoy include the following:
Project Lead the Way: Project Lead the Way is a hands-on learning experience in computer science, engineer and biomedical sciences that empowers students to solve real-world challenges and inspires them to re-imagine how they see themselves. Penn Yan Academy (PYA) has partnered with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Missouri University of Science and Technology whereby PYA students are able to earn credits at these universities through the successful completion of the courses.
Engineering: As part of Project Lead the Way, PYA partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where PYA students can earn credit from RIT in various engineering courses including:
Design and Drawing for Production
Principals of Engineering
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Bio-Medical Science: Students will be given the opportunity to earn college credit from Missouri University of Science and Technology by completing the following courses:
Principals of Bio Medicine
Human Body Systems
Gemini Program: Offered in partnership with Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC), PYA students have the opportunity to earn college credit in over two dozen courses while still in high school! All courses are transferable to all SUNY colleges and many private institutions! PYA Gemini courses include:
College Psychology / AP U.S. History (6 cr) / College Government / Microsoft Apps / Pre-Calculus / Business Organization / French 4 & 5 / AP Calculus / College Chemistry (8 cr) / Spanish 4 & 5 / English 101 & 102 / COM 110: Speech / College Health / College Biology (8 cr) Art History / AP European History / College Physics (8 cr) / College Economics / Mathematics of Money / Human Body Systems / AP Statistics / College Environmental Science (4 cr) / Accounting (4 cr)
Discover Yates: Discover Yates is a program created by the FLEDC in connection with the local school districts where high school students get out of the classroom and experience hands-on learning from local manufacturing and trades related businesses. Students have leaned about Geo-thermal installations, advanced machining, tool and die making, automobile manufacturing and heavy equipment operations among many other industries.
Alumni Success Story
Peter Spike / PYA Graduate
Alumni Success Story
Jeff Simmons / PYA Graduate
Yates County is surrounded by 33 colleges and universities representing 187,000 students! These institutions include Keuka College, located on Keuka Lake just outside of Penn Yan. Keuka College is a four-year residential college with a focus on liberal arts, offers students experiential learning on a beautiful campus. Other world class universities within a one hour drive include Cornell University, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and University of Rochester.