About Dutchess BOCES

Dutchess BOCES was organized on May 22, 1957, upon the order of the Commissioner of Education. Through the cooperative efforts of our thirteen component school districts, Dutchess BOCES is able to offer a wide variety of educational programs and support services to children and adults in Dutchess County. We serve a student base of 47,000 pupils. The present operational budget is in excess of $46 million.


The Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services provides educational leadership through service, solutions and savings.


Dutchess BOCES is recognized for its premier educational and support services providing quality and cost-effective solutions for our community. We promote an organizational culture fostering collaboration, innovation, efficiency, excellence and leadership that is embraced by BOCES and its community.


Goal #1:

Raise the academic performance of all students in Dutchess County.

Goal #2:

Provide staff development appropriate to fulfill the BOCES mission.

Goal #3:

Collaborate with other BOCES, school districts and county agencies to fulfill the mission.

Our Core Values & Beliefs

Our vision for the future is based on a set of core values and beliefs, including our commitment to:

  • Be the premier educational and support service provider for our community, public and private agencies, and employers
  • Build the capacity of Dutchess County to provide life-long learning for all members of the community
  • Be recognized as a leader in our educational communities
  • Offer services of unparalleled excellence
  • Promote sharing and cooperation among our communities
  • Provide cost-effective services
  • Encourage innovation and foster creativity
  • Be committed to customer satisfaction
  • Be responsive to change
  • Be effective communicators

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The Area

Dutchess County is located in the scenic Hudson Valley just north of New York City. The Hudson Valley is one of the faster growing business and residential areas of the United States and has a population of over two million. An excellent infrastructure of major highways, rail services and nearby Stewart International Airport provides convenience for travel to New York City and other major destinations. Housing remains affordable.

The county enjoys recreational access to the Hudson River and close proximity to several colleges, museums, shopping centers and varied cultural opportunities. The county of 848 square miles boasts a terrain of rolling hills, streams, forests, orchards and thirty miles of Hudson River coastline.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Dutchess BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, creed, color, national origin, marital status or disability.

Title IX and 504 Compliance

Dutchess BOCES offers employment and educational opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, national origin or disability. Inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the following individuals. These officials will provide information, including complaint procedures to any citizen, student or employee who feels that his or her rights under Title IX or Section 504 may have been violated by the BOCES or its officials