City of Binghamton, New York

School System

A Certified 21st Century School District

The Binghamton City School District serves 6,400 students in ten schools; seven elementary, two middle, and one high school. The District was designated by New York State as a 21st Century School District, the only entire district to receive this designation in the State. The District features:

  • International Baccalaureate Organization Program at Binghamton High School: Binghamton is one of 1,270 schools in 110 countries to participate in this pre-university program for highly motivated students designed so graduates can fulfill requirements of various national education systems. It was the third public high school in New York State to achieve this designation.
  • Binghamton High School - continually ranked in top 800 high schools in US, as calculated by the Challenge Index Directory of Best Performing IB/AP High Schools in America - published annually in Newsweek Magazine. 
  • 1:12 Teacher-Student Ratio
  • Rod Serling School of Fine Arts at Binghamton High School, a curricular offering which allows a student to concentrate studies particular areas of Fine Arts
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary and East Middle Schools were selected as "Blue Ribbon Schools" by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Empire State Advantage Gold Award recipient for quality practices in 2004 and 2007. BCSD is the first city school district to achieve this recognition in the program’s history.
  • Recipient of “What Parents Want” Award from School Match, an independent consultant that compiles data on how well schools meet needs of students and parents.
  • Museum-School partnership with Roberson Museum & Science Center, The Kopernik Observatory and Binghamton University to extend learning beyond traditional school walls.

Parochial Schools

The Catholic Schools of Broome County operates Seton Catholic Central High School and St. John's Elementary, a grade K-6 elementary school. The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton offers Hillel Academy, a K-9  school. Graduates of both school systems consistently meet or exceed state standards for academic excellence.

A Region of Higher Learning

Upstate New York is home to many institutions of higher learning. 23 colleges and universities are located within 60 miles of Binghamton:

  • Alfred University (SUNY) - Alfred, NY
  • Binghamton University (SUNY) - Vestal, NY
  • Broome Community College (SUNY) - Binghamton, NY
  • Cobleskill, College of Agriculture & Technology - Cobleskill, NY
  • Colgate University - Hamilton, NY
  • Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  • Corning Community College (SUNY) - Corning, NY
  • Davis College - Johnson City, NY
  • Elmira College - Elmira, NY
  • Hartwick College - Oneonta, NY
  • Ithaca College - Ithaca, NY
  • LeMoyne College - Syracuse, NY
  • Marywood University - Scranton, PA
  • Onondaga Community College - Syracuse, NY
  • Penn State University – Worthington Scranton - Dunmore, PA
  • Scranton University - Scranton, PA
  • SUNY Cortland - Cortland, NY
  • SUNY Oneonta - Oneonta, NY
  • SUNY Delhi - Delhi, NY
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry – Syracuse, NY
  • SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville, NY
  • Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
  • Tompkins-Cortland Community College - Dryden, NY

Binghamton University

One of 64 campuses of the State University system, called “…the premier public university in the Northeast” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Binghamton has been repeatedly ranked the as the best value in public universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and one of the nation’s top 50 public universities by US News & World Report. An NCAA Division I school, the University has nationally high admission standards and enrolls almost 15,000 students in Arts & Sciences, Education & Human Development, Management, Nursing and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering.

Binghamton is one of the four university centers in the SUNY system.Construction is underway on a new, 114,000 square-foot Center of Excellence Building and will connect with the Biotechnology Building and the Engineering and Science Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex.This $33.1 million structure will be the centerpiece of the school’s Innovative Technologies Complex in Vestal. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2013.

Broome Community College

BCC is a comprehensive community college supervised by the State University of New York and sponsored by Broome County. Founded in 1946, BCC has provided career preparation and transfer education opportunities to a diverse student population. As one of the oldest and most respected two-year colleges in the United States, BCC offers comprehensive programs, which lead to transfer to four-year schools or to immediate employment. BCC provides full-time, part-time, evenings only or weekend courses of study.

Broome-Tioga BOCES

BOCES is an occupational training institution, established to help public schools share services. BOCES operates as an extension of local school districts and the State Education Department and serves 15 school districts in Broome and Tioga Counties; these districts comprise 70 schools and nearly 38,000 students. BOCES provides services to local schools with educational support and technology, instructional programs and cooperative management support services.

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute provides education and training for entry-level positions in business, healthcare and computer sciences

Davis College is a Bible-centered higher education institution chartered to offer AAS and Bachelors in Religious Education degrees to prepare graduates for ministry and careers built on a biblical worldview.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a community based outreach organization of Cornell University’s New York State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine.