• "Committed to Excellence" for our students and community

    The city system was organized in 1953 and since then has grown to nearly 1,400 students, 140 faculty and staff members.  It is located on one 84-acre site which adjoins the city and park recreation facilities.  The present school was constructed in 1977 and added to in 1992 and 1998.  It serves students in K-12 with three schools, one for K-5, one for 6-8, and the high school for grades 9-12.  The school’s physical plant includes over 125 classrooms and offices, two media centers, three gyms, a separate band room and an auditorium which seats 804.  In addition to the plant, the complex includes a stadium, track, ball fields and three practice fields.  A major expansion and renovation study is presently underway to provide quality facilities and educational services well into the future.

    Excellence is the hallmark of the Oneonta City School System.  Its students enjoy challenging opportunities afforded students in big cities amid the small town setting of their school.  In addition to courses leading to the state’s academic diploma, the school system offers a variety of electives such as computer studies, humanities, music and drama, foreign languages, vocational courses and more.  The needs of individual students are met through classes for advanced, remedial and special education services.  Oneonta students consistently rank among the state’s highest scores on standardized achievement tests.  All three schools are fully accredited by the state and by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. 

    Oneonta City School is committed to providing its students and teachers with the best of technology.  Oneonta City Schools is fully one-to-one in grades 1-12.  All classrooms in grades 1-5 have Chromebook carts with access for all students.  Students in grades 6-12 take advantage of the one-to-one Chromebook Initiative with a personally assigned Chromebook for use both at school and home.  Additionally, there are five computer labs in the school in addition to two mobile ones.  The entire campus has access to the Internet via our robust wifi infrastructure.  Media centers employ up-to-date technology in every aspect of their programs.

    The system’s teaching and support staff reflects a commitment to excellence.  Most hold advanced degrees and many serve as leaders in their respective fields and in the community.  Community support for the system is evidenced by the active role parents and community leaders play in school programs and activities.  By focusing on its children, Oneonta is facing a future filled with promise and growth.

    A Strategic Plan was developed by a cross-functional team and proposed the following Mission, Vision, and Beliefs:

    MISSION

    "Committed to Excellence" for our students and community

    VISION

    OCS, a small school system rich in tradition and community pride, will ensure each student reaches his or her potential through an unparalleled educational system characterized by an engaging environment, quality instruction, a highly-qualified staff, and a high level of community support.

    BELIEFS

    Oneonta City Schools' students, faculty, and staff believe that:

    • All students have the potential to be successful, prepared graduates.

    • All deserve a challenging curriculum and effective instruction that fosters student engagement.

    • All students are given equitable opportunities to learn in a safe and secure learning environment.

    • All students should have access to state-of-the-art facilities, technology, and athletics.

    • All students deserve diverse opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics.

    • Character, ethics, and positive relationships are important components of a well-rounded education.

    • Our community has a responsibility to encourage and contribute to the education of our students.

    • OCS is the foundation of our community.