Columbia County Education


With a wide range of educational opportunities, Columbia County is a great place to learn and grow.

Public Schooling
Chatham Central School District
Germantown School District
Hudson City School District
Ichabod Crane Central School District
New Lebanon School District
Taconic Hills School District

Private Schooling
Hawthorne Valley School
Darrow School
Mountain Road School
The Columbia Christian Academy

Located just outside of Columbia County are a number of well-respected prep schools including Albany Academy, Emma Willard, Doane Stuart, Christian Brothers Academy, La Salle, and Berkshire School.

Tech Valley High School
At Tech Valley High School, students take part in project-based learning which brings together intellectual study, real world standards, and student engagement in relevant and meaningful work. The school is closely connected with businesses and organizations that are part of New York’s Tech Valley to prepare students for success in high tech careers.  For more information visit Tech Valley High School

The Alternative Learning Center (TALC) is a homeschooling community located in Columbia County with the task of providing opportunities for local homeschoolers to meet and discuss educational resources and knowledge, coordinate activities, and encourage learning. For more information please visit The Alternative Learning Center (TALC)

Rensselaer/Columbia/Greene Questar III
Questar III provides vocational and special education.  Offerings include auto mechanics, construction, data processing, childcare, home economics, cosmetology, and welding. Please visit Rensselaer/Columbia/Greene Questar III for more information.

Columbia-Greene Community College
Located in Greenport and part of New York State’s university system, CGCC offers two year associates degrees as well as professional certification programs.  CGCC has strong relationships with local employers and offers programs to fulfill the specific needs of local businesses.  For students pursuing a four year degree, the college offers an acute transfer program.  The college works with the business community through On-the-Job Training and maintains a Career Resource Room where members of the public can explore career opportunities and conduct job searches.  Please visit Columbia-Greene Community College

Within an hour’s drive of Columbia County exist a wide range of top colleges and universities that offer a variety of curriculums ranging from business and communications to health care and engineering. These schools include: Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUnion CollegeUniversity at AlbanyCollege of St. RoseSiena CollegeSage CollegeBard CollegeVassar College and Marist College.