Welcome to the Enlarged City School District of Middletown

  • The Middletown school district strives to provide fiscally sound educational opportunities in a safe environment that continuously supports our diverse student population. Our mission is to enable all students to graduate, to reach their full potential, to become life-long learners, and to be competitive, productive members of society.Middletown is one of just 16 districts to receive a federal Race to the Top-District grant.

    Middletown included in President Obama’s education agenda for its use of this grant
    Middletown is one of 52 districts to be invited into the League of Innovative School Districts
    Middletown named a “Best Community for Music Education” for the last three years
    Middletown designated as the No. 5 district worth visiting by GettingSmart.com
    Middletown is lauded for its tools that help implementation of Open Educational Resources
    Middletown is recognized by Education Elements as a national leader in blended learning instruction
    Middletown is the eighth-best city to raise kids, according to Kiplinger Magazine

    “When kids leave here, they will be ready for any environment, collegiate, military or workforce.”
    -Dr. Kenneth Eastwood, Middletown Superintendent of Schools

    See what distinguishes Middletown at every level.

    Learn how the Middletown school district is implementing Open Educational Resources by developing a tool that makes it easy for educators to find and use quality instructional materials.

    Middletown remains one of the 30 schools you should visit nationally, and improved two places to No. 5!



Who We Are

  • Logo: Digital Promise

    Member of the League of Innovative Schools

    The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools is:

    • A network of superintendents and district leaders leveraging technology to improve student outcomes
    • A national coalition of public school districts partnering with entrepreneurs, researchers, and leading thinkers
    • A testbed for new approaches to teaching and learning
    • A representation of the diversity of public education in the U.S.

    Members of the League of Innovative Schools are selected once a year through a peer-reviewed application process supported by Digital Promise. 

  • Syracuse University Project Advance

    Logo: Syracuse University Project Advance Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) is a cooperative program between Syracuse University and Middletown High School that allows high school students to enroll in Syracuse courses.

Middletown Schools Validated

  • Middletown's validation study

      The Enlarged City School District of Middletown (ECSDM), in Orange County, New York, enrolls more than 6,800 students in seven schools and employs more than 1,000 teachers, administrators and staff. The Hispanic portion of the district’s enrollment has grown from 38% in 2003-04 to 47% in 2010-11, and the White portion of the enrollment has declined from 34% to 23% in the same period. Over the period examined in this report, the district’s population of students eligible for free and reduced meals has increased from 59% to 73%. Middletown’s current leadership also inherited several exceptionally challenging circumstances.

      Despite increasing challenges from the changing student enrollment and other significant barriers to success, Middletown has improved academic achievement, graduation rates, and other indicators of student and school success. Middletown differs from the national trends that associate low-income family status with low student achievement. This report documents the multiple accomplishments of the district by comparing several performance indicators over time, by comparing Middletown’s performance to other similar school districts, and by describing the programmatic and organizational changes the district has used to leverage improvement.

     Read the study, titled "The Successful Turnaround of a High Poverty-High Minority School District."