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Lancaster Central School District

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About Us

The Lancaster Central School District is situated in the north-central portion of Erie County, about 10 miles east of Buffalo, New York, and encompasses approximately 35 square miles. Easy access to main thruways and highways is within minutes, as is the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

The district is located within the town and village of Lancaster, town of Cheektowaga, town of Elma and village of Depew. Significant housing development has resulted in a population increase over recent years; however, the district remains roughly 30 percent developed and much of the village flavor of the community survives.

Our Schools

Our Staff

The Lancaster Central School District employs 983 full- and part-time professional and support staff, many of whom are residents and support the local economy.

Approximately 818 full-time employees are directly employed by the Lancaster Central School District. The district’s purchase of goods and services as well as employee personal spending, is responsible for over 753 additional spillover jobs in the Western Region. The school district is responsible for a total of about 1,571 local jobs. These jobs generate $93.3 million in income. $54.3 million is directly connected to Lancaster employees. Another $39 million is generated by spillover spending that generates additional jobs. This income generates an estimated $4.6 million in state income tax in total and $2.8 million in sales tax. 
Source: Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) School District Economic Impact Report 2022.

Our Academics

  • 5,341 - We educate 5,341 of Lancaster’s children (2022-23).
  • 693 - Students enrolled in one of our eight distinctive and national award-winning academy programs.
  • 99% - Class of 2022 graduation rate.
  • 711 - Total of Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken (2021-22).
  • 389 - Total AP students (2020-2021).
  • 36.3% - of all exams received scores of 3 or higher; our students don’t just take the class; they earn credit.
  • 33 - Dual enrollment courses where students can choose from a wide variety of courses that provide a pathway to earn college credit while concurrently earning high school credit (i.e., dual enrollment). While individual cases may vary, students can often use the credits to reduce tuition costs upon college enrollment.
  • 30 - Students receiving the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (2022-23).
  • 154 - Students slated to receive the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) credential AND a diploma (2022-23).
  • 55 - Students enrolled in the Lancaster Alternative Program (LAP), one of two local programs created to serve our students who have not achieved success in the traditional class setting.
  • $12,100,000 - Scholarship monies received by the Class of 2022.
  • During the 2022-23 school year in the Academy of Finance, professionals and alumni provided 50+ hours of mentoring, 72 mock interviews were conducted, 220 hours of job shadowing took place, over 600 transferable college credits were earned, and more than 4000 internship hours were completed. The academy has achieved the national " Distinguished " status for the 12th consecutive year.
  • All seniors in the Leadership Academy complete the Distinguished Student Leaders program. Lancaster has the second most students in the country out of all high schools who have earned this distinction - over 230 since 2012.
  • For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Lancaster High School Student Union has once again received the National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Student Council. Lancaster is one of six schools nationwide to have received the award since its inception 18 years ago and one of eight schools to earn the distinction in New York State this year.
  • Seventh Consecutive Year - Best Communities for Music Education Award from the NAMM Foundation.

Our Athletics

  • All varsity teams this fall and winter have been designated as NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete teams (cumulative average of entire team is over 90%).
  • Lancaster Central School District offers 29 different sports.
  • Next year (2023-24) two more sports will be offered: Unified Bowling and Girls Flag Football.
  • The district's varsity teams have won five Sectional championships so far in the 2022-23 school year (varsity cheerleading, girls varsity volleyball, girls varsity basketball, girls indoor track, and varsity rifle). 
  • The Legends sent several individuals to states to date for the sports of cross country/track and field, wrestling, mens swimming, and rifle. 
  • State Champion - Aaron Gasiewicz of the boys swim team won the state championship in the 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard individual medley.
  • The Rifle Team won state championships in two events. Two student-athletes, Tyler DeKruger and Miranda Leach competed in the 2023 National Junior Olympic Championship.
  • 29 student-athletes to date will continue their athletic careers next year at the collegiate level.