Families moving to Poughkeepsie are sure to find that making a lovely home here is easier than expected. Poughkeepsie is a family-friendly town with a rich culture and beautiful scenery. The Poughkeepsie City School District is the public K-12 school system that only serves around 5,000 students throughout the entire district. Anyone moving from a big city like nearby New York will know the value of having such a reasonably sized district where teachers and faculty are not overwhelmed by the sheer number of students in their care.
“Poughkeepsie is a family-friendly town with a rich culture and beautiful scenery.”
The Oakwood Friends School is a co-ed 6th
grade boarding school outside the city limits, serving approximately 145 students and is the oldest college preparatory school in New York State. Poughkeepsie Day School, also outside the city, is a progressive co-ed pre-K-through-12 day school founded in 1934. As far as education is concerned, Poughkeepsie has what you need from kindergarten all the way through earning a bachelor’s degree. Nearby colleges and universities include: Adelphi University's Hudson Valley Center, Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute, The Culinary Institute of America, Dutchess Community College, Marist College, and Vassar College. These institutions are all nationally recognized and accredited and are all located in or surrounding the town of Poughkeepsie.
Poughkeepsie is also a town that offers numerous cultural attractions for arts and entertainment for those moving to this beautiful part of New York. A few of the many cultural attractions in Poughkeepsie include:
- The Chance hosts live rock concerts with local as well as major artists.
- The Poughkeepsie Galleria is a mall that houses two floors with 250 shops and restaurants. The Regal Cinemas, located at the mall, has 16 screens.
- The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic - This theater has an array of music, drama, dance and film events.
- The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center provides venues for music, dance and the visual arts.
- The Mid-Hudson Civic Center hosts concerts, professional wrestling and during the 1980s was the site for the filming of WWF Championship Wrestling.
- Local Vassar College is the home of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center