K-12 Schools

Engaging young people in the wonders of space & astronomy while building a world-class space education pipeline is critical for the future of the New York space ecosystem. This table highlights the current space-focused resources available in K-12 schools across New York.

One group includes schools that participate in and host various amateur organized rocketry groups and events. This vibrant and dynamic community is home to aspiring astronauts, engineers, scientists, and innovators of all ages and backgrounds. It is critical that these groups maintain access to quality grounds to practice and hold events. It is also vitally important that every child across the state be exposed to rocketry, its potential for the future, and an opportunity to explore it fully.

New York is also home to a unique set of secondary schools: those that host planetariums on campus for student and community enrichment. A product of Space Age interest in the 1960s & 70s, these facilities continue to provide unparalleled inspiration and knowledge about space to the youngest New Yorkers.

These 59 schools serve as a model for the rest of the state in how to build durable, quality STEM infrastructure that lays the foundation for future growth. We encourage all of our readers to learn about these schools, especially parents, educators, students, and members of the broader community from other regions of the state who want to bring the power of these programs to their neighborhood.

As of right now these schools are predominantly concentrated in the greater New York City area (Long Island, NYC, and Mid-Hudson) with entire regions in other parts of the state having only a handful. Empire Space believes students in every region of the state should have access to high quality space resources (such as planetariums) as a part of their curriculum. We will work to see these programs expand and multiply in the years ahead in all corners of New York!

Enjoy exploring our data and be sure to support space and astronomy programs in schools in your community!

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SchoolLocalityFacilitiesNotesADSDRegion
Aviation High SchoolQueensA unique co-educational high school that prepares students for careers in aviation maintenance and aerospace.37 (D)12 (D)NYC
Broadalbin-Perth Jr/Sr SchoolBroadalbinThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.118 (R)49 (R)Mohawk Valley
Bronx High School of ScienceBronxBronx Science PlanetariumA premiere high school space and astronomy program.81 (D)33 (D)NYC
Brooklyn Technical High SchoolBrooklynBrooklyn Technical High School Division of NYC AerospaceProgram works in collaboration with the Aerospace Major available at the school.57 (D)26 (D)NYC
Buffalo Academy of ScienceBuffaloThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.149 (D)63 (D)Western NY
Buffalo Academy of the Sacred HeartBuffaloThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.146 (D)61 (D)Western NY
Clarkstown South High SchoolWest NyackClarkstown South High School PlanetariumRestored and renovated in 2004.96 (D)38 (R)Mid-Hudson
Edward R. Murrow High SchoolBrooklynEdwin P. Hubble PlanetariumOne of the last operational planetariums in a NYC public school.48 (D)22 (D)NYC
Fayetteville Manlius High SchoolManliusFayetteville Manlius High School PlanetariumCoursework includes Observational Astronomy, planetarium was upgraded in 2017 with state assistance.127 (D)50 (D)Central NY
Frontier Central School DistrictHamburgThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.149 (D)60 (R)Western NY
Genesee Valley BOCESLe RoyNasa HUNCH Program139 (R)57 (R)Finger Lakes
Half Hollow Hills School DistrictDix HillsHalf Hollow Hills High School PlanetariumState of the art facility serving all of the districts K-12 students.10 (D)2 (R)Long Island
Harrison High SchoolHarrisonHarrison High School Space TheaterAstronomy Club puts on public shows, and the planetarium was renovated in 2010.93 (D)37 (D)Mid-Hudson
Harry S. Truman High SchoolBronxHarry S. Truman High School PlanetariumRecently renovated to provide a state of the art planetarium experience.82 (D)36 (D)NYC
Heuvelton High SchoolHeuveltonThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.116 (D)49 (R)North Country
Holland Central School DistrictHollandThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.147 (R)60 (R)Western NY
Immaculate Conception SchoolEast AuroraThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.147 (R)60 (R)Western NY
International Prep School at GroverBuffaloThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.149 (D)63 (D)Western NY
International School 45BuffaloThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.149 (D)61 (D)Western NY
Iroquois Central School DistrictElmaThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.147 (R)60 (R)Western NY
Lackawanna High SchoolLackawannaLackawanna High School PlanetariumState of the art planetarium available for students of all ages.142 (D)63 (D)Western NY
Lancaster High SchoolLancasterThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.143 (D)60 (R)Western NY
LaSalle InstituteTroyThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.108 (D)43 (R)Capital Region
Lindenhurst Middle SchoolLindenhurstLindenhurst Middle School Planetarium11 (D)8 (R)Long Island
Longwood Middle SchoolMiddle IslandLongwood Regional Planetarium64 seat capacity planetarium on campus for student & community access.9 (R)3 (R)Long Island
Mahopac Middle SchoolMahopacMahopac Middle School PlanetariumIt's repair and maintenance was a topic in local school board races.94 (D)40 (D)Mid-Hudson
Mamaronek High SchoolMamaronekThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.91 (D)37 (D)Mid-Hudson
Manhattan Center for Science and MathManhattanThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.68 (D)29 (D)NYC
Marlboro High SchoolMarlboroMarlboro High School Planetarium & ObservatoryPlanetarium & observatory available for both student & community use.104 (D)41 (D)Mid-Hudson
Maryvale Intermediate SchoolCheektowagaMaryvale Intermediate School PlanetariumProgram went dark but came back to life, actively serving district students.143 (D)63 (D)Western NY
Millbrook High SchoolMillbrookThe American Rocket Challenge ParticipantSuccessful team that has participated in multiple years of rocketry challenges.106 (D)41 (D)Mid-Hudson
Nardin AcademyBuffaloThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.149 (D)61 (D)Western NY
New Rochelle High SchoolNew RochelleNew Rochelle High School PlanetariumFully developed programming and curriculum for district students of all ages.88 (D)37 (D)Mid-Hudson
North Rockland High SchoolThiellsNorth Rockland High School PlanetariumProgram currently unavailable due to budget cuts.96 (D)38 (R)Mid-Hudson
OCM BOCESLiverpoolOCM BOCES Portable PlanetariumProgram has been providing high level and intensive astronomy programming since 1986.128 (D)50 (D)Central NY
OHM BocesOneidaOHM BOCES Portable PlanetariumUtilize a portable STARLAB DOME for mobile astronomy. Currently not available due to staffing vacancy.101 (R)53 (R)Mohawk Valley
Onteora Central School DistrictBoicevilleDistrict is home to the Onteora Rocket Club.103 (D)51 (R)Mid-Hudson
Peekskill High SchoolPeekskillPeekskill High School PlanetariumPlanetarium is part of a strong STEM-centric curriculum.95 (D)40 (D)Mid-Hudson
Port Chester Central School DistrictPort ChesterPort Chester Schools PlanetariumAstro Space Coding Club91 (D)37 (D)Mid-Hudson
Queensbury High SchoolQueensburyThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.114 (R)45 (R)Capital Region
Riverdale Country SchoolBronxThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.81 (D)33 (D)NYC
Roslyn Central SchoolsRoslyn HeightsRoslyn High School Division of NYC Aerospace.16 (D)7 (R)Long Island
Sayville Middle SchoolSayvilleSayville Middle School PlanetariumPlanetarium construction was a community effort, and extracurricular programs exist to help more students experience it.7 (R)8 (R)Long Island
Southampton High SchoolSouthamptonSinnecock Multimedia PlanetariumPlanetarium was fully renovated in 2012.1 (D)1 (R)Long Island
Southern Cayuga High SchoolAuroraSouthern Cayuga PlanetariumAfter significant community support, a renovated facility was re-opened in 2019.126 (R)48 (D)Central NY
St. Anthony High SchoolHuntingtonThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.10 (D)2 (R)Long Island
Stuyvesant High SchoolManhattanThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge and a part of the NYC Aerospace collaborative.66 (D)27 (D)NYC
Suffern High SchoolSuffernSuffern High School PlanetariumPlanetarium recently repaired and reopened with dynamic new programming.97 (R)37 (D)Mid-Hudson
Syracuse Academy of ScienceSyracuseSTEM focused college prep academy with specific Astronomy curriculum available to students.129 (D)48 (D)Central NY
The Avenues of the WorldManhattanAvenues of the World Division of NYC Aerospace.75 (D)47 (D)NYC
The Green Vale SchoolGlen HeadThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.19 (R)7 (R)Long Island
The High School of Math, Science, & EngineeringManhattanHSMSE Division of NYC Aerospace.70 (D)30 (D)NYC
Ticonderoga High SchoolTiconderogaTiconderoga High School PlanetariumExpansive academic and community programming options.114 (R)45 (R)North Country
Trinity SchoolManhattanThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.69 (D)47 (D)NYC
Ulster BOCESNew PaltzNasa HUNCH Program103 (D)41 (D)Mid-Hudson
Utica Academy of ScienceUticaSTEM focused college prep academy with specific Astronomy curriculum available to students.119 (D)49 (R)Mohawk Valley
West Islip School DistrictWest IslipWest Islip High School PlanetariumActive program for students across the district with an active social media presence.9 (R)8 (R)Long Island
West Seneca High SchoolWest SenecaThe American Rocket Challenge Participant2020 entrant in the Great American Rocketry Challenge.142 (D)60 (R)Western NY
Williamsville High SchoolWilliamsvilleWilliamsville Space Lab PlanetariumState of the art immersive multimedia facility open to students and the general public, hosting up to 20,000 students and young learners annually. Planetarium renovated in 2014 with community support and a state grant for $300,000.146 (D)61 (D)Western NY