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    Mission Statement

    To prepare students to succeed as responsible citizens in an ever-changing world, Minerva Central School, in partnership with the community, will provide an individualized, well-rounded education in order to build a strong foundation for personal growth and life-long learning.

    Minerva Central School

    Located in the hamlet of Olmstedville, Town of Minerva, NY, Minerva Central School resides in the heart of the Adirondack Park.  MCS houses PreK – 12th-grade classes with a population of 107 students, 26 faculty members, and support staff.  Our motto Small, Personal, Special emphasizes our small class size and ability to ensure every student’s needs are met.

    Minerva has a rich education history.  Our local historical society has school records dating back to 1817 on file.  State records show that the first school district registered with the state was in 1821.  At that time three school buildings were registered in the district.  The district grew over time with school buildings cropping up in different neighborhoods as the population and demand for education grew.  Please take the historical tour of the MCS School District created by the MCS Class of 2022.

    The current school building built in 1936 is listed in The Adirondack Architecture Guide, Southern-Central Region by Janet Null (page 111) as “arguably the finest Art Deco building in the Adirondacks.  Designed by Architect Carl W. Clark the building has had three subsequent additions the most recent in 1992 “pays homage to the original building”.

    Minerva Central School has formed rich and deep traditions within its community.  Generations of families have attended school here and those families take pride in the traditions that have held constant throughout the years.   Old traditions like the still active senior trips and new traditions like the Community Christmas Bazaar held every year in the gymnasium help to keep the school and community relevant. 

    Special Programming

    • Cooperative Sports/Music Program between Minerva and Newcomb Central Schools
    • Youth and Government
    • Odyssey of the Mind
    • Ski-Program through Gore Mountain Ski Center
    • Leadership through Service Activities
    • Sports Program including basketball, baseball/softball, soccer
    • Community sponsored Little and Minor League
    • School Store
    • National & Junior National Honor Society
    • Student Council
    • Foreign Exchange Program
    • Partnership with North Country Community College with potential to earn 21 college credits
    • The Ember” student-generated magazine
    • The Emerald” student-generated yearbook
    • Vocal Music and Drama Club
    • Academic Bowl
    • Outing Club
    • Culture Club


    From the south

    Follow I87 to exit 26 (Pottersville) and take a left off the exit ramp.  Drive 1/4 mile and turn right at the Black Bear Restaurant.  Drive 1/2 mile and bear left at the Wells House Restaurant.  Drive 71/2 miles to the 4-way intersection in Olmstedville and continue straight through intersections for 1/8 mile.  The school is 1/8 mile up on your right.

    From the North

    Follow I87 to exit 26 (Pottersville) and take a left off the exit ramp.  Drive 1/4 mile turn right, drive 3/4 mile and bear right at the Wells House Restaurant.  Drive 7 1/2 miles to the 4--way intersection in Olmstedville and continue straight through the intersection for 1/8 mile.  The school is 1/8 mile up on your right


Last Modified on January 22, 2018