Sachem School District

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Sachem Central School District
Towns of Brookhaven and Islip, New York
United States
District information
Type Public
Established 1955
Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Graham[1]
Students and staff
District mascot Flaming Arrows
Other information

Sachem Central School District is one of the largest school districts by population on Long Island and among all suburban school districts in New York, United States. Founded in 1955, the district now encompasses residents of the Census-Designated Places of Holbrook, Holtsville and Farmingville, as well as some parts of Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Ronkonkoma, Nesconset, and Bohemia. As of 2011, its district office is located in Lake Ronkonkoma at Samoset Middle School.

Schools and locations[edit]

As of 2015, Sachem Schools have nearly 15,000 students enrolled annually.[2]

School colors[edit]

Sachem School District's colors are red, black and gold. The school fight song starts out as "Here's to Red, Black and Gold..." Since the split in 2004, Sachem High School North uses black, gold, and while Sachem High School East designated red and gold as its principal colors. Both schools proudly kept the Sachem team name "Sachem Flaming Arrows".

Notable alumni[edit]


As voted upon by district constituents in 1999, the district built two new schools and reconfigured its current schools at the start of the 2004-2005 school year. The elementary schools, which formerly housed grades Kindergarten through 6th, are now K-5. Seneca and Sagamore junior high schools (formerly grades 7 and 8) became middle schools (grades 6 through 8). The former Sachem High School South, the 9th and 10th grade facility, was converted into Samoset Middle School. Sequoya was built as a fourth middle school for the purpose of reconfiguration. Sachem High School North, formerly home to all 11th and 12th grade students in the district, became a 9-12 facility for students in the western and northern portions of the district. Sachem East was built as a 9-12 facility for students in the southern and eastern portions of the district. Sachem East is also the second largest suburban high school in New York state.[3]

District Cuts[edit]

On September 16, 2015, the Sachem School District Board of Education voted to cut custodial stuff, athletics, clubs, and other extracurricular activities in order to reallocate $2.5 million for Special Education services and worker compensation costs. The board declined to cut $345,000 in Kindergarten aides. Changes will affect over 14,000 students across the district.

Three months later, on December 17, Sachem School District announced, due to declining enrollment and a $1.3 million budget gap, that it would close down Sequoya Middle School as well as Tecumseh and Gatelot Elementary Schools.[4]


Elementary Schools

  • Cayuga
  • Chippewa
  • Gatelot (Closed 2016)
  • Grundy
  • Hiawatha
  • Lynwood
  • Merrimac
  • Nokomis
  • Tamarac
  • Tecumseh (Closed 2016)
  • Wenonah
  • Waverly

Middle Schools

  • Sagamore Middle School
  • Samoset Middle School
  • Seneca Middle School
  • Sequoya Middle School (Closed 2016)

High Schools


  1. ^ "Superintendent's Office". Sachem Central School District. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Sachem Online". Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2016 Largest Public High Schools in New York - Niche". K-12 School Rankings and Reviews at Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Sachem Schools". Sachem Central School District. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 

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