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About Us

Our Mission

"Let the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Community strive to do all it can to help our students be all they can be."

This statement is more than our mission: It is a way of life for all involved in ensuring the success of our district as a whole. We vow to remain responsible to our taxpayers while providing a safe, active and engaging learning environment where students are encouraged to challenge themselves, embrace technology, and develop their abilities — all while instilling a sense of pride in the close-knit community we call home.


The district was organized in 1931, but was enlarged through the annexation of several common school districts. It now includes the towns of Berne, most of Knox, and most of the town of Westerlo, along with small portions of the towns of New Scotland, Rensselaerville, Middleburgh and Wright.

The school district has two school buildings: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School that serves students in K-6 and Berne-Knox-Westerlo Secondary School for students in grades 7-12.

Our Community

Located about 25 miles west of Albany and about 150 miles north of New York City, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo community is nestled in the picturesque Helderberg Mountains.  The district is centered in the hamlet of Berne (population 2,860) on Route 443, and covers approximately 126 square miles.

It boasts a strong rural character with agricultural roots, while being within close proximity to premiere shopping centers, cultural venues and diverse economic opportunities offered by the Greater Capital Region of Upstate New York.

Nationally-renowned colleges and universities, such as the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, sit at the community’s doorstep, along with “Tech Valley,” a network of research and development facilities that are attracting high-tech industry to New York’s Capital Region. About one hour north sits Saratoga Springs, gateway to the Adirondacks. Montreal, Boston and New York City are all just a few hours away.