News & Announcements

  • Students Create Eye-Catching Signage

    Walk through Building B at our Center for Career Services and you'll see the incredible work of our Commercial Art students, whose creativity can be seen in the form of vinyl wraps currently on display in various areas of the building.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Join our Cisco Academy Networking Program information sessions!

    Learn about our Cisco Academy Networking Program on Monday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., in Building B on our Career Services campus, 65 Grasslands Road, Valhalla. Register here! 

    News Feed - Center for Adult and Community Services
  • Students at Tappan Hill School "Lend a Helping Hand"

    Tappan Hill students learned the value of lending a hand around their school during the month of January, a reflection on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Southern Westchester BOCES Congratulates Region's Reward Schools

    Southern Westchester BOCES congratulates region's newly identified Reward Schools.  

    News Feed - Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Mother of 2 thanks SWBOCES for helping her set example for kids

    Lisa Wilson-Patrick, a 40-year-old mother of two, is thankful to SWBOCES for allowing her to set a positive example for her children, ages 6 and 15.

    News Feed - Center for Adult and Community Services
  • Second Quarter Breakfast Celebrates Students' Achievements

    At the Center for Career Services' second-quarter breakfast, several students received awards for their high academic performance. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Students Get Ready for SkillsUSA Competition

    Students in Christine Ireland's Architecture/Interior Design/3D Art class were practicing the steps necessary to compete successfully in the upcoming SkillsUSA competition, to take place in March. The activity was being done in conjunction with SkillsUSA Day 2018. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Students Avail of Work-Based Learning Hours Through Collaboration with YWCA

    Students in our Cosmetology Program at the Center for Career Services are getting valuable work-based learning hours through a special collaboration with the YWCA in White Plains. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Students Learn from Visit to Automotive Technology Center

    A class visit to the Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center at Rockland Community Center gave BOCES auto students a peek into the school's well-respected associate's degree program in automotive technology. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Sound Production Students Will Learn from New Digital Drum Set

    Students in the BOCES Sound Production Program at the Center for Career Services will benefit from a digital drum set that was purchased recently. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Auto Students Bring Back Coveted Prizes

    Two teams of automotive technology students did their teachers proud after they competed and won a fifth and sixth place at the Westchester/Rockland Regional Automotive Technology Competition in early January. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Auto Students Work Toward Careers in the Industry

    Making a career for themselves in the auto industry is on the minds of our students as they sit for the ASE exam. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • Drum Performance Helps Students Get Creative

    Architectural students had some help getting creative, thanks to a drum performance held in their class Jan. 29. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services
  • SWBOCES, Questar collaborate on future assessments

    Southern Westchester BOCES was chosen to host educators from throughout the region to collaborate with Questar Assessment on a three-day item-writing workshop.

    News Feed - Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support
  • Sharing and Caring the Theme of Special Assembly

    Students at the Tappan Hill School enjoyed a special assembly at their school Jan. 22 to honor Martin Luther King Jr., Day and to reinforce the importance of sharing and caring. 

    News Feed - Center for Special Services

About Southern Westchester BOCES

The Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SWBOCES) was established in 1948 by the New York State Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents to provide shared educational and management services to schools and school districts in our geographic region. From those beginnings, SWBOCES has grown to offer hundreds of cooperative, cost-efficient services to school districts in the region, encompassing 187 different schools, 104,000 students, and more than 650,000 adults who live and work here.

SWBOCES prides itself on providing high quality resources ranging from technology assistance to special education and occupational education programs. It specifically assists school districts by:

  • Introducing and responding to program requests and initiatives both from local districts and from the state Education Department.
  • Providing services, facilities and personnel to meet mutual needs identified on a regional cooperative basis.
  • Determining ongoing educational trends and challenges, and preparing districts for what lies ahead.
  • Receiving and administering grants for a broad array of services for students, staff members, and community residents.

Our 32 component school districts participate in specific SWBOCES programs and services on a cost-sharing basis. They receive partial reimbursement for those costs through state aid. School districts that contract with SWBOCES for services know that we are committed to accomplishing specific outcomes and will assist in any way to help meet the educational challenges of the 21st Century.

The SWBOCES central administrative office, including the District Superintendent’s office, is located at 17 Berkley Drive in Rye Brook, N.Y. The Center for Career Services and Alternative High School are located at our campus on Grasslands Road in Valhalla, N.Y., and our Special Services programs are coordinated from our Rye Lake campus in North White Plains, N.Y., with additional classes operating out of many southern Westchester County school buildings.

The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center is located in Harrison, N.Y., and the Center for Adult and Community Services office is located in Harrison, with adult classes offered at sites throughout Westchester. Interscholastic Athletics services are coordinated from our Harrison offices, and the SWBOCES Transportation garage is located on the Rye Lake campus.

The SWBOCES Board of Education, a policy-making board, consists of seven distinguished members who serve three-year terms. Administrative and management decisions for SWBOCES are made by the District Superintendent and an executive team which include one Chief Operating Officer/Deputy District Superintendent and three Assistant Superintendents.

The District Superintendent serves in an advisory capacity to all school districts in southern Westchester and facilitates communication between districts and the New York State Education Department.

Our seven Centers provide an array of more than 70 services to help school districts, teaching and administrative professionals, students, and the public with needs in the areas of special education, career and technical education, transportation, interscholastic athletics, adult and community services, technology, and professional development. In addition, our Human Resources department sponsors a Regional Career Fair and provides a Regional Certification Service. Services not offered by SWBOCES can be obtained through Cross-Contracts with other BOCES.