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About Midlakes

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The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District (Midlakes schools) is comprised of the villages of Phelps and Clifton Springs as well as several smaller hamlets and portions of some nearby municipalities.

The school district has a population of approximately 10,000 and is located 28 miles east of Rochester and 50 miles west of Syracuse. Several high-tech and internationally known companies, a renowned hospital and the school district have established themselves as the largest employers in the community.  

The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District serves a diverse population and has an annual enrollment of more than 1,525 students in grades UPK-12. Midlakes Elementary School serves students in K-6 and houses a UPK program. Midlakes Middle/High School serves students in grades 7-12. The high school offers several Advanced Placement courses and partners with area colleges to provide students opportunities to receive college credits. For more information on the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District, visit the online New York State School Report Card page.


To create a community of learners and leaders who demonstrate the 21st-century skills necessary to compete and thrive in a global society.


The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District will enable students to demonstrate college and career readiness by displaying:

Strong Moral Character: Our students will display compassion and respect for others. Students will be confident yet humble in their approach. When faced with a choice, students will make responsible decisions.

Critical Thinking Skills: Our students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems and to do so by remaining open-minded to all possible outcomes. 

PerseveranceOur students will proactively demonstrate an ability to put forth the extra effort in order to accomplish tasks. With a focus on both short and long term goals, students will demonstrate the ability to work hard, build stamina, and ultimately attain goals.

Cultural AwarenessOur students will be mindful of cultural differences based on the ever-evolving global community. Our students will be culturally sensitive and collaborate with a diverse population. 

Innovation: Our students will demonstrate an ability to take calculated risks, be creative, and not be fearful of showing vulnerability.