About the Riverhead Central School District Area

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The Riverhead Central School District draws its students from three townships: Riverhead, Southampton and Brookhaven. However, all but one of the schools is located in the Township of Riverhead. SEE ONLINE MAP.

About the Town of Riverhead

The Town of Riverhead has a population of approximately 33,500 and is located on the eastern end of Long Island ("East End") in Suffolk County, 70 miles from NYC. Riverhead was founded in 1792 and is the county seat. It is bordered by the Peconic River and the Great Peconic Bay on the south, and the Long Island Sound on the north.

Riverhead is bounded on the west by Calverton and at its northwest corner by Baiting Hollow. To the east are Northville and Aquebogue. Riverside and Flanders lie to the south. The population of the hamlet of Riverhead in 2010 was 13,299, of which 66.1 percent considered themselves white, 15.8 percent African-American and 25.3 percent Hispanic of any race.

The area's land base is largely agricultural, which produces flowers, potatoes, vegetables, grapes, and sod. Farmstands and orchards are popular stops for visitors who wish to bring home fresh-picked produce.The northern area still has farms, among them Briermere Farms on Sound Avenue, famous for its pies. There are also wineries, horse farms and golf courses, some surrounded by houses.

As the Suffolk County seat, Riverhead is home to courts and lawyers' offices. The Atlantis Aquarium Facility and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation overlooking the Peconic River is both a popular tourist site and a partner in education for the local schools. In addition, the LI Science Museum, Suffolk County Historical Society, the Peconic Bay Medical Center, the East End Arts Center, the Riverhead Free Library, and Cornell Cooperative Extension are just some of its partners in learning.

Riverhead has worked hard to improve the waterfront, add popular destinations like the Tanger Outlet Center, Atlantis Aquarium and Splish Splash Water Park, while maintaining its natural rural attractions.

rightpanelpicLocation, scholarships, business partnerships, active volunteer participation as mentors and helpers in the schools, as well as a strong sense of community make Riverhead schools a good place to educate children. The district is also very proud of its alumni. Pictured (right) is PFC Garfield Langhorn, an alumni from the Class of 1967 who received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for throwing himself on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers in the VietNam War. PFC Garfield Langhorn is an American Hero and an inspiration for all. The Riverhead Post Office and the Pulaski Street School's Library are named in his honor.

Links: NY Times Real Estate Article (July, 2013)