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Hackett Middle School

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William S. Hackett Middle School

Grades 6-8


45 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12202 (click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6475

Fax: 475-6477

Web site: http://hackett.albany.k12.ny.us


Principal: Michael Paolino

E-mail: mpaolino@albany.k12.ny.us

Assistant Principal: Judith Collins

E-mail: jcollins@albany.k12.ny.us

Assistant Principal: Lawrence Moultrie

E-mail: lmoultrie@albany.k12.ny.us


Receivership process moves forward

The City School District of Albany and William S. Hackett Middle School, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, submitted required documents to the State Education Department on Sept. 30 to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all Hackett students.


The district submitted a Community Engagement Plan, Public Notification Template and supporting evidence, Community Engagement Team Recommendations and Superintendent's Response, and a Continuation Plan to State Ed. The district now awaits feedback from State Ed on the documents.


"I want to recognize the heroic efforts of our Community Engagement Team and the leadership of Hackett's principal, Michael Paolino, for getting us through these first stages of this process on schedule," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. "We are in good shape to meet the challenges ahead of us."


Follow the links below to download the documents submitted Sept. 30 for Hackett.

About Hackett Middle School

Built in 1926 and named after Albany’s 67th mayor, William S. Hackett Junior High School was one of the first junior high schools in the United States that served grades 7 through 9. The school became a middle school in 1974 with grades 7 and 8, and grade 6 was added in 2000. Hackett was extensively renovated starting in 2005.


The building reopened in September 2008, after the school’s outside was restored. Ceramic tiles and windows in the school’s magnificent foyer all were restored to their original glory, and every floor and wing was overhauled and updated with state-of-the-art technology.


Check out a Photo Gallery highlighting many features of the spectacular facility.


School times

  • Building opens -- 7:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 7:30 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 7:55 a.m.

  • School day ends:

  • Monday-Thursday-- 3:20 p.m.

  • Friday (students only) -- 2:36 p.m.

  • After-school clubs and sports programs end -- 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the program

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 -- Parent-Teacher Conference Day, no school for students

  • Thursday, Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving day, no school

  • Friday, Nov. 27 -- Thanksgiving recess, no school

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 -- PTA meeting, 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 8 -- Winter Concert and PTA Dessert Auction, 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan. 1 -- Holiday Recess, no school

News and information

  • Click here to visit the City School District of Albany Photo Gallery.

Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school nurse at 475-6475 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.


Middle-school enrollment

The City School District of Albany uses a feeder enrollment model for middle school students. Students from designated elementary schools are assigned to either William S. Hackett Middle School or Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. Each school has about 650 students. Students in the elementary program at North Albany Academy continue on in that school's middle-level program, which serves about 150 students in grades 6-8. For the 2015-16 school year, students from the closed Brighter Choice charter middle schools in grades 6-8 will attend the district's new West Hill Middle School.


Students who graduate from the following elementary schools attend Hackett Middle School:

  • Arbor Hill Elementary School

  • Delaware Community School

  • Eagle Point Elementary School

  • New Scotland Elementary School

  • Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)

Visit the Middle School Enrollment section for more information.



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