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Hackett Middle School

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/School Improvement Manager: David Amodeo

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

Assistant Principal: Judith Collins

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


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 new facility.


School times

  • Building opens -- 7:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 7:40 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 8 a.m.

  • School day ends -- 3 p.m.

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

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, April 30 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Thursday, May 1 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Friday, May 2 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Wednesday, May 7
    • Honor Roll Reception, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
    • PTA meeting, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 9 -- Fourth quarter interim marking period ends
  • Wednesday, May 14 -- Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 16 -- Beach Party Teen Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20 -- SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE
  • Monday, May 26 -- Memorial Day, no school
  • Monday, June 2 -- New York State science exam, grade 8
  • Wednesday, June 4 -- PTA meeting, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, June 20 -- Grade 8 Dance, 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 26 -- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
  • Friday, June 27 -- Grade 8 Moving Up, 9 a.m.

News and information

  • District makes AP honor roll -- The City School District of Albany has made the annual Advanced Placement honor roll, one of only two districts in the Capital Region and 477 in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction. The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high-school students with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in some cases earn college credit. (MORE)

  • Applications available for 2014-15 Albany High School academy lottery -- Applications are now available for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School's four academies for the 2014-15 school year. Albany High has four academies, each with its own theme: Citizenship, Discovery, Leadership and Innovation. These physically smaller learning environments are designed to help students feel connected, involved and engaged. Students are assigned to each academy through a lottery they are encouraged to enter. The lottery is open to all incoming freshmen, new students and current Albany High students wishing to change academies. An application has been mailed to the home of each current eighth-grader; you also can click here for an application. Additional applications are available from your child's guidance counselor and at Central Registration, 75 Watervliet Ave. The deadline to apply is Nov. 18, and the lottery will be held Dec. 5.  

  • Top teachers get Golden Apples -- The City School District of Albany celebrated 15 top teachers Oct. 23 at the 2013 Golden Apple Awards. (MORE)

  • District launches new monthly TV program -- The City School District of Albany is launching a new monthly television program on Channel Albany/Channel 18, one of the city’s new public-access channels. The first edition of “Capital Education” airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. (MORE)

  • Sixth-graders enjoy UAlbany partnership -- William S. Hackett Middle School sixth-graders got a taste of college life and career opportunities Sept. 25 thanks to a partnership with the University at Albany. The morning-long series of workshops led by UAlbany students provided a glimpse into the academic, extracurricular and social opportunities available at a major university. Visit our District News section to read more, and our In the News section to check out media coverage.

  • 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.


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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