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Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology

Prekindergarten-Grade 5


Lincoln Park

Albany, NY 12202

Phone: 475-6875

Fax: 475-6877

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


Shelette R. Pleat, Principal

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


Enrollment change planned for 2015-16

Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technolgy will repurpose its Museum Room to accomodate a third sixth-grade classroom for 2015-16 in an effort to manage growing enrollment at the elementary and middle-school levels.


TOAST is one of three elementary schools that will have enrollment changes for next school year, along with New Scotland Elementary School and Pine Hills Elementary School.


TOAST has served in past years as a "three-deep" school -- three classrooms per grade -- for prekindergarten through grade 5, with a capacity of about 475 students. However, TOAST retained its sixth-graders (two sections) for the current school year due to enrollment pressure at William S. Hackett Middle School. This school year, TOAST currently is serving 544 students from pre-K through grade 6.


The school currently has three fifth-grade classes and does not have space in its current classroom configuration to accommodate a third section of sixth grade in 2015-16. To be able to serve three classrooms of sixth-graders, TOAST will repurpose its Museum Room for 2015-16. The school will continue to include museum studies in the curriculum.


TOAST will look at returning the Museum Room to its traditional use in 2016-17 if the district’s upcoming study of longer-term enrollment patterns includes TOAST’s sixth-graders moving on to middle school. Please visit our District News section to read more.


The board and district considered returning TOAST’s sixth-graders to Hackett for 2015-16. However, this option would have increased Hackett’s enrollment to an estimated 712 students, well above the school’s ideal capacity of 650 and its current enrollment of 656. District enrollment estimates predict 652 students at Hackett in 2015-16 without the TOAST sixth-graders.


About Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology

The school we know as Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) was built in 1954 as Public School 24. Its namesake is Thomas O'Brien, who served as principal at P.S. 24 more than 100 years ago. He died in 1921 at the age of 72, and the school was named after him when it became at magnet school in 1990. The original P.S. 24 was built in 1893 and located just a few blocks north of the current school on the Delaware Avenue plot of land where the Boys and Girls Club of Albany now stands.


The TOAST building reopened in January 2010 following a complete renovation. It now features state-of-the-art computers and technology in every classroom and throughout the building.


We are proud to be able to provide a range of programs and services to take care of our children's academic needs as well as provide health and wellness services onsite. These services include mobile dental health services through our partnership with St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.


Click here for more information about the district's magnet schools, or call the Magnet Office at 475-6551.


2015-16 school supplies lists

School times

  • Building opens: 7:40 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins: 7:40 a.m.

  • School day begins: 8 a.m.

  • School day ends: 2:30 p.m.

  • After-school child care ends: 6 p.m.

Points of distinction

2015-16 school supplies lists

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 -- First day of school for 2015-16 school year

News and information

Absence from school

If your child is absent for any reason, call the school nurse at 475-6875 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school. 


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