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More latest news ...

Jan. 10 vote planned

for tax-free renovation project

Faced with growing enrollment and urgent space needs, the City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a $6.5 million facilities referendum that would convert an existing district building to a middle school. If approved, the work would have no impact on taxes.


The vote on renovations to 50 North Lark St., will be held Jan. 10. The renovations would be paid for with about $1.3 million from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund and about $5.2 million in state aid. Please visit our District News section to learn more.


Albany High lottery information

Applications are available for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School’s four academies for the 2017-18 school year.


The Albany High lottery is open to all incoming freshmen and new students, as well as to current Albany High students wishing to change academies for next school year. Students need to submit a lottery application to increase their chances of entering the academy of their choice.


The academies are enrolled through a lottery that will be held Dec. 8. The lottery application deadline is Nov. 14. Please visit our District News section for more information, including important dates in the application process.


Filling backpacks to fill stomachs

Thanks to the generosity of the community, a program to provide hungry kids with food on weekends has expanded to all elementary and middle schools in the City School District of Albany.


“On behalf of our district, I simply say, ‘thank you,'” said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Wilkins, Ed.D., at the Oct. 13 news conference announcing the expansion. (MORE)


New dismissal procedures

at Albany High, ALC

The City School District of Albany has put in place important new practices at Albany High School and the Alternative Learning Center to address safety for students after school. The district has taken these steps in an effort to reduce large groups of students and others gathering on the way home from school in the afternoon.


The new procedures took effect Oct. 17. Please visit our District News section for more information.


Rally urges state

to make good on funding promise

Interim Super-intendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. on Oct. 11 urged New York State leaders to fully fund public education in Albany and throughout the state.


Dr. Wilkins joined hundreds of parents, educators, advocates and others at a rally organized by the Alliance for Quality Education. (MORE)


Delaware Community students

receive international thank you

For the past three years, students at Delaware Community School have raised money for a home for Ugandan street boys. And on Oct. 7, the school got a hand-delivered thank-you gift from the kids they've helped.


Ronnie Sseruyange is program director of Jajja's Kids, which provides food, shelter and medical care for 19 orphaned and homeless boys in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Delaware Community School has raised more than $1,000 to help the group. (MORE)


Mayor launches 10th annual

fundraising drive for winter clothing

Interim Super-intendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan and community partners at City Hall on Oct. 4 to help launch the mayor's annual Cash for Coats fundraising drive to provide warm winter clothing for children.


Please visit our District News section to find out how you can contribute.


Follow your child's bus

with Durham Bus Tracker

To provide families with a greater sense of comfort with student transportation, Durham School Services has developed an app that lets you check the location of your child's bus.


Durham Bus Tracker tells you where your bus is on its route, when it will arrive at your stop and other information about the route in real time. It’s free and user-friendly. Please visit our Transportation section to learn more and download the app.   


Dads turn out to support education

Some came after finishing the night shift. Others showed up before heading into work. Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and brothers, they shared a common goal: to support their children's education.


More than 1,700 fathers and father figures visited their children's City School District of Albany schools on Sept. 20 during "Dads Take Your Child to School Day." (MORE)


Albany High senior

named National Merit semifinalist

Albany High School senior Emily Ha has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition.


Her outstanding score on the 2015 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test placed her in the top 1 percent of the 1.6 million students in New York state and the United States who took the test during junior year. (MORE)


Calendar spotlights

exceptional students

Great things are happening in Albany's public schools. And that's partly because we have so many great students!


The 2016-17 school calendar features the faces of 25 exceptional young people in the City School District of Albany. They are but a small fraction of the outstanding students who attend our schools. (MORE)


Immunization updates for 2016-17

The New York State Health Department has provided updates about required polio, varicella and meningococcal immunizations for the 2016-17 school year.


Please visit our Health Services section for more information about these and other required immunizations, and for helpful links to additional resources to help you plan with your physician for next school year.


District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.


Two important steps in that process have been the hirings of Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.


Community swimming at Myers

Community swimming will return to Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School for the 2016-17 school year beginning Monday, Sept. 12.


Please visit our Disrict News section for details. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! 


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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

10/22 Section II Class AA boys' soccer playoffs, first round, Albany High at Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m.
10/24 Board of Education special meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m. (Details)
10/27 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Multicultural Celebration, 6 p.m.
10/27 West Hill Middle School Parent University, 5:30 p.m.
11/2 Board of Education Government Relations Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/3 Board of Education meeting, New Scotland Elementary School, 7 p.m.
11/9 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/17 Board of Education meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
11/28 Board of Education Audit and Finance Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/30 Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
12/7 Board of Education Government Relations Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
12/14 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
12/15 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 7 p.m.