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Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

Click here to read the latest issue of 'Schuyler Scholars'

 

676 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 12206 (click here for directions)

Phone: (518) 475-6700

Fax: (518) 475-6704

 

Kendra Chaires-Francis, Principal

E-mail: kchaires-francis@albany.k12.ny.us

Emma Steckman, Assistant Principal

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

 

2019-20 enrollment changes for Schuyler

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a plan to convert North Albany Academy to a small, temporary middle school for the next four years.

 

This means that our students will attend North Albany for middle school beginning in September, instead of attending Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence.  

 

Students currently in fifth grade at North Albany also will stay at North Albany to attend middle school beginning in September.

  • Please note: middle school placement for students who receive ENL or Special Education services will be determined separately by each student’s program. 

With this temporary enrollment pattern, our students will attend a middle school with the following enrollment estimates:

  • 110 students in sixth grade in 2019-20;

  • 150 students in grades 6-7 in 2020-2021

  • 190 students in grades 6-8 in 2021-22; and

  • 150 students in grades 6-8 in 2022-23. 

The district intends for this short-term middle school enrollment pattern to be in place at North Albany until the 2023-24 school year.  This means that Philip J. Schuler Achievement Academy students currently in grades 4-5 will attend North Albany for their entire middle school experience.  Schuyler students currently in grades 2-3 also will attend North Albany for at least part of their middle school experience.

 

The district anticipates that North Albany will re-open as a permanent 650-student middle school beginning with the 2023-24 school year.  The district will plan for the permanent enrollment pattern for that school, as well as for Hackett and Myers middle schools, through an open and inclusive community process in the coming years.  

 

Please contact Schuyler Achievement Academy Principal Kendra Chaires-Francis at any time if you have questions at (518) 475-6700. You also can click here to download this letter from Principal Chaires-Francis.

 School times

  • Building opens: 8:40 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins: 8:40 a.m.

  • School day begins: 9 a.m.

  • School day ends: 3:35 p.m.

  • After-school child care ends: 5:45 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, June 25 -- Early dismissal
  • , 12:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26
    • Early dismissal, 12:50 p.m.
    • Last day of school
  • Monday, July 8-Friday, Aug. 9 -- Elementary summer enrichment for students who have been notified, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included, and so is transportation. Please note that the program will be held at Pine Hills Elementary School, 41 North Allen St.

2018-19 news and information

  • Writers Workshop showcase. Students in Sue Paultre’s fifth-grade class at Schuyler Achievement Academy know a lot about a lot of things, and they shared their smarts with the school on June 6 in a Writers Workshop showcase. Their displays included projects that spanned all subject areas. There were dioramas about rainforests, poster-board research projects about fiction and non-fiction books, projects about individual U.S. states and more. Each student wrote an autobiography, as well. The fifth-graders discussed their work with groups of students and others who visited the library. The author-artists also had extra copies of their autobiographies available and they signed their books (although demand was so high that supplies ran out and virtually every author had a waiting list).
  • School gets concert preview -- The musical maestros at Schuyler Achievement Academy performed an afternoon preview on May 14 of their evening concert for the whole school. Members of the school’s orchestra, band and choir will perform again Tuesday night for families, friends and music lovers from the community. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Check out some Facebook photos from the daytime concert. (You don’t need a Facebook account to see the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now.”
  • Schuyler celebrates Black History Month -- With music, poetry and presentations, students at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy displayed their knowledge of African-American history, art and the Great Migration at the school’s Black History Celebration on Wednesday. The celebration included speeches by Albany Common Councilmember Jahmel Robinson and John Scott, co-founder of 4th Family – an after-school STEM and sports program that serves Schuyler Achievement Academy – and the home school coordinator at Eagle Point Elementary School. Click here to see a Facebook photo collection from the event. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now.")
  • Winter concert -- Chorus, orchestra and band have been working hard this year and are definitely in the holiday spirit. Check out a Facebook photo album from the dress rehearsal. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."
  • Community + generosity = coats for kids -- It's a good day when you get to pick out a new winter coat and a great day when your best friend can choose the same one. That was the case on Nov. 26 at Schuyler Achievement Academy for third-graders Tionna Vaughan and Jaliah Haynes, who received winter finery thanks to the 2018 Cash for Coats drive. (MORE)
  • First day of school -- The 2018-19 school year is going to be amazing at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy! Returning students are ready to learn and have fun with old and new friends. Happy first day to everyone! Check out a Facebook photo album from day. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."
  • Coffee and Donuts with the Principal -- Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy hosted parents in the community school's new parent room. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event.  You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."
  • Real Kids Wear Pink - Student government held a successful fundraiser in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event.  You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

About Schuyler Achievement Academy
Opened in 2004, Schuyler Achievement Academy was one of the first projects completed in the City School District of Albany’s sweeping plan to rebuild or renovate all its elementary and middle schools. This modern, award-winning facility is a blend of the school most recently known as Opportunity School 21 and a new structure added to enlarge the school.

 

The school's "full-service" model allows it to take care of children’s academic needs as well as provide a range of health and wellness services. These services include mobile dental health services through our partnership with St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and school-based health services through our partnership with Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services, in addition to mental health and other wellness services.

At the end of the 2015-16 school year, Schuyler students created a video to tell the world about their commitment to excellence. Click here to check out the PSAA Anthem.

 

Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, contact the school at (518) 475-6700, ext. 1, during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.

 

          
 
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