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City School District of Albany
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Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy

Prekindergarten-Grade 5


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

Phone: (518) 475-6700

Fax: (518) 475-6704


Kendra Chaires-Francis, Principal


Emma Steckman, Assistant Principal



2019-20 school supplies lists

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

  • Friday, Sept. 6 -- First day of school
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Dads Take Your Child to School Day
  • Thursday, Sept. 19 -- Back to School barbecue, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 22 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park
    • 5K, 9:30 a.m.
    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 30 -- Rosh Hashana, no school

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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