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Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

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Click here for 2017-18 school supplies lists

 

 

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

Phone: (518) 475-6700

Fax: (518) 475-6704

Web site: http://schuylerachievementacademy.weebly.com/

 

Principal: Kendra Chaires-Francis

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

 

 

New principal named for 2017-18

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has appointed Eagle Point Elementary School Principal Kendra Chaires-Francis to serve as the new principal at Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy.

 

Chaires-Francis has worked in the district since 2002, beginning as a special education teacher. She served as principal at Eagle Point from 2009 until now. Please welcome her to the Schuyler community when you have the opportunity!

 

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.

 

Receivership process -- Schuyler makes solid progress

On Oct. 31, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced that Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy was among 61 schools identified under the state's receivership law that showed "demonstrable improvement" in the past year.

 

Schuyler showed significant progress on performance measures agreed to by the district and the state, the commissioner said. Those measures included more students performing at Level 2 and above in ELA and math, improved attendance, and significantly lower suspension rates.

                       

Elia based the demonstrable improvement decisions primarily upon the degree to which schools achieved their progress targets. Each school’s Demonstrable Improvement Plan included a minimum of ten indicators that were submitted by the superintendent receiver and approved by the commissioner or selected by the State Education Department for the school. According to law, indicators could include student achievement and growth on state measures; reduction in achievement gaps among specific groups of students; graduation rates; student attendance; suspension rates; student safety; and parent and family engagement.

 

Later this year, Elia is expected to announce which schools can be removed from receivership based on meeting their progress targets.

 

The City School District of Albany and Schuyler Achievement Academy, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, have worked since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to meet the requirements of New York's receivership law. At that time, Schuyler was one of 144 New York schools that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling” under the new law. Schuyler was designated a struggling school because overall student performance on state tests significantly lagged behind other schools in the state for more than three years. Learn more about the receivership process here.

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.

Points of distinction

  • Full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten programs

  • Voluntary school uniforms

  • Full-service school

  • YMCA after-school child care

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21 -- PTA Harvest Festival, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 -- Parent Teacher Conference Day, no school
  • Thursday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 24 -- Thanksgiving Recess, no school
  • Thursday, Nov. 29 -- Picture Re-Take Day
  • Monday, Dec. 4 -- Perfect Attendance Luncheon, noon
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 -- Special education parent workshop, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 -- Coffee and Donuts with the Principal, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Wendesday, Dec. 13 -- Winter Concerts, 2:30 and 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 22 -- Caroling on the Stairs, 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 25-Monday, Jan. 1 -- Holiday Recess, no school

2017-18 news and information

  • Welcome to the new school year!

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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