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Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

Click here for 2017-18 school supplies lists


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

Phone: (518) 475-6700

Fax: (518) 475-6704

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Principal: Kendra Chaires-Francis




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

The City School District of Albany and Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, have been working since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to meet the requirements of New York's new "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.


The school has until the end of the 2016-17 school year to show progress. The state has set "demonstrable improvement" guidelines for each school. If a school does not meet those goals during the allotted time, the state will require the district's Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing the district’s ability to control future decisions about the school. Please visit our Receivership section for complete updates on Schuyler's efforts to meet these goals during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. 

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

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 -- Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26 - Friday, Oct. 27 -- Book Fair
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 -- Superintendent's Conference Day, no school
  • Friday, Nov. 10
    • Veterans Day, no school
    • First quarter ends
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 -- Parent Teacher Conference Day, no school
  • Thursday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 24 -- Thanksgiving 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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