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Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy

Prekindergarten-Grade 5


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

Phone: 475-6700

Fax: 475-6704

Web site:


Principal: TBD

E-mail: TBD


Superintendent hosts 'receivership' public hearing at Schuyler

Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy will be affected by the new state “receivership” law designed to improve student performance. The law applies to 144 New York schools that the state has identified as “struggling” or “persistently struggling,” including Schuyler, Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School in the City School District of Albany.


Schuyler has been designated as a “struggling” school. Schools on this list have two years to show progress, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Schuyler was identified because its overall student performance on state tests that measure English and math skills significantly lagged behind other schools in the state for more than three years.


On Aug. 11, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., conducted a public hearing at Schuyler with about 70 attendees to discuss in greater detail how the state determined that Schuyler is a “struggling” school and what receivership means for the school’s future. Click here to view the superintendent's presentation.


The law designates that, as the superintendent, Dr. Vanden Wyngaard initially will be the receiver for Schuyler for two years. She will work with the school's new principal and the Schuyler community to meet and exceed expectations and best practices outlined in the new law. Opportunities include:

  • Becoming a community school providing additional student and family services

  • Extending the school day or year

  • Changes to curriculum

  • Re-staffing

Schuyler will continue to bolster after-school programs and extended-day learning opportunities. In addition, the school is in the process of creating a Community Engagement Team – also required by the new law – that will develop recommendations for improvement of the school and solicit feedback. If the school does not show sufficient improvement in two years, the state will require our Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing our ability to control future decisions about Schuyler.  


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.

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

  • Thursday, Sept. 3 -- Back-to-School Carnival, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 -- First day of school for 2015-16
  • Monday, Sept. 14 -- No school, Rosh Hashana
  • Saturday, Sept. 19 -- Homecoming parade, Albany High School, noon.

  • Saturday, Sept. 19 -- Homecoming football game vs. Ballston Spa, Bleecker Stadium, 1 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 -- PTA meeting, 8:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 -- No school, Yom Kippur
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 -- Open House, 5:45-7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 27 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. 5K, 10:30 a.m. Fun Run

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


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