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Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)

Prekindergarten-Grade 6


Lincoln Park

Albany, NY 12202

Phone: 475-6875

Fax: 475-6877

Web site: http://toasttimberwolves.wix.com/toast


Teresa L. Brown, Principal

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


About Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology

The school we know as Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) was built in 1954 as Public School 24. Its namesake is Thomas O'Brien, who served as principal at P.S. 24 more than 100 years ago. He died in 1921 at the age of 72, and the school was named after him when it became at magnet school in 1990. The original P.S. 24 was built in 1893 and located just a few blocks north of the current school on the Delaware Avenue plot of land where the Boys and Girls Club of Albany now stands.


The TOAST building reopened in January 2010 following a complete renovation. It now features state-of-the-art computers and technology in every classroom and throughout the building.


We are proud to be able to provide a range of programs and services to take care of our children's academic needs as well as provide health and wellness services onsite. These services include mobile dental health services through our partnership with St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. Click here for more information about the district's magnet schools, or call the Magnet Office at 475-6551.


New pre-K arrival and dismissal procedures for 2016-17

Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology has reviewed arrival and dismissal protocols for prekindergarten students and will implement the following changes in 2016-17 to ensure the safety of the school’s youngest learners.


All pre-K students will arrive through the main entrance. Pre-K students with siblings in grades K-6 may enter the building through the main doors starting at 7:30 a.m. These pre-K students will go directly to the auditorium and meet a teaching assistant who will wait with them until 7:50 a.m., when pre-K students who do not have olders siblings at TOAST should arrive at school through the main entrance.


Teaching staff will meet pre-K students in the main hallway and escort all students to the classroom. At 8:15 a.m., pre-K classes will go to the cafeteria for breakfast (please note that breakfast and lunch are free for all district students each day).


The pre-K school day will end with dismissal at 2:20 p.m. from the Rock Park doors.


“This slight change in arrival and dismissal procedures and times is for the safety of our children,” said Principal Teresa Brown. “We appreciate your patience and understanding as we look to provide a safe and successful start of the school year.”


School times

  • Building opens: 7:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins (K-6): 7:30 a.m.

  • Prekindergarten school day begins: 7:50 a.m.

  • K-6 school day begins: 8 a.m.

  • Prekindergarten breakfast begins: 8:15 a.m.

  • Prekindergarten school day ends: 2:20 p.m.

  • K-6 school day ends: 2:30 p.m.

  • After-school child care ends: 6 p.m.

Points of distinction

  • Only district elementary school with a focus on science and technology

  • Optional school uniforms

  • Other unique programs including:

Upcoming events

  • Friday, June 16 -- Field Day for students in grades 4 through 6

  • Monday, June 19

    • BLT meeting, 2:45 p.m.

    • PTA meeting, 6 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 21

    • Pre-K Moving Up Celebration, 10-11:15 a.m.

    • Kindergarten Moving Up Celebration, noon-1:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 22

    • Sixth Grade Moving Up Celebration, 9:30 a.m.

    • Early dismissal, 11:45 a.m.

  • Friday, June 23

    • Early dismissal, 11:45 a.m.

    • Last day of school

News and information

  • Click here to visit the City School District of Albany's Photo Gallery

Absence from school

If your child is absent for any reason, call the school nurse at 475-6875 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school. 


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