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

Prekindergarten-Grade 6

Click here to download an application for the 2016-17 lottery


Lincoln Park

Albany, NY 12202

Phone: 475-6875

Fax: 475-6877

Web site: https://toast.albany.k12.ny.us


Shelette R. Pleat, Principal

E-mail: spleat@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.


School times

  • Building opens: 7:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins: 7:30 a.m.

  • School day begins: 8 a.m.

  • School day ends: 2:30 p.m.

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

Points of distinction

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, Feb. 4
    • PBIS meeting, 2:45 p.m.
    • Science Fair information night for parents, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 5
    • Bird-watching, 7 a.m.
    • School Spirit Day
  • Monday, Feb. 8
    • Building Leadership Team meeting, 2:45 p.m.
    • PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 -- PTA Chat and Chew, noon
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 -- Fall in Love with Math and ELA Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 15-Friday, Feb. 19 -- Winter Recess, no school
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 -- Black History Month Gallery
  • Monday, Feb. 29 -- Deadline to apply for 2016-17 magnet elementary school lottery
  • Tuesday, March 1 -- Applications available for 2016-17 prekindergarten lottery
  • Thursday, March 3 -- PBIS meeting, 2:45 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4
    • Third-quarter interim marking period ends
    • Bird-watching, 7 a.m.
    • School Spirit Day
  • Friday, March 11 -- Science Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 14
    • Mad for TOAST Week begins
    • Building Leadership Team meeting, 2:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16 -- All-City Stirngs Concert, Hackett Middle School, 6:30
  • Friday, March 18 -- March Madness: Mad for TOAST Basketball Game, 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19 -- New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival, Myers Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 21 -- PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 22 -- PTA Chat and Chew, noon
  • Wednesday, March 23 -- All-City Chorus Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25 -- Good Friday, no school
  • Tuesday, March 29 -- Autism Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 30 -- All-City Band Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31 -- Deadline to apply for the 2016-17 prekindergarten lottery

News and information

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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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