Middle School Enrollment

Middle school enrollment changes

The district currently serves middle-school students at Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School. The schools are enrolled via a "feeder" pattern, meaning specific elementary schools feed into specific middle schools

In order to reduce enrollment at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, the City School District of Albany Board of Education in 2019 approved a plan to convert North Albany Academy to a small, temporary middle school for the next four years.

Under these enrollment changes, students moving into sixth grade from North Albany and Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy in September 2019 will attend the new temporary middle school at North Albany. Students moving into sixth grade from Arbor Hill Elementary School and Sheridan Preparatory Academy will continue to attend middle school at O’Neal.

In both cases, middle school placement for students who receive English as a New Language (ENL) or Special Education services will be determined separately by each student’s program.

At O’Neal, the enrollment changes will reduce the size of the sixth grade by about half next school year. These reductions will extend to grade 7 in the 2020-21 school year and throughout all grades in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, lowering the overall enrollment in the building over that time. 

At North Albany, the changes will create a temporary middle school that will have the following enrollment over the next four years:

  • 2019-20 – 110 students in grade 6
  • 2020-21 – 150 students in grades 6-7
  • 2021-22 – 190 students in grades 6-8
  • 2022-23 – 150 students in grades 6-8

The district believes these changes will allow staff at both locations to better serve all students, with lower overall enrollment in both school environments.

During the summer of 2019, the district will work with students, staff and members of the community in an open and inclusive process to determine a new district-wide feeder pattern.

Feeder patterns through fall 2023

Elementary schools feeding into Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence

Arbor Hill Elementary

Sheridan Preparatory Academy

Elementary schools feeding into the new middle school at North Albany

North Albany Academy

Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy

Elementary schools feeding into Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School

Albany School of Humanities (ASH)

Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Montessori Magnet School

Pine Hills Elementary School

Elementary schools feeding into William S. Hackett Middle School

Delaware Community School

Eagle Point Elementary School

New Scotland Elementary School

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