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

Prekindergarten-Grade 6

Click here to read TOAST's June newsletter


Lincoln Park

Albany, NY 12202

Phone: (518) 475-6875

Fax: (518) 475-6877

Website: http://toasttimberwolves.wix.com/toast


Teresa L. Brown, Principal

Email: tbrown@albany.k12.ny.us

Katie Stalker, Assistant Principal

Email: kstalker@albany.k12.ny.us


TOAST celebrates Arbor Day

With help from a host of community partners, fifth-graders at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on April 18 planted trees at their school in celebration of Arbor Day.


The effort was spearheaded by Albany Goes Green, an initiative coordinated by the Albany Fund for Education with the help of local and state agencies and community groups.


Despite temperatures more fitting for Thanksgiving Day than Arbor Day, students and volunteers planted 36 trees – all native to Albany – around the school. Students also got lessons about flora and fauna, and they discussed the environmental importance of trees in cities and elsewhere. (MORE)


TOAST sixth-grader takes first at citywide science fair

Sixth-grader Sameya Khan won first place for her age group at the recent 2018 Joseph Henry Science Fair, where City School District of Albany students earned medals galore.


Including Sameya, district students took first place in all but one of the four areas of competition and placed in all the categories at the March 23 contest for budding Albany scientists ages 10-14. They competed against some 100 students from 17 schools.


Hosted by The College of Saint Rose, the annual Joseph Henry Science Fair gives science-fair winners from individual schools throughout Albany a forum to compete against each other and have their projects judged on scientific merit. (MORE)


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: 7:40 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins (K-6): 7:40 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

  • Optional school uniforms

    Only district elementary school with a focus on science and technology

  • Other unique programs including:

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, July 21 -- Summer Celebration and Safety Day, Krank Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

2017-18 news and information

  • TOAST newcomer students complete hurricane aid project -- English-language learners at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Monday packed their teacher’s car with hundreds of pounds of supplies to be delivered to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During the past two months, the 25 students – fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in Caroline Espinoza Navarette’s English as a new language class – collected the provisions in a school-wide drive they planned and carried out. (MORE)

Absence from school

If your child is absent for any reason, call the school nurse at (518) 475-6875 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school. 


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