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Latest news ...

Board extends superintendent's contract

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has extended the contract of Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams through the 2021-22 school year in recognition of her positive impact on the district and community during her first 10 months on the job.


“We believed when we hired Kaweeda Adams that we had found the right person for the right job, and our experiences over the past year have proved that to be the case,” said Board President Sue Adler. “We believe she is the experienced, focused, energetic leader that our school district and community need and deserve, and we are excited that she has agreed to this contract extension.”


The extension, which adds two years to Adams' original contract, does not include a pay increase. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Preparing a new generation of teachers

Group picture of the students in the EMAT programWith moving-up ceremonies happening across the City School District of Albany and Albany High School’s graduation just around the corner, the evening of June 19 marked another important educational milestone – but this one for adults.  


The first group of participants in our unique partnership with New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development gathered at Academy Park to present the findings of their research projects and to the celebrate their impending completion of the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching (EMAT) program. (MORE)


District, union for support staff

agree to new five-year contract

The City School District of Albany and the union representing about 610 staff members have agreed to a new five-year contract. Albany Public School United Employees approved the contract earlier this month, with an overwhelming majority of the members who voted saying "yes."


“We are pleased to have reached agreement with APSUE through a collaborative negotiation process that emphasized and valued the important role our support staff play throughout our school district,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “We are grateful to APSUE’s leadership and all of its members for their partnership in helping to move our school district forward.” Please visit our District News section to read more.


Churchill named

lacrosse Academic All-American

US Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport, has recognized Albany High School senior Reeve Churchill as a 2018 Academic All-American.


Churchill, a midfielder, is one of just six players from the Capital Region to earn Academic All-American status this year. (MORE)


Spring newsletter available online

We hope you will enjoy the spring edition of Capital Education, the City School District of Albany's quarterly newsletter, which you can view in full here.


Print copies will be arriving in mailboxes across the city soon.


Bank of America, Junior Achievement

donate $10K for financial success programs

Students at North Albany Academy joyfully hoisted a ceremonial check on June 11 representing a $10,000 donation from Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York.


The donation will support expansion of Junior Achievement through AVID and financial literacy programs operating in 98 classrooms throughout the City School District of Albany. (MORE)


Wrapping up the year

Photo of two boys sitting on top of playground, silhouetted by the skyWith summer just around the corner, please review this information regarding the last days of the 2017-18 school year in the City School District of Albany.



Summer School info available

This summer, the City School District of Albany will offer summer school programs for students in elementary school, middle school and high school. The district also will offer specialized programs for students with disabilities.


Many of these programs are designed to help students meet the state’s rising academic standards and graduation requirements. (MORE)


Albany High inducts 24

into French Honor Society

Twenty-four students were inducted into Albany High School’s chapter of the Société Honoraire de Français (French Honor Society) on May 24.


To be inducted to the society, students must have achieved a 90 or better average in French and an 85 overall average in their other academic subjects. (MORE)    


Albany High cleans up

at regional theater awards

The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble came out on top May 19 at the High School Musical Theatre Awards, taking home four wins out of six nominations.


The Theatre Ensemble’s March production of “Hairspray” won best actress, best musical, best technical execution and best choreography execution. (MORE)


Spring scholar-athletes earn recognition

Photo of female softball player up to batNearly 100 members of Albany High School’s spring varsity athletic teams have earned scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The student-athletes each maintained an academic average of 90 or higher during the third marking period this school year.


The boys’ tennis team also earned recognition as a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team, with at least 75 percent of the members achieving a 90 average or higher. (MORE)


Teachers meet gold standard

Two more City School District of Albany teachers have reached a professional gold standard.


Christine Rizzo, a reading teacher at William S. Hackett Middle School, and Kelly Toomey, a special education teacher at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, have joined the ranks of 25 educators in our school district that have earned the prestigious National Board Certification. (MORE)


2018 regional scholars named

The Business and Education Partnership has honored three Albany High School seniors in this year's regional Scholars Recognition Program.


Gail Cabahug, Erin Lippitt and Harry Zay are among high school seniors from 11 neighboring counties who were nominated by their schools for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and service to their community and school. (MORE)


District students

earn countywide recognition

The Albany County Youth Bureau has selected five City School District of Albany students to receive Youth Recognition Awards.


Youth Recognition Awards honor young people who show tremendous resiliency and growth, perform community service, or demonstrate athletic or artistic ability. (MORE) 


Important update on student physicals

New York State has changed the timing of required student physicals and the forms that health providers must complete.


As of July 1, state law will require public school students to have a health physical when they:

• Enter school as a new student

Enter prekindergarten or kindergarten

Enter grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 (MORE)


Kindergarten registration open

Kindergarten registration is open for the 2018-19 school year, and the City School District of Albany has options in place to make registration easier for families.


If your child currently is enrolled in a prekindergarten program in one of the district's 12 elementary schools, he or she automatically will be registered for kindergarten in the district for next school year. (MORE)


District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.


Two important individuals in that process are Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.



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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

6/24 Albany High School Graduation, Times Union Center, 2 p.m.
7/2 Board of Education meeting, William S. Hackett Middle School,
7 p.m.
7/9 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 8 a.m.
7/19 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 7 p.m.
7/21 Summer Celebration and Safety Day, Krank Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.