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

Prekindergarten-Grade 6

Click here to read TOAST's April 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 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

  • Tuesday, April 24 -- ELA and STEAM Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27 -- Superhero Day
  • Tuesday, May 1 -- Special education parent workshop, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1-Wednesday, May 2 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Friday, May 4
    • Star Wars Day
    • Bird-watching, 7 a.m.
    • Elementary Art Show, Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., 5-8 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7 -- NYSESLAT listening, reading and writing testing window begins
  • Friday, May 11 -- School Spirit Day
  • Monday, May 14 -- PTA meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 15 -- School Budget Vote and Board Elections, no school
  • Wednesday, May 16 -- Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 18
    • All NYSESLAT testing windows end
    • Giffy's Barbecue, 3:30-6 p.m.
    • PTA Family Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 23 -- Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 28 -- Memorial Day, no school
  • Thursday, May 21 -- College and Career Day

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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