In a Nutshell
The Schenectady City School District has a
population of nearly 10,000 students in grades Pre-K
through 12. The teaching staff includes 56 National
Board Certified Teachers, which is more than any
other district in the state with the exception of
NYC. Among the teaching staff is the 2012 New York State Teacher of the
Schenectady is second to none
when it comes to programs and opportunities. The high school offers hundreds of courses
and programs including the rigorous International
Baccalaureate program, Smart Scholars, JROTC,
Robotics and certification programs such as CISCO
Networking, A+ Certification, IT Essential and
more. Schenectady offers more than 30 University in
the High School courses in which students earn
college credits at SCCC and U-Albany.
have a national award-winning fine arts program and
the Sayles School of Fine Arts with a Black
Box Theatre, dance studio, video production studio,
media arts lab, piano lab, music studio, art studios
and art gallery.
Schenectady offers a diverse
population with schools filled with culture and richness.
The student body is 35%
black, 15% Hispanic, 15% Asian; and 35% white, with
a free and reduced lunch rate of 80%.
The Schenectady City School
District has 20 schools including three early
childhood education centers, nine K/1-6 neighborhood elementary schools,
four K/1 -8 schools, one middle school and one high
school with a main campus and a satellite location.
Schenectady High School offers Advanced Placement
and University in the High School Courses along with
exceptional programs including an International
Baccalaureate Program, The John Sayles School of
Fine Arts, CISCO Networking Academy and
SMART Scholars College in the High School Program in
partnership with Schenectady County Community
opportunities include study in Mandarin Chinese,
Robotics and Nanotechnology.
The SCSD also operates
the Washington Irving Adult Education Center,
serving more than 1,000 adult learners annually.
Gold Seal in Education
The Schenectady teaching staff includes a total of
56 National Board Certified Teachers.
With the exception of New York City, that
is more than any other district in the State of New
York. National Board Certification is synonymous
with great teaching and is the gold standard in
education. NBC has set rigorous standards for
teachers and developed a national certification
system that recognizes, rewards and helps retain
highly accomplished teachers.
In September 2011,
grade teacher at Zoller Elementary
School, was named the 2012
New York State Teacher of the Year.
The New York State Board of
Regents presented Ferguson
with a certificate by Regents Chancellor Merryl H.
Tisch and Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr.
She was also presented with the Thomas Sobol Award
and the David Johnson Award.
City of Schenectady
Schenectady is a city of neighborhoods with abundant
quality homes, local shops and restaurants. Formerly
a major manufacturing center, once known as “the
city that lights and hauls the world”, Schenectady
is successfully transforming into to a 21st
Century economy with growth areas in renewable
energy, healthcare, and nearby nanotechnology
industries. Schenectady has vibrant arts, cultural
and higher education communities with Proctor’s
Theater, Union College, Schenectady County Community
College and more than a dozen other colleges and
universities in the region.
Where We Are
The capital region which includes Albany,
Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga is easily accessed
by the New York State thruway, the Northway, and
I-88. Schenectady is also a short distance from
many major cities including Boston, Buffalo, Cape
Cod, Montreal, New York City, and Niagara Falls.