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The Schenectady City School District, with a population of nearly 10,000 students, is one of the largest school districts in the Capital Region.  The district is comprised of 11 elementary schools, three  middle schools, one high school and an adult education center.

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 The SCSD teaching staff includes 62 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT), which is more than any other district in the state with the exception of NYC. Among the staff is the 2012 New York State Teacher of the Year and the 2016 ESSAA Outstanding Administrator of the Year.

Our district is  implementing a redistricting initiative in 2016-17 and has been re-structured to a Pre-K-grade 5 elementary, 6-8 middle and 9-12 high school grade level model.  The neighborhood school that a student attends is based on residence.  Each of our elementary schools feed directly to a middle school.  As such, when families move into the district, they know where their child will attend school from elementary through high school.

All of Schenectady’s schools are filled with rich culture and diversity with a student body that is 35% black, 35% white, 15% Hispanic and 15% Asian.  We are committed to providing an environment in which all children feel valued, are safe and will learn.    

We value a culture of equity and are driven to ensure that race, economics and disability are never predictors of student achievement. We are committed to supporting all students, every step of the way, along the path to graduation.

Our district is known for a wide breadth of programs and learning opportunities including the rigorous International Baccalaureate Program and national award-winning fine arts program. We offer hundreds of clubs and activities for all students - from our youngest learners right up through high school.  Our schools also include half and full day pre-kindergarten classes.  Our work is to ensure that every student graduates college and career ready. 

 Since 2012, Schenectady High School's dropout rate has significantly decreased and the graduation rate continues to jump.  The Class of 2016 cohort recently finished with the highest district graduation rate in a decade.

The district has begun a long range planning renewal program which includes work to all of the district schools.  The first phase of the work is a $70 million capital project that got underway in 2014.   The plan was adopted by the Board of Education and is designed to ensure equity, build capacity and address overcrowding in some schools, address forecasted enrollment shifts and improve building conditions. 

All of Schenectady’s schools are committed to family engagement.  Our school doors are open to you.  We welcome and encourage you to be an engaged partner in your child’s educational journey.  

Our Slogan:  Everybody Counts. Everybody Learns.

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Members of the Schenectady High School Class of 2014 left behind a special message for their teachers. 



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