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Why Schenectady?

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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 Year. 

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.

We 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 has19 schools including two 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 College.

Other featured 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, Katie Ferguson, a 2nd 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.



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