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Why Schenectady?

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

The Schenectady City School District has a population of nearly 10,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12. The 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 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%.

Over the last few years, the Schenectady City School District has made huge strides.  Since 2012, Schenectady High School's dropout rate has significantly decreased and the graduation rate continues to jump. 

The Schenectady City School District has 19 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.

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 work supports changes that will be made to create capacity and support the new districtwide grade configurations.  In September 2016, the school grade level configurations will change to Pre-K-five, six through eight, and a nine through twelve high school. 

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. 




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