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Schenectady Smart Scholars  Early College High School

The Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School is a partnership between the State University of New York, Schenectady County Community College and the Schenectady City School District with the intent to establish a collaborative learning and teaching environment for a select number of incoming 9th graders.

All partners are committed to facilitating positive, transformational changes which provide for a more successful and wide reaching
program for a student population which is traditionally underrepresented in college.  These students earn their diploma as well as college credit during four years of high school. 

The program provides students the opportunity to take classes at Schenectady High School and on the Schenectady County Community College campus earning transferrable credit and reducing college tuition costs.

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Valerie Smith at 925-0282 or email smithv@schenectady.k12.ny.us

Purpose of Smart Scholars Early College High School

  • To support students throughout high school

  • To increase high school graduation rates

  • To assist students transitioning to college and career

  • To increase the number of students who complete postsecondary credential/degree.

The Goal

Each student enrolled in Smart Scholars has the opportunity to graduate from high school with a Regents Diploma and  successfully transition into college with at least 24 credit hours earned and transferred.



Schenectady Foundation awarded $100K Grant Awarded to Smart Scholars

SHS Smart Scholars Video

Criteria and Directions [pdf]

Application [pdf]

Request for Admission Essay [pdf]

Parent Consent  [pdf]

Recommendation Forms [pdf]

Application Deadline
January 23, 2015

Completed Application & Materials
all should be submitted to your guidance counselor.

Applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview after application is received.

Interviews will be held beginning February 2015.

If you have questions, please call Valerie Smith at (518) 925-0282 or email smithv@schenectady.k12.ny.us or talk to your guidance counselor.

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Smart Scholars
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Valerie Smith
(518) 925-0282
email smithv@schenectady.

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