School enrollment meetings to discuss proposed changes for 2019-20
N.Y. (March 8, 2019) -- The City School District of Albany is planning
four school-based meetings in March to talk with families and get
feedback about enrollment changes the Board of Education is considering
for the 2019-20 school year. These changes would affect students and
families at Arbor Hill Elementary School, Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School
of Excellence, North Albany Academy, Philip J. Schuyler Achievement
Academy and Sheridan Preparatory Academy.
The board discussed enrollment changes for these schools at its meeting
March 7. Please follow these links to read
of these proposals from Assistant Superintendent for Secondary
Instruction Lori McKenna, as well as the
Impact presentation from the meeting.
The school-based meetings will provide details about each option for
families and community members. The meetings will be held on the
following dates (please follow the links to read a letter from each
The district first proposed enrollment changes for next school year at
the Jan. 31 board meeting to address enrollment growth at O'Neal Middle
"We have learned in the 18 months that O’Neal has
been in operation that the building cannot adequately serve the
temporary enrollment pattern the district put in place when it opened
O’Neal," McKenna said. "So we have been studying a variety of options to
reduce the enrollment at O’Neal while continuing to provide our students
with a robust middle school experience."
However, the district now is facing a significant budget deficit for
2019-20, which prompted a deeper study in February of declining
enrollment at district elementary schools on the north side of the city.
In the past year, the combined enrollment at Arbor Hill, North Albany
and Sheridan Prep has declined by about 100 students, or nearly 10
percent. To address those factors along with the need for enrollment
reduction at O'Neal, the board is considering the following options for
the 2019-20 school year:
Hill and North Albany expand to add sixth grade. This would reduce
sixth-grade enrollment at O'Neal by about 80 students. Students from
Schuyler and Sheridan Prep would continue to attend sixth grade at
O'Neal under this option.
students scheduled to attend O'Neal for sixth grade would shift to
North Albany. O'Neal would continue to serve students in grades 7-8.
Under this option, students currently in prekindergarten through
grade 4 at North Albany would re-enroll at the district's other 11
Students currently in grade 5 at Schuyler and North Albany would
attend sixth grade at North Albany. This would reduce sixth-grade
enrollment at O'Neal by about 80 students. Students currently in
grade 5 at Arbor Hill and Sheridan Prep would continue to attend
O'Neal for sixth grade. Under this option, students currently in
prekindergarten through grade 4 at North Albany also would re-enroll
at the district's other 11 elementary schools.
school-based enrollment meetings will address each of these options in
detail, including enrollment options and choices that would be available
for North Albany families if the board selects one of the options that
would repurpose North Albany as a small, temporary middle school.
Feedback about each option will help inform the board's decision-making
process in the coming weeks.
board's next discussion about these proposals will be at its March 21
meeting, scheduled for North Albany Academy beginning at 7 p.m.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High