Board approves plan to lower O'Neal Middle School enrollment
N.Y. (April 12, 2019) -- In order to reduce
Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, the City
School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a plan to
convert North Albany Academy to a small, temporary middle school for the
next four years.
Under these enrollment changes,
students moving into sixth grade from
and Philip J.
Schuyler Achievement Academy in September will attend the new
temporary middle school at North Albany. Students moving into sixth
grade from Arbor
Hill Elementary School and
Preparatory Academy will continue to attend middle school at O’Neal.
In both cases, middle school
placement for students who receive English as a New Language (ENL) or
Special Education services will be determined separately by each
At O’Neal, the enrollment
changes will reduce the size of the sixth grade by about half next
school year. These reductions will extend to grade 7 in the 2020-21
school year and throughout all grades in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school
years, lowering the overall enrollment in the building over that time.
At North Albany, the changes
will create a temporary middle school that will have the following
enrollment over the next four years:
2019-20 – 110 students in
2020-21 – 150 students in
2021-22 – 190 students in
2022-23 – 150 students in
The district believes these
changes will allow staff at both locations to better serve all students,
with lower overall enrollment in both school environments.
Separately, the district has
proposed a facilities project that would convert North Albany to
a permanent 650-seat middle school beginning with the 2023-24 school
year. Voters will have the opportunity to consider that proposal May 21
as part of Proposition #2, a
$45.6 million facilities package that would have no tax impact. In
addition to the proposed expansion and renovations at North Albany,
Proposition #2 also includes a proposal to expand Arbor Hill Elementary,
and a five-year facilities plan with 87 projects at 18 buildings.
The district will plan for the enrollment pattern for the new permanent
North Albany middle school, as well as for Hackett and Myers middle
schools, through an open and inclusive community process in the coming
North Albany students prekindergarten-grade 4
The district has established a re-enrollment process for students
currently in prekindergarten through grade 4 at North Albany.
students will attend other elementary schools throughout the district
beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
Families who live in the North Albany neighborhood
zone will have re-enrollment
options at other elementary schools.
We will provide an application for this process later this
Families who live outside of the North Albany neighborhood zone will
be reassigned to their home school as long as space is available.
If space is not available at the home school, families will
have the opportunity to participate in the re-enrollment process.
The district will have more information about
this re-enrollment process, including an application, later this month.
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