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Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence

Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence

Grades 6-8

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50 North Lark St., Albany, NY 12210

Phone: (518) 475-6600

Fax: (518) 475-6602


Co-Principal: Malik Jones

Email: mjones@albany.k12.ny.us

Co-Principal: Kandie Antonetti

Email: kantonetti@albany.k12.ny.us


New dismissal procedures, traffic safety updates

Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence is changing dismissal procedures and pursuing additional steps in partnership with the City of Albany to improve pedestrian and traffic safety for students, staff and community members.


Beginning Thursday, Oct. 5, O'Neal eighth-grade students will dismiss on the Third Street side of the building rather than in front on North Lark Street. Seventh-graders will continue to dismiss on the Third Street side, and sixth-graders on the Second Street side.


O'Neal Co-Principals Malik Jones and Kandie Antonetti are continuing to work with the Albany Police Department and the city’s Traffic Engineering Services staff to provide new crosswalks and pedestrian safety signs in front of school. The school also is working internally and with the city on additional traffic safety measures; we will continue to keep you updated. Click here to download a letter from the co-principals with additional information and traffic safety tips to review at home.


About Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence
Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School is the newest school in the City School District of Albany, opening for the 2017-18 school year at 50 North Lark St. The school serves about 400 students in grades 6-8 this first year.


The school building is the former home of the district's Alternative Learning Center, which has relocated to 395 Elk St., beginning with the 2017-18 school year. O'Neal Middle School is undergoing extensive renovations this summer to prepare to serve its new students and to provide equitable programs and services for all. Additions supported by a $6.5 million facilities proposal that voters approved in January will include a new cafeteria and kitchen, new classrooms for science, technology, music, art, and family and consumer science, and updates to the gym and pool.


Edmund J. O'Neal's legacy

The new school is named after the late Edmund J. O'Neal, a beloved former Albany principal who spent his life serving the children and families of Albany, especially the Arbor Hill community.


He was the first African-American principal in our district when he took over leadership of the former School 6. He went on to serve as the first principal of Arbor Hill Elementary School from 1972-1986. He served as coordinator of human resources until his 1996 retirement.


O'Neal also was a product of Albany's public schools, graduating from the former Philip Schuyler High School. He also served as the first president of the board of Whitney M. Young Community Center, located in Arbor Hill. Click the highlighted text to read a Times Union story about naming the school in his honor.


School times

  • Building opens -- 7:25 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 7:25 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 7:45 a.m.

  • School day ends -- 2:45 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, June 21 -- Last day of classes
  • Friday, June 22 -- Grade 8 Moving Up, 10 a.m.

2017-18 news and information

  • Listening to our students' voices -- On March 14, students at Albany High School and the City School District of Albany's three middle schools joined their peers nationwide in coming together to advocate for school safety and to honor the memory of the 17 people who lost their lives in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. (MORE)
  • Albany High 2018-19 course books to be distributed Jan. 4-5 -- Eighth-graders received Albany High School course listing books in homeroom on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5. Students, please review the course books to prepare for upcoming appointments to plan your schedule for the next school year. Click on the highlighted text for a snapshot of next year's course offerings or to download the full course catalogue. You also can view information here about Albany High's "Seal of Biliteracy" program for students that can speak, understand and write in more than one language.
  • Modified winter sports practice schedules Nov. 13-17: Practice started Monday, Nov. 13 for modified winter sports (grades 7-8). Please visit our Athletics section for schedules during the first week of practice.
  • Dedication honors Edmund O'Neal -- The past and present intersected on Sept. 12 as the City School District of Albany honored the man for whom its newest school is named. About 150 people gathered at Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence on North Lark Street to pay tribute to the late Edmund J. O’Neal, who taught, was a principal and ran the human resources office during his 36-year career in the district. (MORE)
  • Welcome to the new school year! Read our back-to-school letter from Co-principals Malik Jones and Kandie Antonetti.
  • July school newsletter

  • June school newsletter

Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school nurse at (518) 475-6600 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.


Middle-school enrollment

The City School District of Albany uses a feeder enrollment model for students at O'Neal Middle School, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.


Students who move up from the following elementary schools will attend O'Neal Middle School:

  • Arbor Hill Elementary School

  • North Albany Academy

  • Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy

  • Sheridan Preparatory Academy

Also, students who were in seventh grade at the former West Hill Middle School in 2016-17 are attending O'Neal Middle School in 2017-18.



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