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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


David Bernsley

Email: dbernsley@albany.k12.ny.us

Timitra Rose, Assistant Principal

Email: trose@albany.k12.ny.us

April Stokes, Assistant Principal

Email: astokes@albany.k12.ny.us

Lionel Harris, Home School Coordinator

Email: lharris@albany.k12.ny.us

Julianna Obie, Community School Site Coodinator



2019-20 school supplies lists

David Bernsley appointed O'Neal principal

On Aug. 8, the City School District of Albany Board of Education approved veteran secondary administrator David Bernsley to serve as the new principal of Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence.


Bernsley, who has served as a high school principal for 11 years in two school districts, comes to O’Neal from the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, where he currently serves as interim director of curriculum and instructional services.


He served as the superintendent of the Mount Pleasant Cottage School Union Free School District in 2017-18, and as principal of Monroe-Woodbury’s Alternative Education Program in 2016-17.


He served as the principal of Monroe-Woodbury High School from 2010-16, and as principal at Walkill Senior High School from 2005-10. He began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in the Bronx in 1999.


Prior to entering the education field, Bernsley played professional basketball in Israel from 1993-99.


O'Neal to become a community school in September

Come September, Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence will be transformed into a community school – a neighborhood hub that will provide services to students and families during and beyond the regular school day.


Community schools provide certain services directly or partner with a community organization to provide the services. Those services could include:

  • Before- and after-school programs;

  • More intensive health, mental health and social services for children; and

  • Mental health, social, legal, career, English-language, parenting and adult educational services for parents or guardians.

Planned enrollment changes for 2019-20 and beyond

Starting in September, incoming sixth-grade students who attended Arbor Hill Elementary and Sheridan Preparatory Academy will attend O'Neal. Students moving into sixth grade from North Albany Academy and Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy will attend North Albany Middle School through the 2022-23 school year.


At O’Neal, these enrollment changes will reduce the size of the sixth grade by about half during 2019-20. These reductions will extend to grade 7 in the 2020-21 school year and throughout all grades in the 2021-22 school year, lowering the overall enrollment in the building over that time. We believe this will allow us to better serve all students, with lower overall enrollment in both school environments.


The district intends for this short-term middle school enrollment pattern to be in place until the 2023-24 school year. The district anticipates that North Albany will re-open as a permanent 650-student middle school beginning in 2023-24. The district will plan for the permanent enrollment pattern for that school, as well as for Hackett and Myers middle schools, through an open and inclusive community process in the coming years.


School times

  • Building opens -- 7:35 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 7:35 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 8 a.m.

  • School day ends -- 3 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • Friday, Sept. 6 -- First day of school for sixth-graders

  • Monday, Sept. 9 -- First day of school for seventh- and eighth-graders

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17

    • Dads Take Your Child to School Day

    • Open House, 6-8 p.m.

  • Sunday, Sept. 22 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park

    • 5K, 9:30 a.m.

    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.

  • Monday, Sept. 30 -- Rosh Hashana, no school

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 500 students in grades 6-8.


The school building is the former home of the district's Alternative Learning Center, which relocated to 395 Elk St., now the Tony Clement Center for Education.


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, attending the former Philip Schuyler High School and graduating from Albany 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.


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, North Albany 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

  • Sheridan Preparatory Academy



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