J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence
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50 North Lark St., Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 475-6600
Fax: (518) 475-6602
Timitra Rose, Assistant Principal
April Stokes, Assistant Principal
Lionel Harris, Home School Coordinator
Julianna Obie, Community School Site
2019-20 school supplies lists
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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School day begins
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School day ends
-- 3 p.m.
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
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,
Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence
Edmund J. O'Neal Middle
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
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
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
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
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 District of Albany uses a
feeder enrollment model for students at
O'Neal Middle School,
Harriet Myers Middle School and
Hackett Middle School.
who move up from the following elementary schools
O'Neal Middle School: