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Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence

Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence

Grades 6-8


50 North Lark St., Albany, NY 12210

Phone: (518) 475-6600

Fax: (518) 475-6602


Kandie Antonetti, Principal

Email: kantonetti@albany.k12.ny.us

Timitra Rose, Assistant Principal

Email: trose@albany.k12.ny.us

April Stokes Assistant Principal

Email: astokes@albany.k12.ny.us


The Family Engagement Survey

As the City School District of Albany continues to work through the Diagnostic Tool for School District Evaluation (DTSDE) Review that the State Education Department requires of our schools, we would welcome your input as an important part of that work. Our family/school relationships and partnerships are central to your students’ success.


Please participate in The Family Engagement Survey. Our school has its own survey with questions that are unique to our school community, along with questions that focus more broadly on district-wide matters. Each school has its own password for the online survey.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and will be open through Jan. 18. Paper copies of the survey also are available at school. We look forward to your feedback!


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

  • Monday, Jan. 21 -- No school, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22 -- PTO meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 1 -- Second quarter ends
  • Friday, Feb. 15 -- Black History Month Celebration, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 18-Friday, Feb. 22 -- No school, Winter Recess
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26
    • Parent University, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • PTO meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

2018-19 news and information

Curriculum guide for middle school

As we start the 2018-19 school year, check out the City School District of Albany’s new middle-school curriculum guide. It’s a comprehensive overview of what students and families can expect in each grade at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.


The district has aligned its curriculum and course offerings at all three schools this year. If you were not able to attend the recent orientation programs at each middle school, you can download a guide here or pick one up from your child’s guidance counselor at school.


If you have any questions about the middle-school curriculum or experience, please contact your building principal. You also can contact Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Lori McKenna at (518) 475-6012 or lmckenna@albany.k12.ny.us.


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, 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.


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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