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About the City School District of Albany


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Our vision

The City School District of Albany will be a district of excellence with caring relationships and engaging learning experiences that provide equitable opportunities for all students to reach their potential.


Our mission

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for success.


Our goals and priorities

  • Increase student achievement in early literacy, close the achievement gaps and increase graduation rate by focusing on the unique factors that impact student success.

    • Continue to develop, implement, enhance and monitor social-emotional supports

    • Continue to enhance and monitor instructional systems for student success including AVID, IB, K-2 literacy, STEM, STEAM, and RTI

    • Address high school and middle school facility needs through Albany High rebuild and middle school configuration

  • Enhance the delivery of quality instruction by providing our teachers and staff with high-level, meaningful professional development to promote student growth and proficiency.

    • Enhance and implement culturally responsive education best practices

    • Continue to develop, implement, enhance, and monitor how we use data to enhance instructional practices

    • Increase workforce diversity through creative recruiting and by planning for a strong “grow our own” strategy

  • Build our leadership capacity and increase accountability through ongoing professional growth opportunities designed to improve effective leadership in our organization.

    • Continue to work with building leaders to provide high quality instructional walkthroughs with actionable feedback

    • Increase workforce diversity

    • Implement distributive leadership models in order to build leadership capacity

    • Provide leadership professional development opportunities

    • This video showcases Delaware Community School Principal Kenneth Lein, Ed.D., and members of the behavior and building leadership teams discussing how their collective actions have created a positive shift in their school’s atmosphere, which directly supports increased student success.  

  • Empower families to support the success of their children through relationships of mutual respect and clear and effective communication.

    • Develop and monitor a written district-wide Communication Plan with an emphasis on building level communication and family engagement

    • Implement schooltool

    • Launch new district website

    • Provide customer service training for faculty and staff to improve school climate and family engagement

  • Partner with our diverse community, including local businesses and community leaders, to engage and empower stakeholders in the wrap-around services needed to support our students

    • Continue to develop and monitor Community Schools model

    • Continue to develop and monitor reciprocal community engagement strategies

    • Welcome community partners in schools

Our schools

Led by Superintendent Kaweeda G.Adams, the City School District of Albany and its more than 1,700 faculty and staff strive to provide an academically challenging, safe and welcoming experience for all students.


The district serves about 9,300 students in 18 schools: 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, an alternative-education program for middle- and high-school students, the Albany International Center serving refugee and immigrant students in grades 6-12, and Albany High School, a comprehensive high school with a career and technical center. You can find a complete directory in the Our Schools section.


Albany High features four themed academies, the prestigious International Baccalaureate program and one of the largest selections of Advanced Placement courses offered in the Capital Region.


At the elementary level, the district offers full-day prekindergarten at every school and at several community locations, and outstanding school-choice options that include three theme-based magnet elementary schools, the Dual Language Program and open enrollment options across the district.


For more information about enrollment, class size, academic programs, magnet schools, food-service programs, athletics, music and the arts, volunteer opportunities and much more, refer to the Albany A-Z section of our site. You can click here to view and download the district's organizational chart.


For a directory of phone numbers for district staff, including Superintendent Adams' office, please visit our Contact Us section.


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