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Thomas S O Brien Academy Of Science And Tech

Public | PK-5 | 487 students

 

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Posted April 3, 2012

TOAST is located in a highly segregated part of Albany, and thus, lacks the diversity that is trully representative of the city of Albany. That being said, I highly recommend sending your child there instead of on of the exclusive private schools, where only well-to-do people need apply, in order for their child to be instantly recognized by an Ivy league school, not based based on merit, but instead, by their social status. It's sickening, I know. It may come as a shock to you that the city of Albany practices segregation (what city doesn't?) through housing projects and neglect of disused and misused properties that are located on realestate that happens to surround the school, and, that the childen attending the school, mostly do so out of convienence of location,as opposed to actually wanting to attend a science and technology school. But, if your child is into science and technology, they will easily accel and instantly be recognized by the nurturing faculty that wants to see your child succeed in such a non-nurturing environment that the school is surrounded by. I love TOAST, and feel the school is much overlooked due to the conditions I described above.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2010

Absolutely hated it! The teacher was incompetent, the principal was unwilling to help, resources were non-available. We would never send a child there again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

The faculty are always there for the children, there are multiple enriching programs both within school hours and after school-it is a great community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

a group of extremely dedicated teachers who make their students their priority
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 16, 2009

We love the teachers, staff and curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science & Technology (or better known as TOAST) is a great magnet school. The science and technology curriculum especially is top notch. The teachers and staff (and parents!) are dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Excellent school chose for the Albany City School District. Currently we have a new principal who has been with us for one full year and we already see an improvement. Our school has undergone renovation and this has displaced us (meaning we are not in our building) - yet still we perservere. Come Jan 2010 we will be back in our building and the party will begin. Our students are excited as well as their parents. We now desire to have this excitement disperse into the community...come see TOAST
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

We have been through a lot in the past year with some much needed renovations and we're still smiling!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2009

I've been part of the TOAST community for 20 years and with each year, new and exciting activities and accomplishments enrich our Science and Technology magnet curriculum. We've received positive recognition for our programs and ideas and developed innovative solutions to each challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Great teachers, and a new principal that stands behind the students - everyone cares about, and is dedicated to the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Thomas O'Brien is a neighborhood magnet school with a science and technology focus. The school has a partnership with the New York State Museum, a natural history including scientific research laboratories and collections on-site. Young urban children have the opportunity to see and experience science, nature, history and the arts from professionals in the related fields. This elevates science beyond the textbooks and makes it come alive for kids.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 6, 2006

TOAST has some incredibly dedicated teachers who get little to no support from their administrator regarding discipline and inservice training. The school environment is often chaotic and dangerous for students, despite their teachers' best efforts, there is no follow up by administrators to staff reports on misbehavior in the cafeteria, the playground and classrooms.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 12, 2006

Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) is a school where children, teachers, parents, neighbors and friends of a culturally diverse community come together in mutual respect to encourage children to enjoy learning. TOAST offers an environment where every child is free to learn, experience success, and develop a desire for more knowledge. Using themes about the relationship between people and the environment, the curriculum at TOAST will offer an integrated and creative study of all areas in the New York State elementary curriculum-reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, music, art and physical education. Learning strategies will reflect and reinforce the approaches that drive the development of science and technology: curiosity, discovery, observation, problem-solving, inquiry and creativity. Hands-on learning, computers and partnerships with the New York State Museum and other community resources will involve children in actively acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be effective problem solvers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2005

TOAST has recently been awarded the Pathfinders Award for 2004 Grade 4 English Test Scores. They were the highest in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2005

I think this is a great school. My child has had great teachers and there is tons of after school activities to do. the teachers respond well when you call them with questions or concerns. The PTA is also well involved. I get notices all the time about PTA events.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
2%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
26%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 60% 19%
Hispanic 2 15% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 13% 9%
White 1 10% 48%
Two or more races 2 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 279%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 3%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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  • Technology

Arts & music

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  • Music teacher(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Timothy Fowler

Programs

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  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
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  • Technology

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  • Music teacher(s)
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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94 Delaware Ave
Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 475-6875

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