Having one student already entering her senior year, a second entering as a freshman this fall, and two more on the way, I could not be much more satisfied with the quality of education provided by Shaker HS. In an ideal world, a bit more flexibility in course selection (the oldest should have been eligible for advanced placement classes but was not entered in the right sequence when we moved into the district for 7th grade), but that is just one aspect of how a school system runs and what students get from their efforts. Shaker is justifiably in the top tier of high schools in the Capital Region, and compares well with any public high school in the nation (including those in Fairfax county, VA, near where I work). Anyone moving into the Albany area should consider the North Colonie schools an asset when choosing exactly where to live.
North Colonie School - you expect the best but when you scratch the surface you realize that the surface is very thin and what lies underneath does not meet the expectation. A school is only as good as the staff, the principal leads the staff, the staff leads our children. But what if principal and many of the staff members ( teachers) are only interested in their own reputation but are lacking interest for their students and even parents....Shaker Junior High was a very good experience for my son and our family....but this changed at Shaker High. Teachers who often tell stories about their personal lives and issues during school hours instead of teaching, principals who lack professionalism when under pressure, guidance counselors who cannot hide the fact that they dislike everything about their job, parking staff that can't help but using poor language. This is not what we expected when transferring from Junior High. We are glad that this was the last year at Shaker High for us and are looking forward to College and hopefully a positive experience.Good luck for you and your families.
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