The Menands School District — better known as Menands School—serves 255 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school district pays tuition for an additional 120 Menands students in grades nine through twelve to attend one of three area high schools: Shaker High School in North Colonie Central School District, Watervliet High School, or Tech Valley High School. A small public school district that never centralized with other schools, Menands School District has been in existence for over 140 years and continues to be a focal point of our village community.
The school offers an ideal learning environment for all students. A small school atmosphere, individual attention, a diverse student body, and community support are just some of the things that make Menands unique. The district is proud to provide students with a strong academic program in core subjects that establishes the foundation for their success in high school, college, and careers. Menands students benefit from full-day kindergarten, accelerated courses in eighth grade math and science, Spanish starting in kindergarten, and computer technology, library, art, music, and physical education/health at every grade level.
The staff consists of 31 teachers, 14 non-instructional personnel, a superintendent, and a principal.
In addition to the traditional academic courses, the district offers four extramural sports for middle school students, a wide range of clubs for students in grades one through eight, two drama productions each year, and band and instrumental lessons starting in fifth grade.
The Menands School District, in partnership with students, teachers, parents and the community, is committed to excellence. We prepare students to excel in all areas of learning, encourage them to respect cultural diversity, and expect them to become valued members of society. We strive to develop life-long learners within a safe, nurturing and supportive environment. By creating innovative, well-balanced programs that challenge the unique abilities of all students, we are able to nurture each child's potential. We are educating the leaders of tomorrow and believe that children come first.
On the western bank of the Hudson River, the Village of Menands, with a population of 3,940, encompasses a total area of three square miles. It is located within the Town of Colonie, and north of the City of Albany.
Downtown Albany, steeped in history and home to the State Capitol, the Empire State Plaza, and the NYS Museum, is just minutes away. Within a short drive, residents can visit a premiere shopping mall or enjoy a picnic in one of the many local and state parks. More than a dozen colleges and universities are nearby, including the State University of New York at Albany, The Sage Colleges, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Historic Saratoga Springs, home of the famous Saratoga Thoroughbred Race Track, lies less than an hour north on the way to the Adirondack Mountains. Montreal, Boston and New York City are all within a few hours' drive.
District Code of Conduct (PDF document)
District Goals (PDF document)
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