Back to School: Classes begin in the Albany School District

Albany International Center

ALBANY, NY (WRGB)-- Excitement was in the air in Albany Tuesday morning, as most students headed Back To School.

"Today is a very exciting day. We are just so happy to be here with all of our students and getting ready to deliver quality instruction for all of our kids," said Superintendent Kaweeda Adams.

New Superintendent Kaweeda Adams and state Education Commissioner maryellen Elia gave students a warm welcome at north Albany academy, Home of the new Albany International Center.

The new program welcomes immigrant and refugee students in grades 6-12 who need intensive language support, and support adapting to a new culture.

"This program is designed to support them and support their families as they make that transition and come to the United States," said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

But that new program, isn't the only fresh start for the new school year.

The Albany City School District also opened a brand new middle school Tuesday, the Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of excellence.

"We need to keep our classrooms small and we wanna reduce those class sizes and so we saw the need to open that middle school to help keep our numbers manageable at the middle school level," said Adams.

Superintendent Adams also says she's also excited for her start in Albany, and has big plans for year ahead.

"I am looking forward student achievement and increasing our student achievement and helping our graduation rate increase but also helping students understand what their responsibility is as they transition from elementary to middle school and to high school and then to the world of working careers," she said.

For more information about each school in the Albany City School District, visit

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