A small urban school district with approximately 4,300 students, we have programs housed in eight buildings. Troy has achieved remarkable progress in recent years. Our school improvement efforts have not only raised expectations, but also resulted in measurable changes across the district. The district’s public schools continue to serve as a vital part of the city of Troy’s revitalization.
Troy is one of the largest school districts in the Capital Region. The personalized nature of being a small city school district empowers students to excel in an environment that encourages and supports lifelong learning. The school district has recently instituted a number of policies to elevate academic achievement.
The district is committed to teaching a curriculum that ensures all students meet the state learning standards. Each school provides a broad array of educational experiences and extracurricular opportunities that challenge students to achieve their maximum potential.
The district offers a full-day kindergarten program, state-of-the-art technology in all classrooms, and after-school programs. Troy’s teaching staff works hard every day to make a difference in the lives of students. Numerous district programs support learning and instruction, including: Extended School Day after-school programs, summer programs, reading tutorials and partnerships with RPI, Union College, Troy Family YMCA, Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) and others. Each school boasts an active parent-teacher organization with a demonstrated record of success. The district’s athletic teams compete in Section 2 championship games and recently joined the Suburban Council.
Troy values diversity – ethnic, racial, religious, economic and cultural – and its positive impact on the learning community. District Size: The Enlarged City School District of Troy covers 10.7 square miles and includes portions of the town of Brunswick.
Form of School Government – Subject to the provisions of the State Constitution, the District operates pursuant to the Education Law, the Local Finance Law, other laws generally applicable to the district and any special laws applicable to the District. Under such laws, there is no authority for the District to have a charter or adopt local laws.
A District on the Rise
- Rigorous, challenging curricula aligned to the new Common Core State Standards
- After-school and extended day programs for targeted academic and social-emotional support
- New, state-of-the-art Middle School
- Passage of a technology and security bond for 21st Century upgrades in every classroom in every school.
- Smartboards, document cameras and projectors in every classroom
- Interactive laptop and iPad carts available in every school
- Troy Riverfront Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is one of only a select few programs of its kind in the state and puts high school students on a direct career path to the region’s most in-demand fields including technology, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.
- Enrichment activities and community partnerships throughout the District.
- Caring, supporting adults who will do whatever it takes to help students reach their full potential.
Troy and the Capital Region
Known as “The Collar City” – Troy is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, just minutes from New York’s capital, Albany. As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s and America’s Uncle Sam, Troy is a city rich in history and diversity. Today, Troy is the perfect place to work and call home. Significant investments in the downtown and surrounding areas have revitalized the city. It is now considered one of the Tech Valley region’s fastest growing areas for business. The city supports a network of homegrown businesses and high tech companies. Its historic streets are lined with merchants offering unique products and services, excellent restaurants and antiques shops. Troy is rooted in a strong civic infrastructure that brings together the talents and expertise of its diverse population. The city’s friendly neighborhoods offer residents a high quality of life and a positive environment for raising children.
The city of Troy is also home to world-class universities and colleges, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Sage Colleges and Hudson Valley Community College. The University at Albany, College of Saint Rose, Siena College, Skidmore College and Union College are also each within a 30-minute drive from the city. Many of Troy’s buildings still stand from the 18th century, retaining the character of a city exemplified by entrepreneurship and innovation. The city and its beautiful architecture have served as the backdrop for numerous Hollywood movies, ranging from “Ironweed” to “The Age of Innocence.” Troy is filled with cultural, educational and recreational activities year-round. The city boasts a vibrant arts and entertainment scene with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is home to the Tri-City ValleyCats, a minor league baseball team.
History, Culture and Recreation – The area boasts a vibrant nightlife year round. History, entertainment, culture, shopping, and festivals are plentiful in Troy and other Capital Region cities which are just minutes away. Drive a bit further to see off-Broadway performances at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. Summer is host to horseracing in the resort town of Saratoga Springs. Famous havens like Cooperstown and Woodstock are within short drives. A trip to Manhattan can be a scenic Hudson River ride on Amtrak or explore downtown Boston or cosmopolitan Montreal all three are about three hours away. Just a bit farther are Niagara Falls near Buffalo, and Toronto.
The Great Outdoors – In addition, The Capital Region offers many trails for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and mountain-bikers. The Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Catskills are all within an hour of Troy, and offer hundreds of areas for camping, hiking, and skiing. For close access to nature, Grafton Lakes State Park is minutes from the city. About an hour away, swimming, boating or sightseeing is available at Lake George.