Well-known throughout the Capital District for its exemplary and innovative educational programs, the South Colonie Central School District is dedicated to preparing students to meet the demands of New York State exams and Regents diplomas. But more importantly, the district is dedicated to educating the "whole child" and preparing students for successful careers and rewarding lives. South Colonie offers a Pre-K-12 program designed to promote the academic and personal development of all students.
South Colonie Report Cards and Interim Reports
South Colonie Schools distributes report cards four times per year for the elementary, middle and high school levels as well as interim reports four times per year for middle and high school students. For a report card/interim reports distribution schedule for the current school year, click here.
Understanding New York State's Common Core Standards: A Toolkit for South Colonie Parents and Families
The Common Core Learning Standards are a set of clear guidelines showing what students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 should be able to do in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics. With these standards, students start by learning basic skills in early grades and build up to mastering more difficult skills and concepts—think of the process as moving up a “staircase of knowledge.”
APPR: Annual Professional Performance Review
APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review, and it is the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New York state. The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers.
Learning at Home the Foundation for Learning at School
A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. The Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State education reform initiatives known as the Common Core Standards and how the changes will help your child graduate from high school ready for college and careers. We encourage parents and families to use these tools in conjunction with resources and information you receive from your child’s school and teachers.
South Colonie Curriculum Information by Academic Department
Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program
South Colonie operates a state grant funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for 4-year-old students based on a lottery system. For more information, click here.
South Colonie Schools has a Curriculum Review Board in place made up of various district stakeholders including the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, K-12 teachers, a special education teacher, students, building administrators, a school board member, community residents, instructional supervisors, a guidance counselor and a library media specialist. The board has the following responsibilities:
Review curriculum areas and establish priorities for future study, change and implementation, including recommendations for curriculum projects
Use the Curriculum Review Cycle to establish priorities and long range district goals
Review and recommend inservice training and staff development opportunities.
Advise the Superintendent in writing of curriculum needs
Review the results of curriculum projects written the previous year
Students Face State Testing at all Grade Levels
The New York State Education Department mandates that all public school districts give state tests in English language arts, math and science to all students in grades 3-8. In addition, all fifth- and eighth-graders must take a state social studies test. High School students in New York State are required to pass five Regents exams in order to graduate - in English, Math, U.S. History & Government, Global History, and one science subject area. For more information on New York State testing for the present school year, click here.
New York State School Report Cards
The New York State Education Department releases School Report Cards on every public school and district in the state. Based on some key assessments taken by students in New York public schools, the report cards provide achievement data on districts and schools, as compared to their past years' performances and to other similar schools. Click here for the lastest school report card data.
New York State mandates that all public school districts offer Academic Intervention Services (AIS) to any student who is falling behind in meeting the state standards. Students are identified for AIS according to their performance on the state ELA, math, social studies and science exams in grades 3-8. South Colonie students who score in Performance Levels 1 and 2 are eligible to receive AIS in the designated subject area. Some students are referred to the district's Response To Intervention (RTI) program.
Special Programs and Services: Assisting All Children
The district understands that children do not develop or learn at the same rate and is committed to providing every child with a quality educational experience. The South Colonie Central School District provides individualized instruction, accommodation of alternative learning styles, appreciation for diversity and promotion of healthy lifestyles. With this in mind, the district has developed and will continue to develop specialized programs and services that assist and support children in meeting their highest potential. For more on South Colonie special programs, contact the Office of Pupil Services at (518) 869-6759.