Schenectady High School

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Schenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, New York 12308
Coordinates42°48′50″N 73°54′36″W / 42.814°N 73.910°W / 42.814; -73.910Coordinates: 42°48′50″N 73°54′36″W / 42.814°N 73.910°W / 42.814; -73.910
TypeUrban public high school
School districtSchenectady City Schools
PrincipalChristopher Chank[1]
Staff195.04 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment2,710 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio13.89[2]
Color(s)Blue, white, and red
Nicknames"Schenectady High", SHS, "Home of the Patriots"
WebsiteOfficial site

Schenectady High School is a high school located at 1445 The Plaza in Schenectady, New York, USA. It was founded in 1992 through the merger of Linton High School and Mont Pleasant High School. It is the only high school in the Schenectady City School District.

Among the programs at SHS are the International Baccalaureate Program and the CISCO program. Schenectady High has a number of schools, including the Fine Art House, the Math, Science and Technology House, the GE Scholars School of Humanities and Culture, and the Global Commerce House.

The mission statement of the school is "today a learner, tomorrow a leader."

John Sayles School of Fine Arts[edit]

The John Sayles School of Fine Arts (JSSFA) is a smaller learning community of approximately 650 students at Schenectady High School. Carrying the name of one of Schenectady's famous district graduates internationally known filmmaker, John Sayles. The school provides an integrated Regents high school curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus in visual art, music, theatre, and dance. Schenectady High School, with an enrollment of approximately 2,900 students, is divided into five communities, including the Sayles School. The Sayles School of Fine Arts provides unique arts opportunities in the region. The John Sayles School of Fine Arts was recently awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education and its students performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

Students in the Sayles School have the chance to study visual art, music, dance, media arts, and theatre. Consistent and sequential coursework provides students at all ability levels opportunities to explore the arts. Coursework is taught during the school day and includes classes in Acting, Tap, Jazz Dance, Drawing, Piano, Film making, Concert Choir, Serenaders, Women's Choir, Chamber Choir, and International Baccalaureate Music and Art, to name a few. All subjects and grade levels integrate the arts. There are four grade level teams including teachers in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Foreign Language.

The Sayles School of Fine Arts is housed in a 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) wing at Schenectady High School, built as an addition in 2001. The facilities include a Black Box Theater, Dance Studio, Video Production Studio, Media Arts Lab, Piano Lab, Music Studios, Art Studios, and Gallery. The JSSFA is home to the Blue Roses Theatre Company; the district television station, Schenectady City Schools TV (SCS-TV); and the Henry and Miriam Butzel Gallery.

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "Main Office Phone Contact Information". Schenectady High School /. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "SCHENECTADY HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  3. ^ Amedio, Steve (August 30, 2014). "On The Record: Schenectady honors one of its own". The Record. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Weiner, Bob (June 29, 2009). "Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame: Ex-Linton star Kramer No. 1 player over last 50 years". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Cermak, Mary (February 8, 2013). "1961 flashback: Pat Riley's Schenectady squad beats Power Memorial and freshman Lew Alcindor in a high school classic". Times Union. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Amedio, Steve (March 14, 2003). "Capital Region will be well represented in NCAA tournaments". The Daily Gazette. Google News. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  7. ^ Miller, Mike (October 1, 2010). "Former Towson star returns to Baltimore with Detroit". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 30". West Virginia House of Delegates. March 29, 2013.

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