NYSAIS (New York Association of Independent Schools)
Boys and girls in Preschool to grade 8. 5:1 student:teacher ratio.
80% of teachers hold advanced degrees.
Robert C. Parker School leads the way in educational innovation, vibrant academics, scholarly standards, and a learning environment that better prepares students for the challenges of a changing world. With a distinctive campus, innovative programs, use of the outdoors for learning, and a supportive community, Parker is a school in which students achieve at the highest levels.
Pre K students learn through themes and work with specialists in Spanish, music and physical education.
Beginning in K-1, students learn basic skills through an integrated curriculum in math and language arts and explore themed units in social studies and world cultures through daily instruction. They work twice weekly with specialists in science, Spanish, music, art, and physical education. In 2-3 they add health class. In 4-5, Spanish extends to three days per week.
All middle school students study a core curriculum of language arts, math, science, social studies and Spanish. Connections are made across subject areas and through the arts and in an annual STEM week and field trips. All eighth grade students take Regents level Math and Earth Science. All students take music, art, physical education and health.
23,000 square foot architect-designed building on 77 acres of meadows, woods and streams. Outdoor pavilion classroom, tree house classroom, and greenhouse. 5K trail system. Raised garden beds. Site of the Rensselaer County Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
John C. Parker Library
Dedicated in 2000, our sunny 20,000 volume library with adjacent tech lab is the heart of the school. It houses bound collections of the 8th grade thesis papers dating back to 2000.
Parker received a 2-kW solar photovoltaic array with a web-based curriculum through the Schools Powered… Naturally Program in 2004. In 2011 Parker received EPA Energy Star designation for energy efficiency.
Where do students come from?
Students hail from four counties and 15 school districts.
Busing is available for students whose home school district is within 15 miles of Parker. Current districts busing to Parker: Averill Park, Bethlehem, Brittonkill, East Greenbush, Ichabod Crane, Guilderland, Lansingburg, North Colonie, Ravena-Coeymans, Schodack, South Colonie, Troy, Wynantskill. Note: Districts that do not bus students within their district, will not bus to Parker.
Families also arrange carpools from Albany, and the Chatham and Cambridge areas.
Where do students go after Parker?
Each year about half of our graduating eighth graders go to their local public high school and half to area independent schools and boarding schools. Because Parker students take advanced courses they are placed into advanced levels in high school. Click here for a list of schools that Parker students attend.