A single success
There is one middle school in Albany that is showing success.
KIPP Tech Valley, located on Northern Boulevard adjacent to a district middle school that closed in 2009, serves Albany children, as well as a few from outside the city limits. The charter is part of a national chain with sister sites in cities like Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Since opening in 2005, the school has posted test scores at or above the state average, better than nearly all publicly funded middle schools in Albany.
Parents rely on the extended KIPP school day — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — that makes pick-ups and drop-offs more in-line with the average work day. By comparison, the public school day lasts from about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or seven hours.
That's where a charter school like KIPP has an advantage, public school officials say, with a 9.5 hour school day that has time for homework completion, extra tutoring and extracurriculars built into it.
The school boasts that in one year at KIPP, students gain an additional 600 hours of instructional time or about an additional 86 traditional school days.
Once a month, the middle school also holds "Saturday school" for field trips and special activities without taking away vital class time.
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