Niskayuna High School
Schenectady, New York
This is an accelerated, public school located near Albany, the Silicon Tech Valley of the East Coast. It offers 49 courses at the Honors level and 20 at the Advanced Placement Level. Historically, over 90% of the Niskayuna’s students who take AP exams score a “3” or higher. In addition, Niskayuna High School offers college credit courses in the following fields: English, Social Studies, World Languages, Business Education, Family, and Consumer Sciences, and Engineering Technology.
Niskayuna High School has been recognized as one of the top schools in the region and the nation, including recently being ranked No. 26 on Newsweek magazine’s listing of “America’s Top High Schools.” Students can choose from dozens of honors-level, Advanced Placement (AP) and college-level courses. Partnerships with select colleges and universities, such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University and the University at Albany, allow Niskayuna students—including international students—to earn college credits while still in high school. 94 percent of Niskayuna graduates go on to colleges or universities after high school graduation, including such prestigious institutions as Harvard University, Yale University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Boston College, Princeton University and Georgetown University.
Niskayuna Central School District invites English language-proficient international students (including current exchange students) who are between 15 and 18 years of age to apply for participation in the International Scholars Program. Participants will learn about American life and culture first-hand by residing in the local community with host families and attending Niskayuna High School. Its global student body has included students from Turkey, France, Germany, Japan, China, Russia, and many other countries. Each international scholar gets to participate in school traditions such as homecoming, prom and high school graduation. Students also are encouraged to participate in athletic teams and/or the music program, as well as the vast array of clubs Niskayuna High School offers.
School Type: Public
School Size: 1,376
Class Size: 30
Grades Accepted: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Type of Students Accepted: Year, Students Intending to Graduate
Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Crew, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Multimedia Production, Nature and Outdoors, Newspaper, Robotics, Sports, Theater/Drama, Volunteer Work, Other Clubs: Animal Welfare Club, Anime Club, Aviation Club, Broadcasting Club, Chemical Demonstration, Chess Club, Computer Science, Culinary Club, Debate, Drama, Environmental Studies, Film, French, Game, German, Horticulture, Key Club, Latin, Math, Model UN