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District Profile

Photo of studentsGlens Falls City Schools provide K-12 public education for approximately 2,000 students living in the City of Glens Falls and part of the Town of Queensbury within the Adirondack region of upstate New York. Our small-city district covers approximately four square miles, and students walk to and from one of three neighborhood elementary schools, or the middle and high school, which are situated next-door to each other on Quade Street.

Big Cross Street, Jackson Heights and Kensington Road elementary schools serve students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Glens Falls Middle School educates students in grades 5-8, and students in grades 9-12 attend Glens Falls High School. Students from our neighboring district, Abraham Wing (Glens Falls Common School District), tuition into GFSD beginning in seventh grade, and graduate with a Glens Falls diploma. The district has a half-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for 4-year olds that is filled by lottery each spring.

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In 2012, 2016, and again in 2017, Glens Falls High School earned a Silver Medal in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of best high schools in the country—placing the top 18% of high schools in New York State and the top 7% nationally. In 2014, the high school was ranked  #21 among 85 area school districts in The Business Review’s annual Schools Report for 2014 - up four spots from 2013. A school district’s overall score is a weighted tabulation that takes into account student test score results and graduation rates.

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Glens Falls Middle School has been designated an Essential Elements School to Watch three times over. This highly selective recognition honors academic excellence, organizational structure and commitment to enhancing the school’s program and practices. Only 18 schools in New York State won in 2012.

hours of session

Pre-Kindergarten Hours
A.M. Session 9:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
P.M. Session 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

Elementary Schools
Grades K—4
8:20 a.m.—2:45 p.m.

Middle School
Grades 5—8
8:28 a.m.—3:03 p.m.

High School
Grades 9—12
8:26 a.m.—3:03 p.m.

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GLENS FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Glens Falls City School District is to provide a safe, positive and stimulating environment — one that fosters self growth, a passion for continuous learning, confidence and the ability to succeed in a changing world.

We promote excellence through high expectations and evolving standards for students, staff, parents and community. The challenge is to reach one’s personal best while respecting each person’s individuality.

We make it our responsibility to be accountable for the implementation of this mission and to model behaviors that are influential to the character as well as the mind.

 

About our schools

Contact information for all five of the district's schools can be found on the contact us page.

Glens Falls' district report card data from New York State can be found HERE.

For information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in Glens Falls City Schools, please see the Data Privacy and Security page.

 

Required Parental Notifications

Asbestos Management Plan

In accordance with the EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, the Glens Falls City School District has in place an asbestos management plan to identify and manage asbestos building materials. The Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) for the district is kept on file at the district office at 15 Quade Street, Glens Falls. These records are available for review during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or by making an appointment. For more information, contact the district office at 792-1212. Information about required inspections and any scheduled asbestos projects occurring this school year is contained within the AMP.

BMI Reporting to New York State

As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI.’ The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination.

A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. If Glens Falls City School District is selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.

The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please contact your school nurse.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy

New York State Education Law requires the district to provide written notification to all persons in parental relation, faculty and staff regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. The district is required to maintain a list of persons in parental relation, faculty and staff who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications. The following pesticide applications are not subject to prior notification requirements:
❑ A school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72 hours following an application;
❑ Anti-microbial products;
❑ Nonvolatile rodenticides or insecticidal baits in tamper resistant bait stations, silica gels and other nonvolatile ready-to-use pastes, foams or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
❑ Boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate;
❑ The application of EPA designated biopesticides or exempt materials under 40CFR152.25;
❑ The use of aerosol products with a directed spray in containers of 18 fluid ounces or less when used to protect individuals from an imminent threat from stinging and biting insects including venomous spiders, bees, wasps and hornets.

In the event of an emergency application necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good-faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on the 48-hour prior notification list. If you would like to receive 48-hour prior notification of pesticide applications that are scheduled to occur in your school, please contact Gene Figler, Director of Facilities & Transportation, at 31 Glenwood Avenue, or by phone at 792-2706.

Child Find Program

The district has an obligation to offer a free and appropriate public educa¬tion to students with disabilities who are residents of the district. With parental con¬sent, district staff evaluates students who may require specialized instruction and/or other accommodations to access and benefit from the educational services and programs our schools offer. If you believe your child has a disability that requires specialized instruction or accommoda¬tions, you are encouraged to contact your child’s building principal or the Office of Special Education at 793-7395 to discuss whether a referral to the Committee on Special Education or the 504 Team is appropriate.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Glens Falls City School District offers employment and educational opportunities, including vocational education opportunities, without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or disability. Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the district office. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to the district’s Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator at the District Office, 15 Quade Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801; (518) 792-1212.

Section 504 Grievance Procedure

The Glens Falls City School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access to services, treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any complaints of discrimination in violation of federal law should be addressed through the following grievance procedure:

STEP 1: Informal Discussion with Coordinator
Complainants are encouraged to try to resolve problems promptly through informal dispute resolution. The complainant should meet with the building Principal to discuss his/her complaint. The Principal will investigate, documenting all steps (including dates and nature of meetings, disposition and dates of disposition), and will reply in writing to the complainant within five working days of the initial meeting.

STEP 2: Written Complaint
If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through Step 1, the complainant may file a written grievance with Section 504 coordinator within 10 working days of disposition at Step 1.
The written complaint must include: a clear statement of the alleged violation; the remedy sought by the complainant; and the complainant’s signature and the date.
The district’s Section 504 coordinator will conduct a full investigation of the grievance and will prepare a written report of the investigation that will include:
• A clear statement of allegations of the grievant and remedy sought.
• A statement of the facts as contended by each party.
• A statement of the facts as found by the coordinator and evidence to support each fact.
• A narrative describing attempts to resolve the grievance.
• The coordinator’s conclusions on whether the grievance is valid.
If the coordinator believes the grievance is valid, the coordinator will recommend appropriate action to the Superintendent of schools.
The report will be filed with the Superintendent within 15 days of receipt of the written grievance. A copy of the report will be provided to the complainant.
If the Superintendent agrees with the recommendations of the coordinator, the recommendations will be implemented.

STEP 3: Appeal to School Board
If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through Step 2, the complainant may file a written appeal to the Board of Education. The appeal, which must be filed within 10 days of the Superintendent’s decision, must include copies of the disposition at Step 1, if applicable, the written complaint, the coordinator’s report and the Superintendent’s decision at Step 2.
The appeal will be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting as long as the appeal is filed at least five working days before the meeting. Within 10 working days of considering the appeal, the board will issue a written decision through the Superintendent’s Office.

OCR Complaint
At any stage of this grievance procedure, the complainant has the right to file formal complaints with the District Section 504 coordinator: Paul Jenkins, Superintendent, Glens Falls City Schools, 15 Quade Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Staff Qualifications

Pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, parents may request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers including whether the teacher has State certification for the classes being taught; the teacher’s bachelor’s degree major and any other certifications or degrees by field or discipline; and whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Requests for the above information may be directed in writing to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Trent Clay, 15 Quade Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 or 792-0107.

Annual Professional Performance Review

Under education law, parents and guardians of students may request the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each teacher and the principal of the school to which their child is assigned for the current school year. Read the process to request APPR ratings and scores HERE.