Our Extraordinary Story

Albany Community Charter School (ACCS) was established by the Brighter Choice Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving educational options for urban families in the Albany area. ACCS is one of several public charter schools established in Albany by the Brighter Choice Foundation, based on some of the top urban schools in the country. Our school was modeled after the highly successful Community Day Public Charter School in Lawrence, Massachusetts – one of the highest performing charter schools in the state.

Under leadership of its founding Principal S. Neal Currie, Jr., Albany Community Charter School opened its doors in September 2006, serving 100 students in kindergarten and 1st grade. Each year, ACCS added a grade until it eventually reached full capacity in 2015 with the 8th grade. In 2008-2009, ACCS established itself as one of the top performing schools in the Capital Region and New York State. Four years later, in 2012, it opened a middle school campus on Dove Street. That same year, Albany Community Charter School was greatly honored to be designated a National Blue Ribbon School for educational excellence by the United States Department of Education.

Today, the two Albany Community Charter School campuses serve 685 students. The goal of all faculty, administrators, parents and partners is to see all students reach their full academic potential, have options for college or service, and most importantly learn and share the values we believe are central to success, self-fulfillment, and community leadership.