Robert C Parker School

  • Robert C. Parker School engages each student in a thoughtful and challenging learning process that inspires curiosity and a passion to achieve, nurtures confidence and community, and cultivates purposeful action. Core Values: emotional security, intellectual vibrancy, ethical awareness, and social responsibility.

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1991
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesWeekly rates depend on the specific camp program.
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students118 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Robert C Parker School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition Range: $7,150-$16,800 Pre K - 8th grade Financial Aid available K-8
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMatt Thornton


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Intramural Sports Only, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, VolleyballAlpine SkiingArchery,
Cross CountryDance,
GolfIndoor Soccer,
Intramural Sports OnlyNordic Skiing,
SwimmingTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Lego Robotics

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Private Music Lessons, Theater Arts

School Notes

  • Robert C. Parker School is an independent school for boys and girls in pre-school through 8th grade, 10 minutes from downtown Albany.  We believe that successful learners are confident, caring and creative, capable of defining their own place in the world.  Children eager to understand their world energize our classrooms at a time when their capacity for learning is arguably at its peak. They join together in our community of teachers, peers, mentors and families to discover and be discovered, to learn respect and earn respect, and to develop intellectual strategies that will carry them forth in a direction of their own choosing.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
With its small size and staff who truly care about the students, Parker students can't hide in the cracks or fall through the cracks. We were so grateful our child was here when COVID-19 hit. Parker immediately transitioned to online schooling and did it in the best way possible. Top reasons for recommending: 1. Easy transition for our child (from public school) 2. Accommodating, engaged teachers 3. Amazing, expansive campus and kids get outside regularly & frequently 4. Teachers & administration are incredibly hard-working and engaged 5. Learning is meaningful 6. Students are well-rounded, confident participants in their learning 7. The environment is safer and easier for children to take risks 8. Wonderful programs and activities that aren't offered at other schools 9. Spanish is part of the curriculum starting in Pre-K 10. Students are assessed and Progress Reports are extensive, but there's not a heavy focus on grades and taking tests like other schools 11. Children are prepared to enter a variety of environments (both large and small; public & private) for high school.
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From the small class sizes, individualized attention, and inspiring curriculum, Parker is a gem in the Capital District. My child has thrived in this environment of curiosity, exploration and kindness. Far from the stresses of filling in bubble sheets and sitting quietly in rows for the day, children at Parker are taught to embrace their natural curiosity and talents. They are encouraged to explore, create, and learn. Teachers, parents, and administrators all collaborate to effectively make this learning environment a positive one for every member of the community. My only wish is that it went through high school and didn't end at 8th grade!
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Grandparent actually. My grandchildren love the school, are challenged there, and the cooperative nature of the school is great. My granddaughter in 1st great is getting plenty of individual attention, and both of my granddaughters are thriving there.
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