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Early Childhood

Quality day care and preschools are readily available to help the youngest students develop a love for learning. For information, contact the New York Child Care Licensing and Information at 518.402.3038 or visit

Elementary and High Schools

Education in the area is strengthened by a public library system and communities committed to supporting quality, affordable education for their young people. Adult vocational education is available through QUESTAR from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Many area high schools also offer continuing education for adults. There are a number of private technical and trade schools in our area. Troy is also home to The Emma Willard School, a distinguished and internationally known private secondary school with an impressive roster of women graduates.

Troy area school districts have the advantage of close connections with three higher education institutions: Hudson Valley Community College; Russell Sage College and The Sage Colleges Schools of Education and Health Sciences; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The New York State Theatre Institute and Academy for Character Education reside on the Sage campus. Each of the colleges has multiple connections with the city's elementary, middle and secondary schools, from electronic classroom links to opportunities for high school students to enroll in college courses. In the Tech Valley environment of the Capital Region, many of the college-school partnerships focus on enhancing student preparation and interest in math, science and technology fields.


Colleges and Universities

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located in Troy, is recognized as one of the leading scientific and technological institutes in the world, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. Students can begin their college career at Hudson Valley Community College, a highly regarded, two-year community college featuring strong programs in technology, arts and business. The Sage Colleges, with campuses in Troy and Albany, stress liberal arts and business education and offer undergraduate and graduate level degrees. The State University at Albany offers nine schools and colleges on three campuses with undergraduate, graduate and masters programs. The university also operates a business incubator program at its East Campus.

The Capital Region is home to many other recognized colleges including Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Albany College of Pharmacy, Excelsior College, Siena College in Loudonville, Skidmore College in Saratoga, State University of New York at Albany and Union College in Schenectady.

Albany College of Pharmacy
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 445-7221

Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 445-2311

Albany Medical College
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 262-3125

Bryant and Stratton College
1259 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 437-1802

Empire State College
1 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 587-2100

Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 464-8500
Hudson Valley Community College
 80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 629-4822

Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 438-3111

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 267-6000
The Sage Colleges
45 Ferry Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2000

The College of St. Rose
432 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 454-5111

Schenectady County Community College
78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 381-1200

Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 783-2300

Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 580-5000

Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6593

University at Albany (SUNY)
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-3300

Photo by Tamara Hanset, courtesy of The Sage Colleges


ยป The Rensselaer Gateway communities are home to outstanding institutions of higher education and a strong network of public, private and parochial elementary and secondary schools. These schools offer educational programs to fit the needs of every student in an array of disciplines, including business, the arts and education.