Welcome to the Robert C. Parker School

Setting The Stage For A

Boundless Future

Welcome to the

Robert C. Parker School

Setting The Stage For A

Boundless Future

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Robert C. Parker School

Parker practices a progressive model of education. We begin with the student’s own experiences, and use active learning to promote deep thinking. We encourage students to experience, not just learn by rote memorization.

Why Parker?

We believe there’s no limit to how far a Parker education can take your child. We believe that successful learners are confident, caring and creative, capable of defining their own place in the world.

We are an independent school for boys and girls from toddlers to pre-school through 8th grade, 10 minutes from downtown Albany. Parker students cultivate critical thinking and purposeful action through a challenging learning process.

Inspiring Curiosity and a Passion for Learning

Attitudes and dispositions about learning are established when students are young. By giving students individual attention from caring adults, engaging hands-on projects, and time to play and connect with peers, our graduates leave Parker prepared for high school because they know themselves as learners.
Read about how Parker's program inspires innovation

Nurturing Confidence and Community​

Students who learn in the same school from preK to grade 8 have a strong sense of community. Parker students take on new leadership and responsibilities as they advance through the grades. They are well known and this fosters a sense of confidence and leadership in each one.
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Cultivating Purposeful Action

We believe that by giving students a chance to take action as they learn about the world, they will grow into adults who take responsibility for their communities. We know that our graduates will be among the most highly educated members of society, and their active participation will contribute to a better world.
Read about STEM projects that show our students in action!

ParkerMission

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.

Exploring Our 77-Acre Campus

 

Parker students explore and expansive 77-acres that includes forest trails, a tree-house classroom, butterfly garden, pond and meadows. Students are outdoors in all seasons and the campus is often the inspiration for our learning.

A Love of Learning

 

Attention to each child and focus on emerging interests is key to our play-based preschool. Students blossom in an environment that cultivates connections between students and prizes growing curiousity.

Educating for Innovation

 

All students in grades K-8 are taught science by a specialist science teacher. The brand-new 3,200-square-foot Parker Discovery Center contains a huge science lab with easy access to the outdoors.

Student Leadership

An eighth grader teaches lower school students about water quality during the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson trip. Parker connects students across the grades, so that as students get older we cultivate responsibility and leadership.

ParkerPrepares

Success in life is about more than just taking tests.

"The teachers and staff clearly value each child as an individual and also as a contributing member of the school community. They pour themselves into the work of educating our children academically and socially."

Parker Parent

"We wanted to try something other than public school. We were excited to see the energy of Parker when we visited."

Parker Parent

"It didn't take me many steps into the building to know that Parker was where we belonged, I was just disappointed we hadn't taken this step sooner."

Parker Parent

Portrait of a Parker Graduate

Parker Graduates...

  • Are confident in his or her independent thought and voice

  • Possess self-knowledge and self-direction as a learner

  • Are passionate about learning and committed to academic and intellectual integrity

  • Are flexible, critical thinkers

  • Communicate effectively and clearly

  • Works collaboratively

  • Demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility with respect, kindness, understanding, and engagement in a diverse world

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Parker Snapshots

Learn more about Parker through our newsletters and blog posts below...

Parker School Online Book Fair is LIVE!

By Parker | November 9, 2020

https://parkerschool.org/bookfair/toddler-primary.html Dear Families and Friends,Parker is having an online book fair! This year we are going local and partnering with The Open Door Book Store to bring the book fair online! Our partners at Open Door have curated a list of amazing, high quality, and popular books for us this year, and you can find them all, …

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A Day in the Life of the Parker Pond

By Parker | November 6, 2020

Traditions are unique to human culture and help bond us together. For younger children especially, traditions give them an important sense of belonging, not only to their family, but also to their village. This is an essential component of helping children to define what their community values and figure out what their own identity within …

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From the Head: The election and beyond

By Laura Graceffa | November 2, 2020

Dear Parker Community, Parker practices a progressive model of education. Each progressive school tends to invent itself, and yet all trace their roots to the thoughts of American educator and philosopher, John Dewey. One characteristic that progressive schools have in common, stemming from Dewey’s ideals, is that we seek to educate children so that they …

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