Welcome to the Robert C. Parker School

Setting The Stage For A

Boundless Future

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...

Preparing in the Right Way

By Parker | June 9, 2020

One hallmark of a Parker education is that our students are prepared. We were reminded of that during a recent visit from a 2019 alumni, who stopped by to relate that his first days of ninth grade were going well. He laughed, recalling how his new school had told the ninth graders that they would …

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Oh the Places You’ll Go!

By Parker | June 9, 2020

Parker teachers are always searching for ways to enrich our program here at Parker by creating opportunities that excite students about learning. Eight years ago, with that in mind, we developed an exchange program with St. Peter’s School in Barcelona, Spain. Parker hosts our international friends every other year for a week of progressive education …

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All the World’s a Stage

By Matt Thornton | June 9, 2020

Truly progressive education recognizes the value in allowing students the time and resources to pursue their passions. Meaningful learning happens when children are given the opportunity to self-select their own pursuits. This is the learning that children remember. They are invested in the outcome because they care about the premise. Today, we saw a beautiful example …

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