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K-12 Initiatives

At SUNY Schenectady County Community College, we understand that a student’s educational journey starts at an early age. Capturing a student’s interest in lifelong learning is important for their success in K-12 programs and in College. That’s why SUNY Schenectady offers several K-12 initiatives through partnerships with our local school districts – supporting the educational journey from the first day of kindergarten to the day our students cross the stage and accept their college diploma.


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College in the High School

Earn College Credits while still in high school. SUNY Schenectady has partnered with more than 20 area schools to offer college credit courses right in your high school. When you complete one of these courses, you will gain both high school and college credits. Start your college career early and enroll now.

Schenectady Smart Transfer Early College High School

Schenectady Smart Transfer Early College High School is a grant-funded program which allows high school students the opportunity to pursue and obtain Associate’s Degrees, while earning their High School Diplomas. Students then automatically transfer to a four-year institution to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. Funded by the New York State Education Department, Smart Transfer is a partnership among SUNY Schenectady, the University at Albany, SUNY Delhi, and Schenectady High School (SHS). Admitted students undergo a multi-stage application process, which occurs in eighth grade, and they participate in a rigorous six-week summer program at SUNY Schenectady. Smart Transfer is modeled after existing Early College High Schools in the country, but is new for the Schenectady community and also the Capital Region. Currently the program has two cohorts of students who will graduate from both SUNY Schenectady and Schenectady High School in 2021 and 2022. Every year a cohort of approximately 32 students are admitted to the program. Smart Transfer students will spend their first two years of high school full-time at SHS and their junior and senior years primarily at SUNY Schenectady.

Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School

Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School is a partnership among the State University of New York (SUNY), SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady), and Schenectady High School (SHS) with the intent to establish a collaborative learning and teaching environment for incoming ninth graders. All partners are committed to facilitating positive, transformational changes which provide for a more successful and wide-reaching program for a target student population which is traditionally underrepresented in college.

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Liberty Partnerships Program

SUNY Schenectady’s Liberty Partnerships Program (SCCC-LPP) is a drop-out prevention program for at-risk students in grades six-12 who attend Schenectady City schools. Funded by the New York State Department of Education, supports are designed to improve students’ ability to graduate from high school and enter post-secondary education or the workforce.