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Message from Administration

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Since the first day of school, safety has always been our leading priority. Having a small school environment in which students wear uniforms allows staff to easily recognize and greet students by name. In each of our buildings, there is only one designated main entrance, all other exterior doors are locked from the outside (but can be opened from the inside in the unlikely event of a fire or other emergency). We maintain an active camera surveillance system in both buildings, and each building has a designated security guard to monitor the building and grounds. We require all visitors to sign in and be escorted to and from destinations within the building.

On Tuesday, March 27, at approximately 8:15am, we became aware of a potentially dangerous situation at the high school building. The school immediately went into hold-in-place mode. Local police officers were notified, and they arrived within five minutes. They conducted a thorough investigation.

At around 9:30am the situation was resolved by the collective effort of the local law enforcement and school officials. Two students were charged with an Appearance Ticket, due to possession of a BB gun on the school premises. UAS students were safe at all time during this incident. As soon as the law enforcement officers left the building and the involved students were sent home, classes were resumed on the day’s regular schedule.

As communicated before, there are additional steps that we have already taken recently to strengthen the existing safety features at both buildings, as listed below:

  • UAS contacted local law enforcement officials (both Utica and Frankfort Police) to review our safety protocol.
  • UAS staff received Active Shooting Training with recent updates from UPD SWAT Team on March 26, 2018.
  • UAS strictly enforces visitor sign-in and ID-check procedures in both buildings.
  • UAS scheduled additional safety/lock-down drills in both buildings with the collaboration of Utica and Frankfort Police Departments.

We continue to enforce our safety protocols in both of our buildings and appreciate your continued partnership entrusting us with your children. Our dedication to families and school safety allows us to provide a positive, safe learning environment for all students and staff.

Utica Academy of Science Charter School

Important Message from Administration

Dear Parents, and Guardians of UAS,

We have been informed of rumors indicating a potential threat to UAS High School this morning. We have conducted a thorough investigation in coordination with the local law enforcement officers and assured that there is no merit in these rumors and our students and staff are safe.

We continue to enforce our safety protocols in both of our buildings and appreciate your continued partnership and entrusting us with your children.

Please don't hesitate to contact your building deans if you have any question.

Utica Academy of Science Charter School

College Fair 2018

Utica Academy of Science College Fair
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
8:00am - 11:45am
High School Gym

#UASCS #UASAtoms #collegefair #charterschools #charterchampions

5th UAS Annual Science Fair


Utica Academy of Science Charter School 5th annual science fair is on Saturday, March 17, 2018 between 9:30am and 2:00pm at our high school GYM located at 160 School Lane, Frankfort, NY.

The schedule is as follows.

  • Information session for Judges in the library: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Judging of the projects: 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.(Gymnasium)
  • Lunch for students: 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Cafeteria)
  • Public view: 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. (Gymnasium)
  • Award Ceremony: Starts at 1:00 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Opening Elementary School in 2018-2019


Dear Utica Academy of Science Parents:

I am pleased to announce that the New York State Board of Regents has approved our plan to expand the Utica Academy of Science Charter School to include grades K-5. We are grateful to the Board of Regents, as well as our own School Board members, parents, teachers and alumni who have supported this plan.

Parents have long emphasized the importance of having a choice in the public schools their children attend. Our school has been providing that choice in Utica since it opened in 2013. This past June, the first class of seniors in our existing grades 6-12 school became our first graduates. We are thrilled that all of our seniors graduated, and all were accepted to colleges.

With the approval of our plan, we are now preparing to add a grades K-5 school in Utica. We will start with kindergarten and first grade this fall, then add a grade each year thereafter until we become a full grades K-5 school in the 2022-23 academic year. We strongly believe that adding the elementary school will not only bring a viable public school choice to families with young children, but it also will enhance our existing middle and high schools in years to come.

As we have shown in our Syracuse Academy of Science Charter Schools, students who start school in our kindergarten and progress through the grades are the best prepared to begin the challenging middle and high school years. We expect those same results in our Utica school as it becomes a full grades K-12 school.

In his 2016 column “Schools That Work,” New York Times columnist David Leonhardt cited studies from researchers at Harvard, M.I.T., Columbia and elsewhere who have found that the best charter schools are “high expectation, high support” schools. Such schools offer a longer school day and year, set high expectations for students, and provide extra support and feedback to classroom teachers. Our schools do all of those things.

Our new K-5 school in Utica, like our elementary schools in Syracuse, will have two teachers in each 25-student classroom, in addition to a resource teacher, a literacy teacher, an art teacher and a music teacher. Although our schools have a strong focus on math and science, we believe that the arts are a key to opening up a child’s creativity and curiosity.

We understand that some people oppose the very idea of charter schools, believing they take away from traditional public schools. However, we would like to point out that our sole goal is to provide choices for Utica’s parents and opportunities for their children. Our expansion does both. Our record in Syracuse, as well as our success so far in Utica, is the best proof of that.

The Utica City School District has legitimate concerns about children who leave district schools to come to our school. But shouldn’t parents be able to decide what schools their children attend? Wealthy families have always had that choice, either sending their children to private schools or moving to a wealthy suburb. Shouldn’t our urban families have a choice, too?

It is important to note that charter schools such as ours operate on significantly less taxpayer money than traditional district schools. Charter schools receive no state money for building, renting or renovating schools, as other public schools do. And our Utica school gets less than two-thirds of the money, per pupil, than the district schools receive.

We look forward to offering our successful education model to families in Utica. And we look forward to cooperating in any way we can with the Utica City School District in the shared task of helping all of our city’s children succeed.


Tolga Hayali
SANY Charter Schools

School Closed

On January 5, 2018, due to inclement weather Utica Academy of Science is closed.

2 Hour Delay

On December 20, 2017, Utica Academy will operate on a two-hour delay.

2 Hour Delay

On December 12, 2017, Utica Academy will operate on a two-hour delay.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date: 10/6/2017
Time: 11:30am-4:30pm
Location: Utica Academy High School Library


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