The only all-boys tuition-free
elementary school serving the
Capital Region.

A Principal's Welcome

Dear Families, Supporters, and Community,

PrincipalWelcome to the 2013-2014 school year! As a school, we know and understand that there are many choices available to you and therefore feel honoured when you select us as your choice to provide your scholar with an exceptional education. The work that we do is very challenging, but we are motivated by our mission to ensure that our scholars have the same opportunities for future success as scholars attending the best public schools in the region. Our scholars and educators have proven why our school is a necessity for young men in Albany. Both 3rd and 4th grade have posted some of the highest pass rates among public schools for ELA and Math in the city and state. We understand that our success is not measured by just our actions, but rather by the impact that our actions have on our scholars. The greatest impact for us is that the achievement gap that exists between our scholars and scholars attending the best public schools is abolished, hence allowing and expecting our scholars to attend and graduate from college. The message at Brighter Choice is that ALL scholars are preparing themselves for the demands of college. The goal is for our scholars to view college as the natural course of their educational trajectory.

While we are proud of our successes, we are always striving for better. We want to honor the decision that our families have made and provide an exemplary education that ensures competency and mastery in reading, writing, and mathematics. This year we will be focusing on increasing the rigor in instruction through discourse and questioning, while developing our assessments and instruction in literacy, math, and writing in all grades. Our parent surveys revealed that many of our families are pleased with the work that we do, so our goal this year is to continue to improve communication between school and families. None of the work that we do can be accomplished without your support therefore, as partners, we share the responsibility for our scholars’ success. We ask that you guide and support your scholar’s learning by ensuring that he:

  • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
  • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Informs you and his teachers if he needs additional support in any area or subject
  • Knows that you expect him to succeed in school and go on to college
As a 3rd grade teacher here at Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys, I always took pride in the work that I did with my scholars and celebrated the impact that it had with them as well. Now as the newly implemented principal, I am going to transfer the same work ethic into this role through professional development, observation and feedback with teacher, developing and maintaining our school’s culture, and assessment programs. Please provide any feedback that would help us to grow and develop as a school. I consider it an absolute privilege to serve you and the scholars that you have entrusted to us. As Mr. Williams would say, “Onwards,” to a year of much success and progress!

Karen Mclean

Contact Us

116 North Lake Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Ph: (518) 694-8200
Fax: (518) 694-8201

Giving Back Campaign

Brighter Choice for Boys is committed to raising funds each year to benefit the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center in memory of Abdulaziz Fadul and Qazir Sutherland. This year Brighter Choice participated in the Students Care for Kids hearts campaign. Please stay tuned for information on our 2015 campaign. The generosity of our staff, families and community is greatly appreciated.

Why Brighter Choice?

Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys is the only single-gender tuition-free school placing scholars on the road to college. Please contact our Parent Coordinator at 694-5372 to schedule a tour and to learn more about the opportunities being offered for scholars entering grades K-4. Brighter Choice accommodates students with disabilities, English language learners and participates in the free and reduced meals program.