Robert C. Parker School

Robert C. Parker School is an independent school for boys and girls in pre-school through 8th grade, on a 77 acre campus just 10 minutes from downtown Albany. We believe that successful learners are confident, caring and creative, capable of defining their own place in the world.

Our mission is to engage 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. At Parker, close relationships among students and teachers cut across traditional age and grade boundaries. The culture fosters openness, empathy, mentoring, mutual respect and the confidence to embrace diversity.

Parker enjoys a progressive approach to education and the premise that children are eager to understand the world. We recognize that the joy of personal accomplishment is more motivating than a test score.  The curriculum is designed around thematic learning that blends basic skills with high motivation and allows a student’s natural curiosity and problem-solving abilities to emerge – and blossom.

From robotics, rockets, solar power, fuel cells, STEM week, bee-keeping and in our soon to be built Discovery Center, Parker students get the type of hands on and purposeful education that is needed for their future success.

Our classroom experiences extend beyond the 23,000 square foot architect-designed building to our “Outdoor Classroom” of meadows, streams, woods, themed demonstration gardens, a science pond and 5K trail system, low ropes course, Pavilion and Tree house, stretching opportunities for imagination and action. Learning outdoors on what we call Planet Parker builds a love for science and adventure, as well as contemplation and a sense of caring for the natural world.

All Parker students take advanced course work and experience thesis writing, public speaking and advocacy. They graduate to excel in both public and independent high schools, and in college, having gained the skills, confidence and motivation needed to succeed throughout their lives.

At the pond

At the pond