About Green Tech
Green Tech High Charter School prepares young men to complete high school with a Regents diploma so they will have the opportunity to attend college or choose an alternative, responsible career path as they enter adulthood. Green Tech High will succeed in this mission by providing a complete high school curriculum, backed by a philosophy and culture, that ensures every student will attain the skills and coursework necessary for a Regents diploma, including the use of computer technology, providing an understanding of how technology impacts our future and instills a knowledge of environmental factors including human impact and sustainability.
Green Tech High Charter School was founded on the belief that all students are capable of developing the skills, motivation and perseverance required to prepare them to complete college. Well-taught classes, combined with 1-on-1 attention and a positive culture, can allow all students to become college-ready.
Before Green Tech opened its doors on August 1, 2008, the students and parents who lived within the Albany City School District limits had only one public high school to choose from. In response to this situation, a group of community members wanted to create a high-quality educational opportunity for low-income students that were trapped in Albany’s low-performing public schools. Approximately one in five Albany city residents pay to send their children to non-public schools instead of Albany public schools – but for low-income families, this often isn’t an option. So, the idea for a new public high school – the Green Tech High Charter School — was conceived.
With the assistance of charter school experts and a great deal of education research, a nearly 500 page application detailing every aspect of the school was written and submitted to the State University of New York Board of Trustees. On July 31, 2006, the dream of Green Tech High became a reality when the application was approved to open the Green Tech High Charter School under founding principal John Taylor. The school took an extra year of planning time and opened in August 2008.
Staring with a ninth grade class in the fall of 2008, Green Tech subsequently added a new grade each year and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2012. Upon funding principal John Taylor’s retirement, Dr. Paul Miller was selected as the second principal of Green Tech in the summer of 2012. The 372 students who currently attend Green Tech come from the Greater Capital District Area (Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Troy) of New York to attend Green Tech, because Green Tech offers a safe, small, focused, and disciplined learning environment for young men to thrive.
Green Tech High relocated to a larger campus (the old Bishop Maginn High School) in July 2016 in order to accommodate growth in its enrollment and expand is curriculum to further its mission to provide its student body with the very best education. In fact, we remain both financially and academically sound and the Charter School Institute has given a unanimous five-year renewal certification through 2021. As a result, Green Tech High can guarantee its future and continue the great work we do for our young men.
Download GTH Local Assistance Plan here.