Constructed in 1953 (with additions and upgrades added in 1955, 1959, 1965, 1997, and 2009), Guilderland High School provides a comprehensive program which is designed to prepare its 1,800+ students for success, whether it be to continue their post-secondary education or to enter the work force immediately. Approximately 95% of our graduating seniors go on to college. The high school follows an alternate day block scheduling format, consisting of four daily 85-minute periods. Teachers are committed to their disciplines, believe in their students and are dedicated to their students’ success.
In grades 9-12, there are more than 165 teachers (including special subject areas and 2 RNs) and three assistant principals. In addition, five department supervisors work with faculty in the areas of English & social studies, math & science, music, foreign language and art. The district is also served by a director of health, physical education and interscholastic athletics. There are 75 support personnel which include teacher aides, teaching assistants, monitors, cafeteria workers, custodians and office staff.
Other features of the high school program include:
- A broad array of more than 300 core courses and electives.
- Increasing numbers of GHS students earn college credit through participation in several advanced placement and Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) courses. Currently, the high school offers five SUPA and twelve AP courses.
- An emphasis on professional development and curriculum work as vital components of our educational program.
- A strong commitment to both the performing and fine arts.
- A wide range of educational co-curricular and interscholastic athletic programs.
The Guilderland High School community is dedicated to fostering an equal opportunity to attain academic excellence in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Guilderland students will recognize the importance of life-long learning and be prepared to take their places as responsible citizens of the world. To this end, the Guilderland High School community strives to empower students to:
- Accept the responsibility for their future learning.
- Possess a positive self-image that will enable them to be confident about their potential to contribute to society.
- Acquire appropriate skills to enable them to cope in a constantly changing world emphasizing decision making, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Recognize the importance of global awareness and each individual’s role in the preservation of the environment and international coexistence.
“Oh Guilderland, dear Guilderland Beneath the stately Helderbergs. We’re here to sing our praise of thee And ever loyal we shall be. We raise our voice in song and know, That our victorious school shall grow, In spirit strong and o’er the rest, Our Alma Mater is the best.”
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We believe that class attendance and participation are vital to successful learning. Class cutting of any part of the school day will result in disciplinary consequences. (See Class Cutting) The legal school day is from 10:10 a.m.-4:20 p.m.
2021-22 School Year Bell schedule
- 8:15 a.m. – Five-minute warning for Block 1
- 8:18 a.m. – Two-minute warning for Block 1
- Block 1: 8:20 – 9:42
- Homeroom: 9:50 – 10:00
- Block 2: 10:00 11:22
- Block 3: 11:30** – 1:27**
- Lunch Mod #1: 11:30 – 12:05*
- Lunch Mod #2: 11:57 – 12:32*
- Lunch Mod #3: 12:25 – 1:00*
- Lunch Mod #4: 12:52 – 1:27*
** This includes student travel/return time
- Block 4: 1:35 – 2:57
- Activity Period: 2:57 – 3:40
Regular School Day Ends: 2:57
Regular Bus Run Departs: 3:05
Late Bus Run Departs: 3:45 (Mon, Tues & Wed ONLY)
**Bells will be rung to signal ONLY the beginning and end of Block #3.
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