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College Fair 2018

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

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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)

Step by Step Online Student Application


Sunday, April 1, 2018
The Science Academies of New York Charter Schools application closes on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 12:00 midnight. We'll continue accepting applications after April 1. Please contact our schools directly for more information.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Lottery drawing for Utica Academy of Science Charter School (UASCS) is on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 starting at 1pm in Utica Academy of Science High School at 160 School Lane, Frankfort, NY 13340.

SCHOOLMINT: Online Student Application Platform

SchoolMint is the new student application platform for our district Science Academies of New York | SANY.

Click here SANY.SCHOOLMINT.NET to fill out an application.

Follow these steps to successfully submit an application:



2- Click on CREATE AN ACCOUNT button to create your account. Fill out the following fields.


3- After logging into your account. Click on LET'S GET STARTED! button to submit an application in 3 steps.


4- Add Parent/Guardian Information. After adding a parent/guardian, you can add another parent/guardian or you can go to the next step to add student information.


5- Add student information. After adding the first student, parent/guardian can add more students.


6- Select the school year you would like to apply to. Click on the student's name. Choose the selected student's current grade and grade applying to.

7- Choose the school you'd like to apply. Keep in mind that there is location preference for charter schools.
For example: If you live in Syracuse and apply for Utica school, then your application will be considered as an out of district application or vice versa. If you live in Syracuse and apply for both SAS and SAS Citizenship, both applications will be considered as in-district applications.


8- Fill out the application form. Don't forget to sign the form by using your mouse or finger to draw your signature.


9- Confirm all information on the application.


10- System will ask you to confirm again, then click on Submit.


11- If you have followed all these steps, you have now completed the student application. You'll see the application on your Student Dashboard. You'll receive a notification based the preference you choose during application process.

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

Summer Science Enrichment Program

UASCS would like to provide opportunities for high achieving students in STEM field with summer enrichment activities.

UAS is a STEM college prep focus school. We would like to provide opportunities for high achieving students in STEM field with summer enrichment activities.

Based on your academic performance during the 2016-17 academic year, we would like to invite you to the Science Enrichment Program which will be held at the Middle School 1214 Lincoln Ave. location from August 1 to 4, 2017

The program includes but is not limited to;

  • FLL Robotics
  • Hands on activities in Science

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