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About Smart Transfer

The Schenectady Smart Transfer
Early College High School Program

Schenectady Smart Transfer Early College High School is a grant-funded program which allows high school students to pursue and obtain associate’s degrees while earning their high school diplomas. Students then automatically transfer to a 4-year institution to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Funded by New York State Education Department, Smart Transfer is a partnership between SUNY Schenectady, University at Albany, SUNY Delhi and Schenectady High School. Students apply and are accepted in 8th grade, undergoing a multi-stage application process and then participating in a rigorous 6-week summer program at SUNY Schenectady. Smart Transfer is modeled after existing Early College High Schools in the country, but is new for the Schenectady community and in the Capital Region. Two cohorts of students were accepted in Spring, 2018, and will graduate from both SUNY Schenectady and Schenectady High School in 2021 and 2022. Every year a cohort of 32 students are admitted to the program. Smart Transfer students will spend their first two years of high school full-time at SHS and their junior and senior years primarily at SUNY Schenectady.

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