Snowy Range Academy
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Welcome to Snowy Range Academy

Academic Excellence, Character Education, and Fairness for All

Snowy Range Academy (SRA) is a tuition-free kindergarten through 8th grade public charter school in Albany County School District #1. Our Core Knowledge charter school emphasizes academics, phonics-based Spalding Language Arts Instruction, accelerated Saxon Math, character education, and one of the most important, parental involvement.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We are happy to provide you with information about our school and the excellent programs and services we offer our students. Go, Falcons!

A Message from Our Principal

Dear SRA Community,

The second semester of the 2019–20 school year is off to a “ducky” start. Yes, ducky. I will explain more about this later as I know many parents have questions. Our return from winter break was splendid and it was wonderful to see the students’ happy faces upon their return. Our second semester is now in full swing. We have a full calendar of events, so please be sure to regularly review the school calendar and grade-level newsletters. 

On to the ducks. The last week of school in December, I walked into my office to find it full of ducks. My estimation was about 275 ducks in all. On my chair, I found a clue to the origins of the ducks and a challenge. The challenge: personally deliver a duck to every member of the SRA community, students, and staff before spring break. At this point I estimate I am about halfway there, so I think I will make it. Without doubt, this has been the most personally-rewarding experience of my educational career and a brilliant way to ensure we have a strong community here at SRA. So, when you see a duck come home, you now understand the origins. Please visit with your student or spouse to learn more about our conversations. 

The SRA’s Parent Teacher Association has been very beneficial for our school community, and I would like to thank all those involved for their generous support and the time they have donated. SRA is a parent-founded and parent-driven school and we very much need and appreciate your involvement. PTA serves a vital role in our school as our unique structure requires that we have support for our endeavors. Please support our PTA by joining, attending meetings, and donating your time for the events they sponsor. 

In closing, I would like to thank all SRA staff, students, and community members for all the acts of kindness, generosity, and true concern for the human conditions. I see these traits daily in our community and it warms my heart a great deal. These characteristics make Snowy Range Academy a very special place to be every day. Have a wonderful month! 


John R. Cowper

John R. Cowper
SRA Principal