Coxsackie-Athens High School

There is no question that Coxsackie-Athens High School is quickly becoming a leader in our region when it comes to building a high school experience that breaks with outdated practice and brings to the forefront relevant opportunities that will truly prepare our graduates to be ready for today’s world. 

This year, our students will have access to over 40 college-credit bearing courses, allowing for the completion of many, if not all, of the SUNY General Education requirements prior to high school graduation (at 1/3 the price).  Struggling learners have flexible access to Rti "extra help" labs taught by a content-certified teacher. Our Distance Learning Program, now running in three rooms all day, has expanded career pathways electives, giving our students access to over 20 new electives, including sequences in American Sign Language and Mandarin Chinese.  Internally, the talented faculty at C-A has created even more new electives.  

We open this year as a fully 1-to-1 iPad high school, soon-to-be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and currently 8th in the nation for the effective use of technology within instructional program for schools our size.  A student-run Tech Help Team will now provide support for this platform. Our transition to the Common Core in Mathematics is facilitated by the continuation of extended instructional time for all students in our Regents sequence courses.   While only in our second year as an official Project Lead the Way school, our new Robotics program is already winning competitions throughout the region, as are many of our amazing athletic teams.

Our faculty and staff have set high performance targets for the upcoming year and will now work in both departmental and, for the first time ever, grade-level teams.  Teams will meet and collaborate each day, prior to the arrival of students, in order to focus on developing and implementing high-quality, interdisciplinary, and student-centered instruction, as well as to provide common interventions for students who are at-risk.
Our success over the past few years, as well as in the years to come, is a result of the collective work of everyone in our school community.  We encourage you to become involved in any way that you can.   If there is anything that you or your child needs, please never hesitate to reach out. We look forward to another successful year working with you. 
Heath C. Quiles (formerly Hanley)
Coxsackie-Athens High School


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  • 4th Quarter Report Cards

    Fourth quarter report cards have been published to eSchool and are now available. If you have any questions regarding your child's progress, please contact his or her teachers directly, or reach out to the Counseling Center at 731-1810.

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  • 10 Tips for the College Application Process

    Join retired journalist and editor Jo Prout of College Proofer for a free workshop on “10 Tips for the College Application Process” to be held on Tuesday, July 11th at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:00 pm at the Heermance Memorial Library at 1 Ely Street in Coxsackie. This workshop includes information on pre-college programs for 9th, 10th and 11th grade; college affordability; competitive college applications; as well as writing scholarship-worthy essays. You can sign-up at the library or through the online calendar at

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  • Helping Hands

    Coxsackie-Athens High School students, Hanna Boehm, Hannah Warner, Kennedy Helin and Kacy Kiefer, recently began a project known as the Helping Hands. Mr. Loughran, their Environmental Science teacher, presented them with a task to come up with problems to be solved in their community. They immediately thought of the necessary school supplies it takes for a student to be successful and the burden it can be on many families who do not have the money to buy these items. The girls set out and raised a total of $1,217 worth of school supplies. Donations came from relatives and community members but also notable organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The school supplies are available at the Coxsackie Community Food Pantry which is located at 117 Mansion Street in the D.M. Hamilton Steamer #2 Fire Station, next to McQuade Park. The Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am.

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  • Excelsior Scholarship

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  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian speak to next year's 9th grade students

    Salutatorian Ben Pacuk and Valedictorian Julia Dorr address next year's incoming 9th graders during 8th grade transition day.

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  • CA High School Clubs & Activities

    Are you making the most of your High School career? When you look back, will these truly the best years of your life? Get involved! There are fabulous opportunities at CA - there is something for everyone, whatever your interests. Click here for more info!

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HS Daily Announcements

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  • The Excelsior Scholarship is set to go live ,Wednesday, June 7th.   If eligible, you could have your tuition paid for at 2 year and 4 year SUNY colleges- this includes community colleges such as CGCC, HVCC, SCCC, etc!  You do have to APPLY, and there may be DEADLINES---> but well worth your time and effort.   Follow this link for more info:


    This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation's first tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship. The Scholarship is making college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York's students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed. The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at SUNY or CUNY school for the fall of 2017.   More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship, and the requirements are simple.

    In order to apply, students must:

    • Be residents of New York State
    • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
    • Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
    • Maintain good academic standing
    • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degreein two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years                                      The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall 2017. It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019. The application will be available June 7.  Please help spread the word, and visit or to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.

      Students:  Please follow the link below for information about the NY State Excelsior Scholarship/Free Tuition Program.  You must follow the application guidelines in order to receive the scholarship.




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  • Improve your golf game with Gerard Ecker - USGTF Certified and US Kids Certified.  The YMCA is offering a 4 week course at Thunderhart at Sunny Hill for 14 to 18 year olds.  The course will go over 2 weeks driving range, 1 week putting green, 1 week short game.  It will be on Thursday nights July 6th -27th from 5:30 - 6:15 pm.  The cost is $35.00.  Register by June 29th at or visit the YMCA's membership desk.

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