About Our School

Mission Statement

The mission of the Raphael J. McNulty Academy for International Studies is to prepare students in academic, civic, and social responsibilities through cooperation and communication. Our dedicated staff will enable every child to learn life skills and appropriate curriculum in a safe, inviting environment. 

School Hours

8:40 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.

      Our Beliefs 

      • We believe all students can learn.
      • All students are treated in a fair and consistent manner.
      • Opportunities are available to all students.
      • Students grow in a safe, comfortable environment that is conducive to learning.
      • The staff affords all children the opportunity to become responsible citizens.
      • Students and staff share mutual respect.

      Student Affirmation

      Written by Student Council and recited daily.

      We, as McNulty Students, know it is time now to turn on our light bulbs. We promise to spend today thinking and learning, sharing and caring, being respectful of each other, obeying all the rules and performing all the responsibilities of a student to the best of our ability. Achieving these goals will make us proud of ourselves and of McNulty.

      School History

      Raphael J. McNulty Elementary School was opened in the fall of 1964. Our school was named after a former Superintendent. In 2005, the Board of Education named McNulty as the site of the district’s first magnet school. The name was changed to the Raphael J. McNulty Academy for International Studies and Literacy to reflect the school’s new emphasis.

      School Improvement Plan

      The Greater Amsterdam School District  prepares every student to graduate from high school college and career ready. 

      One way in which we are working to achieve that is through McNulty Academy’s Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP), a unique plan, refined annually, that defines a school’s targeted work to raise achievement for all of its students. These plans are the driving force behind the district’s Theory of Action in our district’s Strategic Plan.

      This plan is mandated by New York state to appear on the district website.

      Code of Conduct

      2022-23 Elementary School Dress Code & Code of Conduct

      The purpose of these documents is to provide a plain language summary of the Greater Amsterdam School District’s Code of Conduct to parents, students, school personnel and community members. This summary is a guide regarding students’ rights and responsibilities.

      Leader in Me

      McNulty Academy follows the transformational “Leader in Me” framework for schools based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

      The Leader in Me starts with the premise that every child possesses unique strengths and the ability to be a leader. The program integrates leadership development into existing school programs, curriculum, and traditions; and helps students learn how to become self-reliant, take initiative, track and set goals, prioritize their time, express their viewpoint persuasively, value differences, resolve conflicts, and find creative solutions.