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

Purple Group

  • Monday and Tuesday: In-Person instruction 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Remote day begins at 9 a.m. Will consist of: Small group learning to be scheduled by classroom teacher, AIS, ENL, SPED,  etc. as well as assignments to be completed by the end of the day for attendance purposes.
  • Thursday and Friday: Remote days – Please see Google classroom schedule for Learning and assignments to be completed by the end of the day for attendance purposes.

Gold Group

  • Monday and Tuesday: Remote days – Please see Google classroom schedule for Learning and assignments to be completed by the end of the day for attendance purposes.
  • Wednesday: Remote day begins at 9 a.m. Will consist of: Small group learning to be scheduled by classroom teacher, AIS, ENL, SPED,  etc. as well as assignments to be completed by the end of the day for attendance purposes.
  • Thursday and Friday: In-person instruction 9:30-2:30 p.m.

Remote Learning Only (ROL) Students

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:40-9:20 a.m. live learning from classroom teacher. Additional live lessons will be posted in Google Classroom along with assignments. Assignments need to be completed by the end of the day for attendance purposes.
  • Wednesday: Remote day begins at 9 a.m. Will consist of: Small group learning to be scheduled by classroom teacher, AIS, ENL, SPED,  etc. as well as assignments to be completed by the end of the day for attendance purposes.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

  • Drop off/Pick up: School arrival time is now at 9:30 a.m. Students cannot enter the building before then and should not be left unattended. Dismissal will begin with walkers/riders at 2:10 p.m. and buses will leave the building at 2:30 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.

Elementary Dress Code & Code of Conduct

The purpose of this document 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.

Clubs & Activities

The following clubs and activities are available at McNulty Academy. For more information, contact Tammy Mroczka at tmroczka@gasd.org or 518-843-3180 x. 5000:

  • Garden Club
  • Student Government                      
  • Science/Robotics
  • Intramurals

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.