The Doane Stuart School is one of the region’s oldest Early Childhood through Grade 12 coeducational schools.  

At Doane Stuart, students of all ages learn by actively engaging with the curriculum, one that is traditional at its core and is also flexible enough to allow a student to follow his or her passion. The classroom environment exudes intellectual curiosity, inquiry and genuine scholarship. Students at Doane Stuart appreciate fine teaching and make life-long friends of their teachers and their peers. Doane Stuart teachers provide a great deal of differentiated learning and offer individual instruction during and after school hours. In addition, they coach athletic teams, oversee student-run clubs AND they even offer Saturday activities. We boast the finest teaching in the region.

Doane Stuart students
know the joy of discovery. 
The importance of inquiry,
and the power of understanding. 

Doane Stuart was established in 1975, with the merger of two Albany schools—Kenwood Academy, founded in 1852, and St. Agnes School, founded in 1870—that were rooted in the Roman Catholic and Episcopal traditions. The resulting organization is a place where students of all faiths grow and learn together. The school’s emphasis is interfaith; most faiths are celebrated, and students learn about all the world’s major religions. Students are asked to understand why so many people in the world choose a life of faith; they are urged to study many religions but not required to choose one. The community is based on tolerance and respect. It is a place to grow your mind and build your heart.  As a co-educational interfaith school, we welcome students of all backgrounds and traditions. We celebrate diversity, and we provide a nurturing yet challenging environment that prepares students for today’s global community. 

We are more than a school. We are a family of families. 
Partners in the critical work of preparing
students for lives of meaning and purpose.



Upcoming Events

  • Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner

    Nov 16, 2018 - The Doane Stuart School

    Join us for Doane Stuart's Traditional Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Friday, November 16, 2018.  Gather with family and friends, and welcome the warmth of the holiday season @ 5:30 PM in the commons.  After dinner, enjoy the Drama Club & Theater

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  • Thanksgiving Vacation - NO SCHOOL / OFFICES CLOSED

    Nov 21, 2018 - B&N: Colonie Center

    Classes resume Monday, November 26, 2018.

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  • January 2019 Open House - Visit Us!

    Jan 26, 2019 - Doane Stuart

    The best way to discover the Doane Stuart difference is to visit! Discover why our students and teachers love DS – Enjoy a student-led tour and hear from our distinguished faculty Get creative – Discover our art, music, athletics, communit

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Doane Stuart Timeline

  • 1852

    The Kenwood Academy was founded in 1852.

  • 1870

    The St. Agnes School was founded in 1870. 

  • 1975

    The Doane Stuart School was founded from the merger of Kenwood Academy and St. Agnes School.

  • 2009

    Doane Stuart moved to its current location at 199 Washington Avenue in Rensselaer. 

  • 2014

    Construction is completed of the $1.3 million 22,000 square foot vegetative green roof. 

Party on the Green Roof

Want to rent our Green Roof?

The Green Roof will be made available for small gatherings for up to [50] people.  Please contact Darlene Gallagher at or at (518) 465-5222, ext.. 203.