District Information & History

The History of Randolph Academy

Randolph Academy is a Special Act Public School District established by the New York State Legislature on June 4, 1985. Randolph Academy is one of eight such Special Act school districts created to educate students from the state’s private residential child care institutions.

Originally established in the 1950s as the Randolph Common School District #11 on the grounds of Randolph Children’s Home, Randolph Academy evolved into its current form by also receiving day students who need a special or alternative school program to achieve academic and behavioral success.

In 2011, the Academy expanded its borders to include the former Hopevale U.F.S.D. at its Hamburg location. Today, each campus serves up to 100 students. The Randolph Campus educates students who reside at New Directions Youth and Family Services Randolph Residential Program and day students from surrounding public school districts. Day students from the Buffalo metro area comprise the entire population at the Randolph Academy Hamburg Campus.

Day students are referred to Randolph Academy by local district Committees on Special Education. Students are also admitted from all over New York State, many of whom are placed residentially at the Randolph Campus by districts in the New York City metro area and Long Island. Tuition is regulated by the New York State Education Department, and is reimbursable to the referring district through the private excess cost aid formula.

As a public school district, Randolph Academy is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. Per New York State Education Law, the Board of Trustees of New Directions Youth and Family Services, Inc. appoints five members to three-year terms, and the New York State Commissioner of Education appoints two members to four-year terms. The Randolph Academy Board of Education functions as any other Board of Education in accordance with New York State Education Law.

Documentation and State Information

Access to Board Meeting Notes and Agenda:


Data Privacy and Security

The Board of Regents adopted Part 121 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education on January 13, 2020. These rules will implement Education Law Section 2-d and provide guidance to educational agencies and their third-party contractors on ways to strengthen data privacy and security to protect student data and annual professional performance review data.  The Regulations are overseen by NYSED’s Chief Privacy Officer, Temitope Akinyemi. These Regulations govern the use of student Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in regards to third-party software vendors and platforms. 


NYS Education Department Data Privacy page: http://www.nysed.gov/data-privacy-security

NYS Ed Law 2-d: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/EDN/2-D

Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security: PBOR

Vendor Agreements

Services we potentially could receive from Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES:
CA BOCES Documents

Services we potentially could receive from Erie I BOCES/WNYRIC:
WNYRIC Documents


For questions, concerns, or communication, please contact:

Brian Fleischmann
Data Privacy Officer