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Albany International Center

North Albany Academy
570 North Pearl St.
Albany, NY 12204

Phone: (518) 475-6900

Fax: (518) 475-6902

 

Rachel Stead, Principal

Email: rstead@albany.k12.ny.us

Lily Htoo, Home School Coordinator

Email: lhtoo@albany.k12.ny.us

 

About the Albany International Center

The Albany International Center serves about 175 refugee and immigrant students in grades 6-12 from throughout the City School District of Albany who are in the early stages of learning English and will benefit from targeted instruction and support in all subjects.

 

The program is based at North Albany Academy. Students spend an average of two years in the program before returning to their middle school or Albany High School.

 

The program is considered transitional -- meaning that it gives students the tools and literacy skills they need to return to middle or high school and succeed. The program also provides emotional support services to students learning to assimilate to a new culture.

 

     
     
About the Albany International Center
  • The City School District of Albany's enrollment of English-language learners has quadrupled in recent years to about 1,300 students, or about 13 percent of total enrollment.
    • About 1 of every 8 students in the district is a refugee or immigrant -- or "newcomer."
  • Many newcomers have had their formal education interrupted because of strife in their home countries. Some have had no education.
  • Most newcomers don't speak English -- the biggest obstacle to success in school and assimilation.
  • Some newcomers have experienced violence and others have had long stays in refugee camps. This may affect their ability to learn.
  • Strict state regulations call for improving efforts to educate newcomers.
Making a difference

Albany International Center students receive specialized instruction in English as they gain academic skills in the core subjects of math, science, social studies and English language arts.

 

The also take required classes such as physical education and special area electives such as art. High school students earn credit toward graduation for the courses they take, all of which are aligned with state learning standards.

 

Teaching and learning are designed to accommodate and respect the cultural backgrounds and values of students.

 

All teachers in the program are certified either in English as a new language or general education. The program includes a bilingual social worker trained in dealing with trauma. All on staff to aid students and families is a home school coordinator who speaks four languages.

 

Once students strengthen their language skills, they'll return to their assigned middle school or Albany High School. The average stay in the program is one to two years.

 

Serving the needs of our diverse community

The City School District of Albany will:

  • Honor the racial and ethnic backgrounds of every student, every family and every staff member;

  • Celebrate all 57 languages that our students speak and every religion they choose to worship;

  • Provide safe, supportive schools; and

  • Value and defend our rich diversity.

 

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