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Science Instruction

Elizabeth Ten Dyke, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer
1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 475-6015


Cutting-edge 'NanoHigh' program in the news

Channel One News, a daily news program for teens broadcast via sattellite to 6 million middle and high school students in the United States, featured Albany High School's "NanoHigh" partnership with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.


The NanoHigh program was the first of its kind at an American public high school when it debuted at Albany High in 2007. CBS produced the segment. 


Science curriculum

Below are links to download the City School District of Albany's science curriculum pacing maps, which are designed to ensure that all students are instructed in the required curriculum to best prepare them for the New York State Science exams.

Elementary Science, K-4

Intermediate Science, 5-8

The Grade 5-8 Science curriculum pacing maps for the City School District of Albany are presented in a monthly format by grade level. You will find them at the links below in .pdf format. They align with the New York State Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Guide from the State Education Department.


Each year students are instructed in the four main branches of science: Life Science, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics. For grades 5-6, the program consists of a reading/writing component using the Harcourt Science text, and a hands-on lab component using science kits. For grades 7-8, the program consists of a reading/writing component using the Prentice Hall Science Explorer text, and a hands-on component via laboratory experiments.


The maps are designed to ensure that all students are instructed in the required curriculum to best prepare them for the NYS Grade 8 Intermediate Level Science Test. They are reviewed annually and subject to change.


As parents, we encourage you to use these maps to keep informed of the science topics your son or daughter will be learning each year. This also affords an opportunity to participate in and enhance their learning at home. Should you have any questions please call K-12 Science Supervisor Daniel Stilson in the Office of Math and Science at 454-3987, extension 997.

High School Science, 9-12



NanoHigh is a groundbreaking partnership between the City School District of Albany and the University at Albany's world-renowned College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Thanks to the great expertise and resources of both partners, Albany High School became the first American public school to offer on-campus nanoscience instruction during the 2007-08 school year.


Albany High since has expand its nanoscience offerings and infused nanoscience into the middle school curriculum beginning in sixth grade. New at Albany High and part of Innovation Academy are a mock cleanroom (pictured above) and a biotech lab.


Follow the links below for pacing maps for Albany High's introduction and advanced nano courses.

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