ALBANY, N.Y. (May 20, 2011)
-- Albany High School has been recognized for the third consecutive year
as one of the top American high schools in annual rankings that
measure students taking advanced coursework.
The 2011 Washington Post
High School Challenge
includes Albany High at 1,515, the third-highest ranking for
schools from the Capital Region. Locally, only Bethlehem High School
(1,139) and Saratoga Springs High School (1,507) ranked higher. Ballston
Spa High School (1,776) is the only other Capital Region high school on
the list of 1,905 schools.
The High School Challenge is online at
www.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge and also will be featured
in a special print section of the newspaper Sunday, May 22.
“While we know there is much work to be
done to raise achievement for all students in our district and at Albany
High, the continued national recognition of our positive achievements
emphasizes some of the core strengths we are building on in our work to
redesign Albany High,” said Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.
Schools are ranked according to the
number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge
tests taken by all students at a school in 2010 divided by the number of
graduating seniors. Albany High is one of only two high schools in the
Capital Region offering the prestigious International Baccalaureate
program, along with Schenectady High School. Albany High also is among
the area’s leaders in Advanced Placement courses.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves nearly 8,600 students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students.