Four new academies. A refurbished courtyard. New locker rooms in the
physical education building. New ceilings in the academic building.
There will be plenty new at Albany High School for the 2011-12
school year. Students, families and the community will have several
opportunities to check it all out.
The first will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and sneak preview of the
school Thursday, Sept. 1 beginning at 4 p.m. All are invited to
The first day of school -- Tuesday, Sept 6 -- will feature
orientation programs for all students. The day will include
opportunities for students to get their new IDs, which will be
specific to each of the school’s four new academies, and to learn
the locations of their classrooms in each academy.
Albany High also will host its annual Open House on Tuesday, Sept.
13 from 6-9 p.m.
After a year of planning, Albany High will reopen in September
with four smaller academies in place of two larger academic houses.
Each academy will have its own theme that is reflected in the choice
of electives students can take once they meet the requirements of
their core courses in English, math, science and social studies.
The academies – Citizenship, Discovery, Leadership and
Innovation – will give students the opportunity to sample a range of
courses with an eye toward careers and college.
Each community, or academy, will have its own team of teachers,
guidance counselors and administrators to help assure that every
student has the opportunity and support to achieve their potential.
Although the four academies will function under the umbrella of
Albany High – “Four new academies. One great education.” – each
academy will have its own student-selected color scheme. Other
health and safety improvements taking place in the building during
the summer will be completed as well.
The reconfigured Albany High came about with the help of a $7.5
million federal grant to transform the high school into four smaller
learning communities, an integral part of the district’s 2008
strategic plan, as well as two no-cost facilities plans that voters
approved in 2010 and 2011.