Abrookin Career and Technical Center
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St., Albany, NY 12206(click here for directions)
House Principal: Andrea
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Career and technical education have
a long, successful history in the City School District
of Albany, going back to at least 1914. The building at
99 Kent St. opened in 1974 as the Albany Occupational
Center. The school was renamed Abrookin Career and Technical
Center in 1994 in honor of the late Emanuel "Manny" Abrookin, a
longtime Albany school board member, a career-education
advocate and a 2013 inductee into the City School
District of Albany Hall of Fame.
Part of Albany High School, Abrookin offers:
education for students in grades 9-12.
Specialized programs in culinary arts, technology
education, cosmetology, technical arts, life skills
and many other fields.
extended-day program that has become one of the
district's most successful alternative-education
Explorations in education, health care, finance,
law and engineering.
cutting-edge Career Academy that provides high-tech education for students looking
for a different high-school experience.
The City School District of Albany and
Albany High School, in partnership with the school's
Community Engagement Team, have been working since the
beginning of the 2015-16 school year to meet the
requirements of New York's new "receivership" law. At
that time, Albany High was one of 144 New York schools
that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently
struggling” under the new law. Albany High was
designated a struggling school because overall student
performance on state tests significantly lagged behind
other schools in the state for more than three years.
The school has until the end of the
2016-17 school year to show progress. The state has set
"demonstrable improvement" guidelines for each school.
If a school does not meet those goals during the
allotted time, the state will require the district's
Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside
receiver, removing the district’s ability to control
future decisions about the school.
Please visit our
Receivership section for complete updates on Albany
High's efforts to meet these goals during the 2015-16
and 2016-17 school years.
Sunday, May 19 --
Promising Playwrights Festival, 2 p.m.
Monday, May 29 --
Memorial Day, no school
Tuesday, May 2
-- National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30
Friday, May 5
-- Fourth-quarter interim marking period
Saturday, May 6
-- SAT exam, 8 a.m.
11 -- New Family Orientation and
Creative Arts Festival, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16
-- SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE
17 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11
18 - Saturday, May 20 -- Promising
Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
Senior named Presidential Scholar
Albany High School senior Santos Otero has been named a
semifinalist in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
That means he is in the running to be one of up to 141 scholars from
throughout the country selected for the prestigious program, one of the
nation’s highest honors for high-school students. (MORE)
Albany High teacher joins PAL Hall of Fame
-- Congratulations to Albany High School physical
education teacher Ashley Chapple, whose hard work
and dedication to the youth of the city have earned
her an induction to the Albany Police Athletic
League (PAL) Hall of Fame. (MORE)
Math teachers earn prestigious state
recognition -- Four City School District of
Albany teachers, including three math teachers at
Albany High School, have been recognized in the
state's 2017 STEM Master Teacher Program. (MORE)
Masterminds team playoff-bound --
Congratulations to the Albany High School
winning its division during the regular season! The
team went 10-2 and now is preparing for the
playoffs, which begin later this spring. (MORE)
Chefs-in-training vie for best at chili
Savor chili prepared by aspiring Albany High School
chefs and support disabled veterans at the same time
on Saturday at the annual Watervliet Chili Cook-off.
Two teams of students from Albany High’s culinary
program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center –
the Fiery Falcons and the Jalapeno Fireflies – have
spent the week preparing for the event, which will
be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dome,
located at 13th Street and Second Avenue in
Albany High jazz talent to be featured on
Ch. 18 during April --
The Albany High School Jazz Ensemble will celebrate
Jazz Appreciation Month with appearances throughout
April on Channel 18, one of Albany’s three public
access television stations. The ensemble will
perform on the show “Albany Tempo Spectrum,” which
will air at 5 p.m. Saturday. The show will run
Thursday-Sunday at 5 p.m. during the rest of the
Albany High junior recognized among region's
'Kids Who Care' -- Albany High junior Mat
Adler has been recognized by WNYT/Ch. 13 as one of
this school year's "13
Kids Who Care." Ch. 13 recognized Adler for his
volunteer work over the past three years with a
music instruction program at Boys and Girls clubs in
the Capital Region. His brother, Class of 2013
salutatorian Hillel Adler, started the program at
the Boys and Girls Club of Albany. The younger Adler
has expanded the program to also serve Schenectady
and Troy, recruiting additional high school
volunteers to support the effort.
Juniors earn playwriting kudos --
Two Albany High School juniors
have received regional awards for scripts they wrote
from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Emma Colton-Heins and Cliodhna Thayer
each wrote a dramatic script that earned a Gold Key
award. Both their scripts have been submitted for
national review; national medalists will be
announced on March 14.
Cheer on Falcon robotics at RPI --
High School robotics team will
use 21st-century technology to meet a 19th-century
challenge at the 2017 New York Tech Valley Regional
FIRST Robotics Team competition.The
event will be held March 17-18 at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. Come cheer on the Falcon team
and its robot, Beta! (MORE)
Artists' work accepted in 3-D show
Two Albany High School students have had their
artwork selected for the 2017
Art in Three Dimensions show.
The annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to
highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art
Fledgling junior ROTC drill team tapped to
compete in nationals -- Members of Albany
High School's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion junior
ROTC drill team will head to Louisville, Ky., at the
end of March to compete in the official Army junior
ROTC drill championships. (MORE)
Seniors tout IB opportunities --
Albany High School seniors Jacob Citone, Juliette Pluviose-Philip and
David Powell provided a presentation about the prestigious International
Baccalaureate program during the monthly Albany Roundtable civic
luncheon Feb. 8 at The University Club.
Please visit our District News section to read
more, or to learn more about the IB program please
contact your guidance counselor.
Albany High tops blood-donation record --
High School students and staff on Thursday rolled up
their sleeves to donate a record amount of
life-saving blood to the local American Red Cross.
And senior Peggy
Abdul-Korah, the driving force behind this year’s
blood drives, will earn a $2,500 scholarship from
the Red Cross. (MORE)
Falcon gets fabulous new plumage --
When Albany High School needed a new mascot costume,
students in Lisa Osterman’s school-to-work class
channeled their Falcon pride and did something about
They raised money for, chose and purchased a new
Falcon costume that arrived during the recently ended holiday break. The
new bird in town has yet to make its debut at a game or school event,
but it is a formidable creature sporting bright blue-and-white plumage.
New assistant principals for 2016-17
-- The Board of Education
has appointed Jason Breh and
Suzann Cornell to the new positions of assistant
house principals at Albany High. The district
converted two existing office-assigned teacher
positions to assistant principals for 2016-17 to
provide additional administrative support at the
Please visit our District News section to read
more about Albany High's newest administrators.
Falcons football program adds veteran
college assistant coach -- Albany High School football coach
Joey DiPiazza added significant experience and leadership to his
staff July 14 with the addition of
former University at Albany defensive guru Mike Simpson.
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If your child is absent from school for any reason,
please call his or her academy office each day of the
absence. When your child returns to school, please
provide a written excuse and a doctor's note if one is
You can reach the academies at the following phone
Citizenship Academy -- 475-6220
Discovery Academy -- 475-6230
Innovation Academy -- 475-6240
Leadership Academy -- 475-6250