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Albany High School - Citizenship Academy

Citizenship Academy

Focusing on community service and social justice

Grades 9-12


700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6220

Fax: 475-6242


House Principal: Richard Riccio

E-mail: rriccio@albany.k12.ny.us

Home School Coordinator: Lionel Harris

E-mail: lharris@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6225

Guidance Counselors: Laurie Bebb and Warren Horner

E-mail: lbebb@albany.k12.ny.us or whorner@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6260


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Receivership process moves forward

The City School District of Albany and Albany High School, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, have submitted required documents to the State Education Department to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all students.


Albany High is one of 144 New York schools that meet the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling” in a recent state 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 two years to show progress. The state will set "demonstrable improvement" guidelines for each school. If a school does not meet those goals during that time, the state will require the Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing the district’s ability to control future decisions about the school.


During fall 2015, the district submitted a community engagement plan, public notification template and supporting evidence to State Ed for Albany High, as well as a continuation plan and indicators for demonstrable improvement.


"I want to recognize the heroic efforts of our Community Engagement Teams and the leadership of our principals for getting us through these first stages of this process on schedule," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. "We are in good shape to meet the challenges ahead of us."


Follow the links below to download the documents submitted.

New leader for 2015-16

Albany High School has a new leader for 2015-16.


Veteran administrator Dale Getto is Albany High's acting principal, replacing Cecily Wilson-Turner, who has been promoted to assistant superintendent for instruction.


Getto has been at Albany High since 2010, serving as school improvement manager for four years and as principal at Abrookin Career and Technical Center for most of the 2014-15 school year. She stepped in as Albany High's acting principal in May when Wilson-Turner went on maternity leave, and officially became the school's new leader when the board approved Wilson-Turner's promotion July 16.


The City School District of Albany also has hired Andrea Marques as the new interim house principal at Abrookin and Richard Riccio as Citizenship Academy Principal.


Before moving to Albany High, Getto served as principal at North Albany Academy for five years. North Albany is the district's only school that serves students from prekindergarten through eighth grade. She was an administrator for four years prior to that at Abrookin and William S. Hackett Middle School, and the district's first behavioral specialist from 1997-2001. She began her career with the district as a teacher for 10 years at Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH).


About Citizenship Academy

Citizenship Academy's theme focuses on critical thinking and preparing for the global economy. Albany High's advanced math electives are offered in Citizenship Academy and available to all students, as are Career and Technical Education programs in culinary arts and professional cooking and baking, and Career Explorations programs in accounting, banking and finance, and law and criminal justice. Citizenship Academy also is home to the Smart Scholars Early College High School program, where juniors become Hudson Valley Community College freshmen and are dually enrolled in college and high school.


A unique feature of Citizenship Academy is a courtroom, complete with a judge's bench, witness stand, jury box, counsel tables and seating for a courtroom audience. The courtroom is home to Albany High's Youth Court program, and also will be equipped with a network of audio-visual and information technology.


Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 -- Parent-Teacher Conference Day, no school for students

  • Thursday, Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving day, no school

  • Friday, Nov. 27 -- Thanksgiving recess, no school

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 -- Winter Concert featuring Albanettes, Jazz Ensembles, Men's Ensemble, String Quartet, 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 -- Financial Aid Night, 6:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Dec. 5 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Monday,, Dec. 7 -- PTSA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 9 -- Winter Concert featuring Vocal Music, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, 7 p.m.

  • Friday, Dec. 11 -- Second-quarter interim marking period ends

  • Saturday, Dec. 12 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16

    • Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

    • Winter Concert featuring Advanced Orchestra, Select Choir, Wind Ensemble, 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan. 1 -- Holiday recess, no school

2015-16 news

  • Academy lottery applications available -- Applications are available for students who wish to change their academy assignment. (MORE)

  • Construction officially underway for new Albany High athletic field -- Construction officially got underway for Albany High School's new athletic field July 21 with a groundbreaking ceremony that celebrated the historic significance of the project for the community and the teamwork that helped get it done. (MORE)

  • Click here to see the City School District of Albany's online Photo Gallery.

School times

  • Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

  • Classes begin at 7:50 a.m.

  • Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m.

Absence from school

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance office at 475-6210 each day of the absence. When your child returns to school, please provide a written excuse and a doctor's note if one is available.



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