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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: Miriam Skrivanek

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

Assistant House Principal: Jason Breh

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

Home School Coordinator: Malcolm Gandy

E-mail: mgandy@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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New operations and Discovery Academy leaders in 2016-17

Albany High School alum Jodi O'Connor is now operations principal of her alma mater.


The Board of Education appointed O'Connor, Class of '93, on Sept. 1. She will fill a position that had been vacant since January, when Michael Panetta was appointed interim principal at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.


O’Connor was house principal of Albany High’s Discovery Academy for the last four years. Before that, she was a substitute principal for three months at Pine Hills Elementary School and taught at the former School 19/New Scotland Elementary School from 1999-2012.


As operations principal, O’Connor will oversee implementation of the district’s new Code of Conduct and the realignment of student support at the school. She also will monitor attendance and discipline data and is responsible for the safety and welfare of students and staff.


The board also appointed Michael Elliot as interim house principal of Discovery Academy. Elliot joined the district in 2002 and taught social studies at William S. Hackett Middle School then North Albany Academy. In 2011, he moved to Albany High School and taught there for two years before becoming a building data coach then the district’s data coach.


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.


Receivership process

The City School District of Albany and Albany High School, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, submitted required documents to the State Education Department during the 2015-16 school year to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all students.


In 2015, Albany High was one of 144 New York schools that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling” in a new 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 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 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. Follow the links below to download the documents submitted.

Upcoming events

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

  • Monday, Oct. 10 -- Columbus Day, no school

  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 -- Superintendent's Conference Day, no school for students

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 -- Yom Kippur, no school

  • Thursday, Oct. 13 -- 2017-18 lottery applications available

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19

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

    • Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct 20 -- Academy Information Night for eighth-graders, 6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Oct. 22 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2 -- FinancialAid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.

  • Friday, Nov. 4 -- First quarter ends

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

  • Monday, Nov. 7 -- Varsity, JV and freshman winter sports begin

  • Monday, Nov. 7-Thursday, Nov. 10 -- School Picture Day

  • Friday, Nov. 11 -- Veterans  Day, no school

  • Monday, Nov. 14

    • PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.

    • Albany Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16

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

    • Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.

  • Saturday, Nov. 19 -- International Suicide Survivors Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23 -- Parent-Teacher Conference Day, no school for students

  • Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 -- Thanksgiving Recess, no school

2016-17 news

  • Leadership changes at Albany High School -- Albany High School alum Jodi O'Connor is now operations principal of her alma mater. The Board of Education appointed O'Connor, Class of '93, on Sept.1. She will fill a position that had been vacant since January, when Michael Panetta was appointed interim principal at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. (MORE)

  • 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 2,500-student school. 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.

  • 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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