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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: John Rivers, Ed.D.

E-mail: jrivers@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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Albany High, Abrookin leadership updates for May and June

Effective May 1, Albany High School Principal Cecily Wilson-Turner will be on maternity leave for the rest of the school year. Dale Getto, the principal at Albany High’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center, will serve as the high school’s acting principal during Ms. Wilson-Turner’s leave.

Kandie Antonetti, an office-assigned teacher at the high school, will serve as the acting principal at Abrookin for the rest of this school year. All three will return to their regular positions during the summer.

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

  • Monday, July 13 -- Guidance Department presents, "Transition for Life and College," media center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Details)
  • Saturday, July 18 -- Summer Celebration at Krank Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 -- First day of school for 2015-16

2014-15 News

  • National Honor Society inducts high flyers -- Sixty-six high-achieving juniors were inducted into the Albany High School Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 21. (MORE)

  • Albany High seniors participate in prestigious 12-state jazz group -- Seniors John Dimase and Livio Fasullo joined 18 of their peers from throughout the northeast in Providence on April 11 for the 54th National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble performances. Albany High School was the only school from the 12-state region to have more than one student selected. (MORE)

  • Albany High senior earns prestigious national scholarship -- Albany High School senior Isaac Young has won a highly prestigious National Achievement Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to outstanding African-American students. (MORE)

  • Robotics team to head to regionals at RPI -- Equipped with gadgets and gizmos aplenty, members of the Albany High School Robotics Team will compete this week against teams from four states at the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition. (MORE)

  • Freshman gets kindness kudos -- Albany High School freshman Zaeqwan Cancer’s random acts of kindness during a recent local event earned him a weekly prize in the Albany County District Attorney’s WORDS campaign promoting kindness in the community. (MORE)

  • Marching Falcons tour Ireland -- The Albany Marching Falcons left March 14 for their whirlwind tour of Ireland that includes a gig marching in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

    The Marching Falcons, the marching band and color guard for the City School District of Albany, performed in the Dublin parade at the behest of that city’s lord mayor. (MORE)

  • Leapin' Lizards! Theatre Ensemble to present "Annie" -- Albany High School's award-winning Theatre Ensemble this week will present four performances of the Broadway musical Annie. The play opens with a 7 p.m. performance on March 19. Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. March 20 and 21, with a matinee at 2 p.m. March 22. (MORE)

  • Coleman a top sprinter in the state -- Albany High School sprinter Jahari Coleman set a personal best record Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track championships at Cornell University.Coleman, a junior, ran the 55 meter dash in 7.22 seconds – a time that earned her the rank of fifth-fastest high school runner in the state in that event. (MORE)

  • Three artists' works noted in contest -- Works by three other Albany High School artists are part of the fourth annual Building Communities Youth Art Contest. Junior Katerina Cakri’s and senior Nasson Taylor-Skervin’s pieces were selected as winners, and junior Hser Day Moo’s artwork received an honorable mention. The contest, which is sponsored by Albany Barn and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, was open to Albany County students. The winning works were displayed at an exhibit that opened Mach 6 at Albany Barn’s Main Stage at 56 Second Street.

  • Albany High art accepted in 3-D show -- Six Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the 2015 Art in Three Dimensions show. This annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art programs. It’s the first time City School District of Albany schools will be represented at the show, which opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Mohonansen High School. (MORE)

  • Coleman, Johnson win events at 2015 indoor track and field sectionals -- Jahari Coleman cemented her position  as the fastest student-athlete in Section II girls' track and field Feb. 21 with a pair of sprint victories at the Division I indoor championships at the University at Albany. (MORE)

  • Young tops sectional bowling tournament with best three-game series -- Freshman Jahlil Young rolled the best three-game set in the Section II Class A bowling tournament Feb. 11, helping Albany High School rally to a strong sixth-place finish. (MORE)

  • Artists' work chosen for regional show -- Three works by Albany High School students have been accepted for review in the 16th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition, opening Feb. 12 at the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose, will feature works by 104 high school students from 21 Capital Region school districts. (MORE)

  • Automotive Technology students get a behind-the-scenes look at Monster Jam -- Students in the Automotive Technology program at Albany High's Abrookin Career and Technical Center visited the Times Union Center on Jan. 16 for a behind-the-scenes look at Monster Jam. Check out photos in the Jan. 17 Times Union.

  • Presidential Scholar finalist at Albany High -- An Albany High School senior is one of 10 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program finalists from New York state. Isabel Pottinger, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, has a stellar resume of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. (MORE) 

  • District students 'Creative Expressions' winners -- Two Albany High students were among seven City School District of Albany students named winners in the 19th annual Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest sponsored by the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. They were among 28 winners selected out of more than 300 contest entries from area schools. (MORE)

  • Albany High teacher earns prestigious national certification -- Albany High School English teacher Brian Huskie has earned certification through the highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards. NBTS develops rigorous standards for teaching and certifies teachers who meet those standards. (MORE)

  • Albany High students assist fire-damaged refugee center -- Sixteen students from Albany High School’s English as a New Language program joined City School District of Albany staff to collect and deliver community donations of baby food to Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus on Dec. 19. (MORE)

  • A message from new Albany High football coach Joey DiPiazza -- As the new head football coach at Albany High School, I wanted to take a moent and explain my coaching philosophy and the expectations of student-athletes in the program. (MORE)

  • State lauds program for students with disabilities -- Albany High School on Nov. 6 will receive the 2014 Youth Transition Award for New York State – the only school to receive the award this year. The Youth Transition Award from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities recognizes programs that successfully transition students with disabilities from high school into the workforce. (MORE)

  • Students make state ensembles -- Four Albany High students have been selected to perform in All-State ensembles of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) in December. (MORE)

  • Albany High lottery applications available -- Applications are available online for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School's four academies for the 2015-16 school year. Click here to download one. (MORE)

  • Online access to student progress -- It’s easy for parents and guardians to keep track of any middle- or high-school student’s progress thanks to an online information system maintained by the City School District of Albany. Using the district’s PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can follow your child’s assignments, attendance, grades on tests and quizzes and more. (MORE)

  • Albany High students take next step to college -- One word said it all for each of Albany High School’s 2,300 students on Oct. 15 – college. From college field trips for every freshman to free PSATs and SATs for every sophomore, junior and senior, everyone’s focus was the next step on the path toward college and the workforce. (MORE)

  • Albany High earns regional Red Cross award -- The New York-Penn Region American Red Cross has recognized Albany High School with an award for exemplary commitment to blood donation. Each year, Albany High hosts three blood drives run by a student coordinator and overseen by faculty advisers. Each year, the school has met or exceeded its goal of the number of life-saving pints donated by students, staff and others. (MORE)

  • Albany High seniors get National Merit recognition -- Five Albany High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors are Isaac “Ravi” Brenner, Clare Criscione, Olivia Parker, Isaac Rosen and Isaac Young. They scored in the top five percent of the 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during junior year. Congratulations to them! 

  • Marching Falcons Ireland-bound -- Next St. Patrick’s Day, the Albany Marching Falcons will get their Irish up in the capital city of the Emerald Isle itself.  

    At the invitation of Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, the City School District of Albany’s marching band and color guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. (MORE)

  • Albany High students reap multicultural achievement honors -- Thirty-seven Albany High School seniors will be honored Saturday as recipients of the University at Albany's 2014 Multicultural High School Achievers Award. (MORE)

  • Free breakfast, lunch for all district students -- All City School District of Albany students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at their school during the 2014-15 school year.(MORE)

  • New Citizenship principal for 2014-15 -- Veteran educator and administrator John Rivers, Ed.D., will be the new Citizenship Academy principal at Albany High School for 2014-15. Dr. Rivers has been an educator for 27 years, the last 17 as an administrator. He officially begins Sept. 22. Visit the Citizenship Academy page to read more.

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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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