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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

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.

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, Aug. 15 -- Fall varsity and JV sports begin

2015-16 news

  • Albany High Class of 2016 celebrates graduation -- The 2015-16 school year officially came to a close on Sunday with graduation ceremonies for Albany High School's Class of 2016. Click here to read about and see a collection of photos from the day's events.

  • Congratulations to the top 10 students in the Class of 2016! -- After soaring to great heights academically during their high school careers, the top 10 students in the Class of 2016 climbed to new heights June 23 for a photo atop the school's academic building. Check it out! Congratulations to all of this year's graduates.

  • Albany High blood drive a winner -- Albany High School students and staff topped their blood-donation goal on Thursday, with the Red Cross collecting 113 pints of life-saving blood. And that means Osama Ali and Liz John, the two Albany High seniors coordinating the school’s blood-donation efforts this year, will evenly split a $2,500 scholarship from the American Red Cross High School Scholarship Program. (MORE)

  • Robotics Team receives grant -- The Albany High School Robotics Team received a great holiday gift on Dec. 18 – a check for $12,500. (MORE)

  • Albany High co-stars in new film -- A locally produced film shot partly at Albany High School has been selected to compete in the prestigious 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Scenes for “As You Are” were filmed at several Capital Region locations earlier this fall, including two days at Albany High featuring students as extras. Check out the Dec. 3 Times Union to read more.

  • Albany High black belt earns international silver -- Congratulations to Albany High School freshman Claire Patnaude, who recently earned a silver medal at the 2015 International Karate-Do Championships in Hawaii.(MORE)

  • 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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