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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: TBD

E-mail: TBD

Theme Coordinator: Brigid Dodson

E-mail: bdodson@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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Important back-to-school dates and information

School begins Thursday, Sept. 4 for freshmen only; all students report Friday, Sept. 5

Albany High School will hold orientation programs for students Thursday, Aug. 28 and Friday, Aug. 29 to prepare for the start of the 2014-15 school year, which begins Thursday, Sept. 4 for freshmen only and Friday, Sept. 5 for all students. Click here to download the schedule for the Freshman Falcons First Day on Sept. 4.


Follow these links to download a summer letter for families from Principal Cecily Wilson-Turner and a full orientation schedule. This information also has been mailed home to all Albany High families. Please note that Thursday, Sept. 4 also is the first day of school for all elementary and middle-school students.


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

  • Thursday, Aug. 28 -- Freshman and Senior Orientations.
    • Freshmen -- Auditorium:
      • Citizenship and Innovation academies, 7:35 a.m.
      • Discovery and Leadership academies, 11:35 a.m.
    • Seniors -- Rubber Gym:
      • Discovery and Leadership academies, 8-10:30 a.m.
      • Citizenship and Innovation academies, noon-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 29 -- Sophomore and Junior Orientations. Rubber gym.
    • Citizenship and Innovation academies, 8-10:30 a.m.
    • Discovery and Leadership academies, noon-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 -- First day of the 2014-15 school year -- FRESHMEN ONLY.
  • Friday, Sept. 5 -- First day of the 2014-15 school year -- SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS.
  • Monday, Sept. 8
    • School Picture Day
    • Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) meeting, media center, 6:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 25 -- Rosh Hashana, no school
  • Friday, Sept. 26 -- Staff development day, no school
  • Saturday, Sept 28 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park (Details)
  • Monday, Oct. 20 -- Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) meeting, media center, 6:45 p.m.

2014-15 News

  • 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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