Home Link Graphic
District logo
box graphic 2014-15 course listings
box graphic Cafeteria menus
box graphic Clubs
box graphic CRED
box graphic Enrollment
box graphic Facilities plan
box graphic Guidance
box graphic NYS report card
box graphic School goals
box graphic School Improvement Grant
box graphic School security
box graphic Search our site
box graphic Smart Scholars Early College High School
box graphic Student registration

Board of Ed graphic Directory Graphic
City School District of Albany
graduated fill graphic

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


Visit Albany High School's website

Visit the Albany High School Counseling Center website

Visit the Parent-Teacher-Student Association website


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 officially will begin in his new role Sept. 22. He will replace Michael Panetta, who was appointed earlier this summer as Albany High’s building-wide operations principal. Panetta will continue to serve as Citizenship principal until Dr. Rivers begins.


Dr. Rivers has been an educator for 27 years, the last 17 as an administrator. He spent the early part of his career as a middle-school science teacher in Rochester. He then served as an administrator in Rochester and the nearby Spencerport and Greece school districts before taking on similar duties in Buffalo. He also has been an adjunct professor of biology at Monroe Community College since 2008.


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, Dec. 17 -- Major ensemble concert featuring Select Choir, Advanced Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 -- Major ensemble concert featuring Vocal Music, Orchestra and Symphonic Band, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan. 2 -- Holiday Recess, no school.
  • Thursdasy, Jan. 8 -- Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 10 -- Chess tournament, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 10 -- Modified Wrestling Play Day
  • Monday, Jan. 12 -- PTSA meeting, 6:45 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 19 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 30 -- Superintendent's Conference Day, no school.

2014-15 News

  • 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.

  • 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.



graphic link to Board of Ed graphic link to directory graphic link to schools graphic link to homepage