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Albany High School - Discovery Academy

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Discovery Academy

Focusing on communication and the arts

Grades 9-12


700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6230

Fax: 475-6232


House Principal: Jodi O'Connor

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

Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar

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

Home School Coordinator: Aaron Harrell

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

Phone: 475-6235

Guidance Counselors: Kimberly Baker and Jennifer Quinn

E-mail: kbaker@albany.k12.ny.us or jquinn@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6260Phone: 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, submitted required documents to the State Education Department on Sept. 30 to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all Albany High students.


The district submitted a Community Engagement Plan, and Public Notification Template and supporting evidence to State Ed for Albany High. The school has until Oct. 9 to submit its Continuation Plan. Demonstrable indicators also are due to the state Oct. 9.


"I want to recognize the heroic efforts of our Community Engagement Team and the leadership of Albany High's acting principal, Dale Getto, 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 Sept. 30 for Albany High.

New leader for 2015-16

Albany High School has a new leader for 2015-16.


Veteran administrator Dale Getto is Albany High's acting principal, replacing Cecily Wilson-Turner, who has been promoted to assistant superintendent for instruction.


Getto has been at Albany High since 2010, serving as school improvement manager for four years and as principal at Abrookin Career and Technical Center for most of the 2014-15 school year. She stepped in as Albany High's acting principal in May when Wilson-Turner went on maternity leave, and officially became the school's new leader when the board approved Wilson-Turner's promotion July 16.


The City School District of Albany has hired Andrea Marques as the new interim house principal at Abrookin.


Before moving to Albany High, Getto served as principal at North Albany Academy for five years. North Albany is the district's only school that serves students from prekindergarten through eighth grade. She was an administrator for four years prior to that at Abrookin and William S. Hackett Middle School, and the district's first behavioral specialist from 1997-2001. She began her career with the district as a teacher for 10 years at Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH).


About Discovery Academy

The Discovery Academy theme focuses on communications and the arts. Albany High's English electives are offered in Discovery Academy and available to all students, as are Career and Technical Education programs in clothing and textiles, housing and environment, career and financial management, clothing production and cosmetology, and Career Explorations programs in communications and the performing arts.


A unique feature of Discovery Academy is a state-of-the-art multi-media production facility that includes equipment for muse and video recording. Discovery Academy also makes great use of Albany High's existing theater, music and art spaces.


Upcoming events

2015-16 news

  • 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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