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Albany High School - Discovery Academy

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 Commerford

E-mail: jcommerford@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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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 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

  • 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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