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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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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

  • Friday, April 11 -- Readathon, 3-9 p.m.
  • Monday, April 14-Friday, April 18 -- Spring recess, no school
  • Monday, April 21 -- PTSA meeting, 6:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 24 -- Falcon Parent Academy, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 29 -- National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3 -- SAT exam
  • Thursday, May 8 -- Blood drive, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 9 -- Fourth quarter interim marking period ends
  • Monday, May 12 -- PTSA meeting 6:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20 -- SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE
  • Thursday, May 22 -- Falcon Parent Academy, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, May 26 -- Memorial Day, no school
  • Thursday, May 29 -- Spring Play Series, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 30 -- Spring Play Series, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 31 -- Spring Play Series, 7 p.m.

2013-14 News

  • Albany High educator named 'Top Teacher' -- Albany High School music teacher Brendan Hoffman has been selected by WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region. He is one of two Albany High teachers to be recognized this year among 13 of the area's best. They were chosen from among more than 200 nominated. (MORE)

  • District makes AP honor roll -- The City School District of Albany has made the annual Advanced Placement honor roll, one of only two districts in the Capital Region and 477 in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction. The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high-school students with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in some cases earn college credit. (MORE) 

  • New community centers bolster students and families -- The City School District of Albany has partnered with the State University of New York’s Office of the Education Pipeline and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany to provide new after-school programs for 400 students, including 100 ninth-graders at Albany High School. (MORE)

  • Program to discuss services for transitioning students -- The City School District of Albany's Special Education Department will host a Nov. 6 program about services for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to college or career. The program will be held from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Albany High School media center. (MORE)

  • Falcon pride on display during Homecoming, Hall of Fame weekend -- Six new members enshrined in the Hall of Fame. A large and enthusiastic turnout for the Homecoming parade. Gorgeous fall weather. A near-miss by the Albany High School football team. It was almost a perfect weekend as Albany High and the City School District of Albany celebrated the Homecoming and Hall of Fame 2013. The weekend began with an Oct. 17 pep rally at Albany High. Festivities continued at the Oct. 18 Hall of Fame dinner and inductions, which drew some 125 people. (MORE)

  • Albany High seniors named National Merit semifinalist, commended scholar -- An Albany High School senior has been named a semifinalist in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking him among top students in the United States.(MORE)

  • District launches new monthly TV program -- The City School District of Albany is launching a new monthly television program on Channel Albany/Channel 18, one of the city’s new public-access channels. The first edition of “Capital Education” airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. (MORE)

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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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