communications and the arts
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6220
Fax: (518) 475-6242
House Principal: Michael Elliott
Assistant House Principal: Sal Villa (acting)
Home School Coordinator: TBD
Phone: (518) 475-6235
Guidance Counselors: Kim Baker and
Phone: (518) 475-6260
Albany High School's website
Albany High School Counseling Center website
Visit the Albany High School Theatre Ensemble website
Visit the Albany High Prisms Yearbook website
About Discovery Academy
Discovery Academy's theme focuses on communications and
performing and visual arts. Albany High's
upper-level classes in English, music and art are offered in
Academy and available to all students, as are Career and
Technical Education programs in cosmetology and career
and financial management.
Discovery Academy has a
state-of-the-art multimedia production facility that
includes equipment for music and video recording.
Discovery Academy also makes great use of Albany High's
existing theater, music and art spaces.
process -- Albany High shows solid progress
Oct. 31, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
announced that Albany High School was among 61 schools
identified under the state's receivership law that
showed "demonstrable improvement" in the past year.
High showed significant progress on performance measures
agreed to by the district and the state, the
commissioner said. Those measures included more students
passing Regents exams, a higher graduation rate,
improved safety, and improved attendance.
Elia based the demonstrable
improvement decisions primarily upon the degree to which
schools achieved their progress targets. Each school’s
Demonstrable Improvement Plan included a minimum of ten
indicators that were submitted by the superintendent
receiver and approved by the commissioner or selected by
the State Education Department for the school. According
to law, indicators could include student achievement and
growth on state measures; reduction in achievement gaps
among specific groups of students; graduation rates;
student attendance; suspension rates; student safety;
and parent and family engagement.
Later this year, Elia is
expected to announce which schools can be removed from
receivership based on meeting their progress targets.
School District of Albany and Albany High School, in
partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team,
have worked since the beginning of the 2015-16 school
year to meet the requirements of New York's receivership
law. At that time, Albany High was one of 144 New York
schools that met the definition of “struggling” or
“persistently struggling” under the new law. Albany High
was designated a struggling school because overall
student performance on state tests significantly lagged
behind other schools in the state for more than three
Please visit our Receivership
section for complete
updates on Albany High's efforts to meet these goals
during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
- Monday, Jan. 22-Thursday, Jan. 25
-- Regents exams
- Thursday, Jan. 25 --
Music Teacher Concert,
- Friday, Jan. 26 --
Second quarter ends
An Albany High School teacher has
joined the ranks of City School District of Albany
teachers recognized as STEM master teachers. Shannon
Stevenson, an English-as-a-new-language living
environment teacher, was recognized Oct. 18 in the
state’s STEM Master Teacher Program, celebrating her
work to deliver innovative science, technology,
engineering and math education to their students. (MORE)
Regents exams Jan. 22-25 -- Albany
High School will hold Regents exams in several
subjects beginning Monday and running through
Thursday, Jan. 25.
Click here for a test schedule. There will be no
classes at Albany High during Regents exams. All
students should return for a regular school day on
Friday, Jan. 26.
Good luck to all of our
Falcons bowling achievement
-- Albany High School freshman Jedrek Arasim had the
high game and second-highest series at the
Schenectady New Years Bowling Invitational on Jan.
avert critical blood shortage -- Albany
High School on Jan. 11 held a blood drive to help
avert critical blood shortages locally and
nationwide. Rolling up their sleeves alongside
students and staff were Mr. Eric Adams, husband of
Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, and Albany Mayor
Kathy Sheehan. (MORE)
Regents review underway -- Albany
High School began offering review classes on Jan. 8
to help students prepare for Regents exams at the
end of the month.
Click here for a complete schedule of review
classes and times. Testing begins Monday, Jan. 22.
2018-19 course books to be distributed Jan.
Albany High School students will receive course listing books in
homeroom on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5.
Students, please review the course books to prepare
for upcoming appointments to plan your schedule for
the next school year. Click on the highlighted text
a snapshot of next year's course offerings or to
the full course catalogue.You
also can view information
about Albany High's "Seal of Biliteracy" program for
students that can speak, understand and write in
more than one language. (MORE)
Albany High's Heller earns national distinction
-- Albany High School senior Max Heller was among
the short list of nominees for the 2018 U.S.
Presidential Scholars program that the New York
State Department of Education released Nov. 30. (MORE)
A dozen outstanding Albany High School vocalists and
instrumentalists have been selected from among top
local high-school musicians to perform in the
Suburban Council Music Festival. The annual festival
will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Columbia
High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush.
Musicians chosen for
Suburban Council Festival --
Ensembles will include a high-school band, chorus
and orchestra and a middle-school jazz band.
Congratulations to Albany High School senior Erin
Lippitt, who has earned an Advanced
Placement-Project Lead the Way Achievement in
Engineering award. She is one of some 3,000
students from throughout the United States to
receive the distinction from The College Board. (MORE)
Lady Falcons swim to sectionals
After one of its
strongest regular seasons in recent years, the
Albany High School girls’ swimming team will send 10
student-athletes to compete in 16 events at the
Section II Division I championships at Shenendehowa
on Nov. 3 and 4. (MORE)
Albany High teacher named
'STEM Master Teacher'
The health and safety of all students at Albany High
School and throughout the City School District of
Albany is a top priority for all of us. Please
click here to read an Oct. 18 letter from
Albany High Interim Principal Dale Getto with
important reminders for families regarding the
school's status as a closed campus. We appreciate
your cooperation and partnership in our efforts to
ensure the safety and well-being of every student,
Time to schedule senior
Attention Class of 2018, it's
time to schedule your senior photos!
Portraits will be taken between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
through July 21 at Lauren Studios, 50 Colvin Ave.
You can call Lauren Studios to make an appointment
at 866-696-8142. You also can make an appointment at
the prompts and create an online account. (MORE)
Regents review classes begin July 19
July 19, Albany High School will offer review
classes to help students prepare for Regents exams
Click here for a complete
schedule of review classes and times. Testing begins
Wednesday, Aug. 16 and runs through Thursday, Aug.
luck to all of our test-taking students!
Get an exam schedule and more here.
Lawson deemed 'Men of Valor'
Congratulations to Albany High School alums and
staffers Issac Cancer (’82) and Decky Lawson (’93)
for being named 2017 Men of Valor by the Frank
Chapman Memorial Institute. (MORE)
If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the Discovery Academy office
at (518) 475-6230 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.