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Albany High School - Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy

Focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Grades 9-12

Click here for a fall school-supplies list

 

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

Phone: 475-6240

Fax: 475-6242

 

House Principal: Julie Barber

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

Assistant House Principal: Jason Breh

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

Home School Coordinator: Deon Thomas

E-mail: dthomas2@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6245

Guidance Counselors: Marty Anderson and Ryan Whitcher

E-mail: manderson@albany.k12.ny.us or rwhitcher@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6260

 

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About Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy theme focuses on science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM. Albany High's science electives are offered in Innovation Academy and available to all students, as are Career and Technical Education programs in woodworking, carpentry, construction, car care and automotive technology, transportations systems, computer networking, electrical technology and home electronics. Career Explorations programs in engineering also are offered through Innovation Academy.

 

A unique feature of Innovation Academy is a mock clean room that simulates the lab associated with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Clean rooms are used in fields sensitive to environmental contamination, including semiconductor manufacturing, biotechnology and the life sciences.

 

Receivership process

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 during the 2015-16 school year to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all students.

 

In 2015, Albany High was one of 144 New York schools that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling” in a new state 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 years.

 

The school has until the end of the 2016-17 school year to show progress. The state has set "demonstrable improvement" guidelines for each school. If a school does not meet those goals during the allotted time, the state will require the Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing the district’s ability to control future decisions about the school.

 

During fall 2015, the district submitted a community engagement plan, public notification template and supporting evidence to State Ed for Albany High, as well as a continuation plan and indicators for demonstrable improvement. Follow the links below to download the documents submitted.

Upcoming events

  • Monday, Aug. 15 -- Fall varsity, JV and freshman sports begin

  • Monday, Sept. 5 -- Labor Day, no school

  • Tuesday, Sept. 6 -- First day of school, FRESHMEN ONLY.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 7 -- First day of school for all students.

  • Monday, Sept. 12

    • PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.

    • Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 15 -- Open House, 6 p.m.

  • Friday, Sept. 16 -- Hall of Fame Dinner and Inductions, Italian-American Community Center, 6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sept. 17

    • Wall of Fame Ceremony, 11 a.m.

    • Homecoming Parade, noon

    • Homecoming Game, 1:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

  • Sunday, Sept. 25 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park

    • 5K Race, 9:30 a.m.

    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 29 -- College Fair, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

2016-17 news

  • New assistant principals for 2016-17 -- The Board of Education has appointed Jason Breh and Suzann Cornell to the new positions of assistant house principals at Albany High. The district converted two existing office-assigned teacher positions to assistant principals for 2016-17 to provide additional administrative support at the 2,500-student school. Please visit our District News section to read more about Albany High's newest administrators.

  • Falcons football program adds veteran college assistant coach -- Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza added significant experience and leadership to his staff July 14 with the addition of former University at Albany defensive guru Mike Simpson.

  • Click here to see the City School District of Albany's online Photo Gallery.

School times

  • Breakfast begins at 7:20 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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