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Albany High School - Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy

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

Grades 9-12


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

Theme Coordinator: Brigid Dodson

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

Home School Coordinator: TBD

E-mail: TBD

Phone: 475-6245

Guidance Counselors: Marty Anderson and Melanie Roman

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

Phone: 475-6260


Visit Albany High School's website

Visit the Albany High School Counseling Center website

Visit the Parent-Teacher-Student Association website


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 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.


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 -- Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) meeting, media center, 6:45 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 -- Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) meeting, media center, 6:45 p.m.

2013-14 News

  • Con-GRAD-ulations Class of 2014! -- Falcon Pride was on full display June 29 as the Albany High School Class of 2014 celebrated graduation at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena. From Class President Denis Leon urging that his classmates "never forget that unconquerable spirit that goes with being a Falcon," to the the familiar "Allll-bany" chant as the grads prepared to exit the auditorium as a class for the final time, the members of the Class of 2014 moved on to the next stage in their lives proud of the high school journey that helped them get here. Forham-bound valedictorian Andrew Tarwerdi, a National Merit Scholarship recipient, and Cornell-bound salutatorian Elana Cohen also addressed their classmates. Visit our District News section to read more. And, as Cohen noted -- Con-GRAD-ulations everyone!

  • Select Choir delivers gold again -- For the third year in a row, the Albany High School Select Choir competed at the highest level and captured the gold. 

    Led by Director Brendan Hoffman, Albany High School's Select Choir earned a "gold" rating at the New York State School Music Association's Choral Festival April 22 at Bethlehem High School. (MORE)

  • Albany High senior earns Jefferson Award -For the second year in a row, an Albany High School senior has been named a Jefferson Awards medalist. This year's recipient, Zilpa Oduor, is one of five Capital Region residents who advanced to the medalist level for the award, which honors volunteerism and public service in communities across the country.(MORE)
  • Albany High artists' work chosen for regional show -- Three drawings, two pieces of sculpture and a photo by Albany High School students all have been accepted for review in the 15th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition. (MORE)
  • Senior earns National Merit finalist ranking -- Albany High School senior Andrew Tarwerdi has been named a finalist in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking him among the top students in the United States. (MORE)
  • Winter varsity teams earn scholar-athlete kudos -- Four winter varsity teams at Albany High School have received scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. (MORE)

  • 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)

  • 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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