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Albany High School - Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Focusing on global leadership in business, legal studies and politics

Grades 9-12


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

Phone: 475-6250

Fax: 475-6234


House Principal: Jennifer Houlihan

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

Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar

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

Home School Coordinator: Torrie Chapple-Chapman

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

Phone: 475-6255

Guidance Counselors: Kristi Koldis and Karen Moorby

E-mail: kkoldis@albany.k12.ny.us or kmoorby@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 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 Leadership Academy
The Leadership Academy theme focuses on civil and social responsibilities. Albany High's social studies and foreign language electives are offered in Leadership Academy (except Spanish 1, which is offered in all four academies) and are available to all students. So are Career and Technical Education programs in health services and occupations, nursing, emergency medical technician training, early childhood education and adolescent psychology, and Career Explorations programs in health and education.


A unique feature of Leadership Academy is a large-group instruction room designed to simulate the General Assembly Room at the United Nations. Students will use the U.N. Room for international debates, multimedia presentations, guest presentations and research.


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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