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700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
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House Principal: William Rivers
Assistant House Principal: Suzann Cornell
Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar
Home School Coordinator: Torrie Chapple-Chapman
Guidance Counselors: Kristi Koldis and Karen Moorby
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New operations and
Discovery Academy leaders in 2016-17
Albany High School alum Jodi O'Connor is now
operations principal of her alma mater.
The Board of Education appointed
O'Connor, Class of '93, on Sept. 1. She will fill a
position that had been vacant since January, when
Michael Panetta was appointed interim principal at
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.
O’Connor was house principal of
Albany High’s Discovery Academy for the last four years.
Before that, she was a substitute principal for three
months at Pine Hills Elementary School and taught at the
former School 19/New Scotland Elementary School from
As operations principal,
O’Connor will oversee implementation of the district’s
new Code of Conduct and the realignment of student
support at the school. She also will monitor attendance
and discipline data and is responsible for the safety
and welfare of students and staff.
The board also appointed
Michael Elliot as interim house principal of Discovery
Academy. Elliot joined the district in 2002 and taught
social studies at William S. Hackett Middle School then
North Albany Academy. In 2011, he moved to Albany High
School and taught there for two years before becoming a
building data coach then the district’s data coach.
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.
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.
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.
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
7 -- Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8
-- 2017-18 academy lottery, 10
10 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 12
Clutch, 10-11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 26
- Monday, Jan. 2 -- Holiday Recess,
Leadership changes at Albany
-- Albany High School alum
Jodi O'Connor is now operations principal of her
alma mater. The
Board of Education appointed O'Connor, Class of '93,
on Sept.1. She will fill a position that had been
vacant since January, when Michael Panetta was
appointed interim principal at Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School.
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
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
If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the Leadership Academy office
at 475-6250 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.