Albany High School
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203
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Dale Getto, Acting Principal
Academy -- Jodi O'Connor
Academy -- Julie Barber
Academy -- Jennifer Houlihan
Career and Technical Center
Interim House Principal
Albany High School's website
Albany High School Counseling Center website
Receivership process moves forward
The City School District of Albany and Albany High School, in
partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team,
have submitted required documents to the State Education Department to
move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all students.
Albany High is one of 144 New York schools that meet
the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling”
in a recent 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 two years to show progress.
The state will set "demonstrable improvement"
guidelines for each school. If a school does not meet those goals
during that 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.
"I want to recognize the
heroic efforts of our Community Engagement Teams and the leadership of
our principals for getting us through these first stages of this process
on schedule," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. "We
are in good shape to meet the challenges ahead of us."
Follow the links below to download the documents
New leader for 2015-16
Albany High School has a new leader for 2015-16.
Veteran administrator Dale
Getto is Albany High's acting principal,
replacing Cecily Wilson-Turner, who has been promoted to
assistant superintendent for instruction.
Getto has been at Albany High
since 2010, serving as school improvement manager for
four years and as principal at Abrookin Career and
Technical Center for most of the 2014-15 school year.
She stepped in as Albany High's acting principal in May
when Wilson-Turner went on maternity leave, and
officially became the school's new leader when the board
approved Wilson-Turner's promotion July 16.
The City School District of
Albany also has hired Andrea Marques as the new
interim house principal at Abrookin.
Before moving to Albany High,
Getto served as principal at North Albany Academy for
five years. North Albany is the district's only school
that serves students from prekindergarten through eighth
grade. She was an administrator for four years prior to
that at Abrookin and William S. Hackett Middle School,
and the district's first behavioral specialist from
1997-2001. She began her career with the district as a
teacher for 10 years at Giffen Memorial
Elementary School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH).
Four unique academies. One great education.
Albany High School is a
comprehensive high school that serves approximately 2,300
students. With students
from 40 countries and rich academic programming, Albany
High’s halls, classes and culture reflect the richness
of a world-class university setting.
High features four smaller learning communities, or
academies -- Citizenship, Discovery, Innovation and
Leadership. Each academy offers the same core
courses in English, math, science and social studies,
and electives are grouped in relation to each
academy's unique theme. However, all students are
able to choose electives outside of their academy,
selecting from the full scope of Albany High's rich and
diverse course offerings.
The goal of this new structure is to raise achievement
for all students by increasing academic rigor and
providing smaller learning environments with extra
supports. Through extensive and ongoing training for
teachers and administrators, Albany High will work
through this new academy structure to motivate every
student in an environment that challenges their
intellect and nurtures their development. A full range
of special-education and English-as-a-Second-Language
services are provided in all four academies, and the
Abrookin Career and Technical Center continues to
offer all Career and Technical Education courses.
Albany High's Credit Recovery Extended Day
It is with enthusiasm and commitment to academic
improvement that Albany High School presents a unique
and unprecedented opportunity for students to enroll in
the Credit Recovery Extended Day (CRED) program.
CRED provides students
a chance to recover course credit and seat time from
previous marking periods. As
educators, we believe in the importance of what we
teach, but mostly, we believe in who we teach.
This opportunity will allow educators, parents
and students to enter a contract that, if upheld, will
allow students to earn back course credit, and
ultimately, improve academic achievement.
Visit our CRED section
Procedures for school
Throughout the school year, and
especially during the months of wintry weather, Albany
High School follows a specific schedule when a two-hour
delay is required at the start of school.
for more information about these procedures
and the daily class schedule when there is a two-hour
3 -- FAFSA (college financial-aid
form) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6
-- Winter Guard Home Show, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8
-- PTSA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Spa Day at Abrookin, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
15-Friday, Feb. 19 -- Winter Recess,
24 -- FAFSA (college financial-aid
form) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
Albany High blood drive a winner --
Albany High School students and staff topped their
blood-donation goal on Thursday, with the Red Cross
collecting 113 pints of life-saving blood.
And that means Osama Ali and Liz John, the
two Albany High seniors coordinating the school’s
blood-donation efforts this year, will evenly split
a $2,500 scholarship from the American Red Cross
High School Scholarship Program.
Robotics Team receives grant --
Albany High School Robotics Team received a great
holiday gift on Dec. 18 – a check for $12,500. (MORE)
Albany High co-stars in new film -- A locally produced film shot partly at Albany
High School has been selected to compete in the prestigious 2016
Sundance Film Festival. Scenes for “As You Are” were filmed at
several Capital Region locations earlier this fall, including two
days at Albany High featuring students as extras. Check out the Dec.
Union to read more.
Albany High black belt earns international
Congratulations to Albany High
School freshman Claire Patnaude, who recently earned
a silver medal at the 2015 International Karate-Do
Championships in Hawaii.(MORE)
Academy lottery applications available
-- Applications are available for students
who wish to change their academy assignment. (MORE)
Construction officially underway for new
Albany High athletic field --
Construction officially got
underway for Albany High School's new athletic field
July 21 with a groundbreaking ceremony that
celebrated the historic significance of the project
for the community and the teamwork that helped get
it done. (MORE)
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 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.