Albany High School
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203
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Dale Getto, Acting Principal
Academy -- Michael Elliott
Academy -- Julie Barber
Academy -- William Rivers
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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 Elliott as interim house principal of Discovery
Academy. Elliott 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.
Four unique academies. One great education.
Albany High School is a
comprehensive high school that serves about 2,500
students. With students
from more than 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 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.
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
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
Monday, Jan. 16
-- Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no
Clutch, 10-11 a.m.
Information Night, 6 p.m.
21 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.
Jan.24-Friday, Jan. 27 -- Regents
26 -- Music Teacher Concert/Albany
Friends of Music Fundraiser, 7 p.m.
Big Ten Wrestling Tournament, 9 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 30
-- Superintendent's Conference Day, no
school for students
Saturday, Feb. 4
-- Winter Guard Home Show, 4:30 p.m.
8 -- Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night,
Monday, Feb. 13
15 -- Parent Coffee Clutch,
20-Friday, Feb. 24 -- Winter Recess,
Albany High tops blood-donation record --
High School students and staff on Thursday rolled up
their sleeves to donate a record amount of
life-saving blood to the local American Red Cross.
And senior Peggy
Abdul-Korah, the driving force behind this year’s
blood drives, will earn a $2,500 scholarship from
the Red Cross. (MORE)
Falcon gets fabulous new plumage --
When Albany High School needed a new mascot costume,
students in Lisa Osterman’s school-to-work class
channeled their Falcon pride and did something about
They raised money for, chose and purchased a new
Falcon costume that arrived during the recently ended holiday break. The
new bird in town has yet to make its debut at a game or school event,
but it is a formidable creature sporting bright blue-and-white plumage.
Leadership changes at Albany High School --
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 his or her academy office 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.
You can reach the academies at the following phone
Citizenship Academy -- 475-6220
Discovery Academy -- 475-6230
Innovation Academy -- 475-6240
Leadership Academy -- 475-6250