Albany High School
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203
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Phone: (518) 475-6200
Fax: (518) 475-6202
Jodi Commerford, Principal
Phone: (518) 475-6200
Academy -- Suzann Cornell
Phone: (518) 475-6220
Academy -- Michael Elliott
Phone: (518) 475-6230
Academy -- Julie Barber
Phone: (518) 475-6240
Academy -- Jason Breh
Phone: (518) 475-6250
Career and Technical Center
Phone: (518) 475-6400
Albany High's website
Albany High Counseling Center website
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Visit the Albany High Prisms Yearbook website
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.
-- Albany High shows solid progress
Oct. 31, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
announced that Albany High School was among 61 schools
identified under the state's receivership law that
showed "demonstrable improvement" in the past year.
Albany High showed significant progress on performance
measures agreed to by the district and the state, the
commissioner said. Those measures included more students
passing Regents exams, a higher graduation rate,
improved safety, and improved attendance.
Elia based the demonstrable
improvement decisions primarily upon the degree to which
schools achieved their progress targets. Each school’s
Demonstrable Improvement Plan included a minimum of ten
indicators that were submitted by the superintendent
receiver and approved by the commissioner or selected by
the State Education Department for the school. According
to law, indicators could include student
achievement and growth on state measures; reduction in
achievement gaps among specific groups of students;
graduation rates; student attendance; suspension rates;
student safety; and parent and family engagement.
Later this year, Elia is
expected to announce which schools can be removed from
receivership based on meeting their progress targets.
The City School District of Albany and Albany High School, in
partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team,
have worked since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to meet
the requirements of New York's receivership law. At that time,
Albany High was one of 144 New York schools that met
the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling”
under the new 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.
Please visit our
Receivership section for complete updates on Albany
High's efforts to meet these goals during the 2015-16
and 2016-17 school years.
Albany High's Online Success Program (OSP)
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 Online Success Program (OSP).
OSP 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 OSP 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, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23
-- Winter Recess, no school
- Friday, March 2 --
Third-quarter interim marking period ends
- Monday, March 5 -- JV and
varsity spring sports begin
- Wednesday, March 7 --
All-City Chorus Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers
Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
-- Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night,
- Saturday, March 10 -- SAT
exam, 8 a.m.
- Monday, March 12
- PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.
- Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.
- Thursday, March 15 --
Spring musical "Hairspray!," 7 p.m.
- Friday, March 16 -- Spring
musical "Hairspray!," 7 p.m.
- Saturday, March 17 --
Spring musical "Hairspray!," 7 p.m.
- Sunday, March 18
-- Spring musical "Hairspray!," 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 21
- Parent Coffee Clutch, 8-9 a.m.
- All-City Band Concert, Stephen and
Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 22 --
Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Saturday, March 24
- New York State School Music Association
Festival, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle
School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Winter Guard Home Show, 3:30-8:30
- Tuesday, March 27 -- Autism
Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7
p.m. (open to all Capital Region families living
with autism spectrum disorder)
Jazz bands go home
with gold --
Jazzmanian Devils – Albany High School’s advanced and intermediate jazz
bands – both received the highest rankings Thursday at the 15th
annual Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival. Under the direction of Albany High music teacher
John Halvorsen, each ensemble earned a Gold ranking from four judges who
are masters in jazz performance. (MORE)
National Merit finalists --
Albany High School seniors Matan Adler and Max
Heller have been named finalists in the competition
for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking
them among the best students in the United States.
The two are among some 15,000 finalists – among the
top one percent of high school students nationwide –
vying for the scholarship in 2018. (MORE)
Winter scholar-athletes earn state
More than 50 members
of Albany High School’s winter varsity athletic
teams have earned scholar-athlete recognition
from the New York State Public High School
Athletic Association. The student-athletes each
maintained an academic average of 90 or higher
during the second marking period this school
Lawson passes century mark --
Decky Lawson got a special
shout-out Feb. 13 for hitting a 100-win
milestone in his six-year career coaching Albany
High School girls’ varsity basketball.
And he was presented with a commemorative ball
before a scrimmage against a team from Marks
High School in Skene, Sweden.
Albany High student-athletes break the
ice -- In the beginning, everyone was a
stranger. Every practice was a road trip. And as
the cold weeks and months passed, unfortunately
almost every game turned into a loss. So how did
it feel to be the first Albany High School
student-athletes to play high school hockey?
C’mon … it was hockey! (MORE)
JROTC cadets earn
spots at Girls State -- Albany High School
JROTC cadets Irene Nelson and Christina Black will
represent the City School District of Albany this
summer at the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary Empire
Girls State program. (MORE)
Falcons bowling achievement
-- Albany High School freshman Jedrek Arasim had the
high game and second-highest series at the
Schenectady New Years Bowling Invitational on Jan.
Drive helps avert critical blood shortage --
Albany High School
on Jan. 11 held a blood drive to help avert critical
blood shortages locally and nationwide. Rolling up
their sleeves alongside students and staff were Mr.
Eric Adams, husband of Superintendent Kaweeda G.
Adams, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. (MORE)
Regents review underway --
High School began offering review classes on Jan. 8
to help students prepare for Regents exams at the
end of the month.
Click here for a complete schedule of review
classes and times. Testing begins Monday, Jan. 22. (MORE)
2018-19 course books to be distributed Jan.
Albany High School students will receive course listing books in
homeroom on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5.
Students, please review the course books to prepare
for upcoming appointments to plan your schedule for
the next school year. Click on the highlighted text
a snapshot of next year's course offerings or to
the full course catalogue.
You also can view information
here about Albany High's "Seal of Biliteracy"
program for students can speak, understand and write
in more than one language.
Albany High's Heller earns national distinction
-- Albany High School senior Max Heller was among
the short list of nominees for the 2018 U.S.
Presidential Scholars program that the New York
State Department of Education released Nov. 30. (MORE)
for Suburban Council Festival --
A dozen outstanding Albany High School vocalists and
instrumentalists have been selected from among top
local high-school musicians to perform in the
Suburban Council Music Festival. The annual festival
will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Columbia
High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush.
Ensembles will include a high-school band, chorus
and orchestra and a middle-school jazz band.
engineering distinction --
Congratulations to Albany
High School senior Erin Lippitt, who has earned an Advanced
Placement-Project Lead the Way Achievement in Engineering award.
She is one of some 3,000 students from throughout
the United States to receive the distinction from
The College Board. (MORE)
Lady Falcons swim to sectionals
After one of its
strongest regular seasons in recent years, the
Albany High School girls’ swimming team will send 10
student-athletes to compete in 16 events at the
Section II Division I championships at Shenendehowa
on Nov. 3 and 4. (MORE)
Albany High teacher named 'STEM Master Teacher'
An Albany High
School teacher has joined the ranks of City School
District of Albany teachers recognized as STEM
master teachers. Shannon Stevenson, an
English-as-a-new-language living environment
teacher, was recognized Oct. 18 in the state’s STEM
Master Teacher Program, celebrating her work to
deliver innovative science, technology, engineering
and math education to their students. (MORE)
reminders -- The health and safety of all
students at Albany High School and throughout the
City School District of Albany is a top priority for
all of us. Please
to read an Oct. 18 letter from
Albany High Interim Principal Dale Getto with
important reminders for families regarding the
school's status as a closed campus. We appreciate
your cooperation and partnership in our efforts to
ensure the safety and well-being of every student,
Time to schedule senior
Attention Class of 2018, it's time to schedule your
senior photos! Portraits will be taken
between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. through July 21 at Lauren
Studios, 50 Colvin Ave. You can call Lauren Studios
to make an appointment at 866-696-8142. You also can
make an appointment at
follow the prompts and
create an online account. (MORE)
Regents review classes begin July 19
July 19, Albany High School will offer review
classes to help students prepare for Regents exams
Click here for a complete
schedule of review classes and times. Testing begins
Wednesday, Aug. 16 and runs through Thursday, Aug.
17. Good luck to
all of our test-taking students!
Get an exam schedule and more here.
Lawson deemed 'Men of Valor'
Congratulations to Albany High
School alums and staffers Issac Cancer (’82) and
Decky Lawson (’93) for being named 2017 Men of Valor
by the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute. (MORE)
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
Discovery Academy --
Innovation Academy --
Leadership Academy --