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Albany High School

Four new academies. One great education.

Grades 9-12


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

Phone: 475-6200

Fax: 475-6202


Cecily Wilson-Turner, Principal


Phone: 475-6200

Michael Panetta, House Principal, Citizenship Academy


Phone: 475-6220

Jodi Commerford, House Principal, Discovery Academy


Phone: 475-6230

Julie Barber, House Principal, Innovation Academy


Phone: 475-6240

Jennifer Houlihan, House Principal, Leadership Academy


Phone: 475-6250

Dale Getto, House Principal, Abrookin Career and Technical Center


Phone: 475-6400


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Con-GRAD-ulations Class of 2014!!!!

Falcon Pride was on full display June 29 as the Albany High School Class of 2014 celebrated graduation at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.

From Class President Denis Leon urging that his classmates "never forget that unconquerable spirit that goes with being a Falcon," to the the familiar "Allll-bany" chant as the grads prepared to exit the auditorium as a class for the final time, the members of the Class of 2014 moved on to the next stage in their lives proud of the high school journey that helped them get here.

Forham-bound valedictorian Andrew Tarwerdi, a National Merit Scholarship recipient, and Cornell-bound salutatorian Elana Cohen also addressed their classmates. Visit our District News section to read more.

And, as Cohen noted -- Con-GRAD-ulations everyone!


Four new 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.


Albany 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 (CRED) program

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 to find out more.


Procedures for school delays

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. Click here for more information about these procedures and the daily class schedule when there is a two-hour delay. 


Upcoming events

  • Thursday, Sept. 4 -- First day of the 2014-15 school year.

2013-14 News

  • Seventy-six join National Honor Society -- Seventy-six high-achieving juniors were inducted into the Albany High School's Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 30. (MORE)

  • Select Choir delivers gold again -- For the third year in a row, the Albany High School Select Choir competed at the highest level and captured the gold. 

    Led by Director Brendan Hoffman, Albany High School's Select Choir earned a "gold" rating at the New York State School Music Association's Choral Festival April 22 at Bethlehem High School. (MORE)

  • Albany High senior earns Jefferson Award -For the second year in a row, an Albany High School senior has been named a Jefferson Awards medalist. This year's recipient, Zilpa Oduor, is one of five Capital Region residents who advanced to the medalist level for the award, which honors volunteerism and public service in communities across the country.(MORE)
  • Albany High artists' work chosen for regional show -- Three drawings, two pieces of sculpture and a photo by Albany High School students all have been accepted for review in the 15th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition. (MORE)
  • Senior earns National Merit finalist ranking -- Albany High School senior Andrew Tarwerdi has been named a finalist in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking him among the top students in the United States. (MORE)
  • Winter varsity teams earn scholar-athlete kudos -- Four winter varsity teams at Albany High School have received scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. (MORE)

  • Albany High educator named 'Top Teacher' -- Albany High School music teacher Brendan Hoffman has been selected by WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region. He is one of two Albany High teachers to be recognized this year among 13 of the area's best. They were chosen from among more than 200 nominated. (MORE)

  • District makes AP honor roll -- The City School District of Albany has made the annual Advanced Placement honor roll, one of only two districts in the Capital Region and 477 in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction. The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high-school students with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in some cases earn college credit. (MORE) 

  • New community centers bolster students and families -- The City School District of Albany has partnered with the State University of New York’s Office of the Education Pipeline and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany to provide new after-school programs for 400 students, including 100 ninth-graders at Albany High School. (MORE)

  • Program to discuss services for transitioning students -- The City School District of Albany's Special Education Department will host a Nov. 6 program about services for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to college or career. The program will be held from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Albany High School media center. (MORE)

  • Falcon pride on display during Homecoming, Hall of Fame weekend -- Six new members enshrined in the Hall of Fame. A large and enthusiastic turnout for the Homecoming parade. Gorgeous fall weather. A near-miss by the Albany High School football team. It was almost a perfect weekend as Albany High and the City School District of Albany celebrated the Homecoming and Hall of Fame 2013. The weekend began with an Oct. 17 pep rally at Albany High. Festivities continued at the Oct. 18 Hall of Fame dinner and inductions, which drew some 125 people. (MORE)

  • Albany High seniors named National Merit semifinalist, commended scholar -- An Albany High School senior has been named a semifinalist in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking him among top students in the United States.(MORE)

  • District launches new monthly TV program -- The City School District of Albany is launching a new monthly television program on Channel Albany/Channel 18, one of the city’s new public-access channels. The first edition of “Capital Education” airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. (MORE)

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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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