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Albany High School

Download an application for the 2016-17 academy lottery

Four unique academies. One great education.

Grades 9-12


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

Phone: 475-6200

Fax: 475-6202


Dale Getto, Acting Principal


Phone: 475-6200

Michael Panetta, House Principal-Operations


Phone: 475-6200


Academy Principals

Citizenship Academy -- Ken Cioffi


Phone: 475-6220

Discovery Academy -- Jodi O'Connor


Phone: 475-6230

Innovation Academy -- Julie Barber


Phone: 475-6240

Leadership Academy -- Jennifer Houlihan


Phone: 475-6250


Abrookin Career and Technical Center -- Andrea Marques, Interim House Principal


Phone: 475-6400


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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.


The school 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.


During fall 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 submitted.

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.


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

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 -- Parent-Teacher Conference Day, no school for students

  • Thursday, Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving day, no school

  • Friday, Nov. 27 -- Thanksgiving recess, no school

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 -- Winter Concert featuring Albanettes, Jazz Ensembles, Men's Ensemble, String Quartet, 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 -- Financial Aid Night, 6:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Dec. 5 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Monday,, Dec. 7 -- PTSA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 9 -- Winter Concert featuring Vocal Music, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, 7 p.m.

  • Friday, Dec. 11 -- Second-quarter interim marking period ends

  • Saturday, Dec. 12 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16

    • Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

    • Winter Concert featuring Advanced Orchestra, Select Choir, Wind Ensemble, 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan. 1 -- Holiday recess, no school

2015-16 news

  • 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 Gallery.

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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