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Albany High School

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


Cecily Wilson-Turner, Principal


Phone: 475-6200

Michael Panetta, House Principal-Operations


Phone: 475-6200


Academy Principals

Citizenship Academy -- John Rivers, Ed.D.


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 -- Dale Getto


Phone: 475-6400


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Visit the Parent-Teacher-Student Association website


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, Feb. 25 -- College Aid and Tax Help Night for seniors and their families. Get help from experts with completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and with filing state and federal taxes. 4-7 p.m. Registration required; call 475-6260.

  • Wednesday, March 4 -- All-City Chorus Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.

  • Friday, March 6 -- Third-quarter interim marking period ends

  • Monday, March 9

    • PTSA meeting/school-based budget presentation II, 6:45 p.m.

    • Varsity and JV spring sports begin

  • Wednesday, March 11 -- All-City Band Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 14 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Wednesday, March 18 -- Author Ruth Sepety visits, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 19 -- Spring Musical, "Annie," 7 p.m.

  • Friday, March 20 -- Spring Musical, "Annie," 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 21

    • New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Festival, Hackett Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    • Spring Musical, "Annie," 7 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 22 -- Spring Musical, "Annie," 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 25 -- All-City Strings Concert, Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.

2014-15 News

  • Coleman, Johnson win events at 2015 indoor track and field sectionals -- Jahari Coleman cemented her position  as the fastest student-athlete in Section II girls' track and field Feb. 21 with a pair of sprint victories at the Division I indoor championships at the University at Albany. (MORE)

  • Young tops sectional bowling tournament with best three-game series -- Freshman Jahlil Young rolled the best three-game set in the Section II Class A bowling tournament Feb. 11, helping Albany High School rally to a strong sixth-place finish. (MORE)

  • Artists' work chosen for regional show -- Three works by Albany High School students have been accepted for review in the 16th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition, opening Feb. 12 at the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose, will feature works by 104 high school students from 21 Capital Region school districts. (MORE)

  • Automotive Technology students get a behind-the-scenes look at Monster Jam -- Students in the Automotive Technology program at Albany High's Abrookin Career and Technical Center visited the Times Union Center on Jan. 16 for a behind-the-scenes look at Monster Jam. Check out photos in the Jan. 17 Times Union.

  • Presidential Scholar finalist at Albany High -- An Albany High School senior is one of 10 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program finalists from New York state. Isabel Pottinger, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, has a stellar resume of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. (MORE) 

  • District students 'Creative Expressions' winners -- Two Albany High students were among seven City School District of Albany students named winners in the 19th annual Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest sponsored by the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. They were among 28 winners selected out of more than 300 contest entries from area schools. (MORE)

  • Albany High teacher earns prestigious national certification -- Albany High School English teacher Brian Huskie has earned certification through the highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards. NBTS develops rigorous standards for teaching and certifies teachers who meet those standards. (MORE)

  • Albany High students assist fire-damaged refugee center -- Sixteen students from Albany High School’s English as a New Language program joined City School District of Albany staff to collect and deliver community donations of baby food to Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus on Dec. 19. (MORE)

  • A message from new Albany High football coach Joey DiPiazza -- As the new head football coach at Albany High School, I wanted to take a moent and explain my coaching philosophy and the expectations of student-athletes in the program. (MORE)

  • State lauds program for students with disabilities -- Albany High School on Nov. 6 will receive the 2014 Youth Transition Award for New York State – the only school to receive the award this year. The Youth Transition Award from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities recognizes programs that successfully transition students with disabilities from high school into the workforce. (MORE)

  • Students make state ensembles -- Four Albany High students have been selected to perform in All-State ensembles of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) in December. (MORE)

  • Albany High lottery applications available -- Applications are available online for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School's four academies for the 2015-16 school year. Click here to download one. (MORE)

  • Online access to student progress -- It’s easy for parents and guardians to keep track of any middle- or high-school student’s progress thanks to an online information system maintained by the City School District of Albany. Using the district’s PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can follow your child’s assignments, attendance, grades on tests and quizzes and more. (MORE)

  • Albany High students take next step to college -- One word said it all for each of Albany High School’s 2,300 students on Oct. 15 – college. From college field trips for every freshman to free PSATs and SATs for every sophomore, junior and senior, everyone’s focus was the next step on the path toward college and the workforce. (MORE)

  • Albany High earns regional Red Cross award -- The New York-Penn Region American Red Cross has recognized Albany High School with an award for exemplary commitment to blood donation. Each year, Albany High hosts three blood drives run by a student coordinator and overseen by faculty advisers. Each year, the school has met or exceeded its goal of the number of life-saving pints donated by students, staff and others. (MORE)

  • Albany High seniors get National Merit recognition -- Five Albany High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors are Isaac “Ravi” Brenner, Clare Criscione, Olivia Parker, Isaac Rosen and Isaac Young. They scored in the top five percent of the 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during junior year. Congratulations to them! 

  • Marching Falcons Ireland-bound -- Next St. Patrick’s Day, the Albany Marching Falcons will get their Irish up in the capital city of the Emerald Isle itself.  

    At the invitation of Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, the City School District of Albany’s marching band and color guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. (MORE)

  • Albany High students reap multicultural achievement honors -- Thirty-seven Albany High School seniors will be honored Saturday as recipients of the University at Albany's 2014 Multicultural High School Achievers Award. (MORE)

  • Free breakfast, lunch for all district students -- All City School District of Albany students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at their school during the 2014-15 school year.(MORE)

  • New Citizenship principal for 2014-15 -- Veteran educator and administrator John Rivers, Ed.D., will be the new Citizenship Academy principal at Albany High School for 2014-15. Dr. Rivers has been an educator for 27 years, the last 17 as an administrator. He officially begins Sept. 22. Visit the Citizenship Academy page to read 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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