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
Career and Technical Center
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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,
have been working since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year to meet
the requirements of New York's new "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.
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 district's Board of Education to
appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing the district’s
ability to control future decisions about the school.
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 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
- Saturday, July 15 --
Summer Celebration and Safety Day, Krank
Park at First Ave., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 19 --
Parent University Summer Academy for incoming
freshmen: "Mindful Moments and Melt Your Stress
Away," 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26
Summer Academy for incoming freshmen: "Paint and
Chips," 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 2
Parent University Summer
Academy for incoming freshmen: "Everything AHS
and Scavenger Hunt," 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Parent University Summer
Academy for incoming freshmen: Falcon Freshman
Evening Celebration," 5-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Thursday, Aug.
17 -- Regents exams
- Tuesday, Sept. 5 -- First day of classes for freshmen only
- Wednesday, Sept. 6 -- First day of classes for sophomores, juniors and
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)
Albany High unveils Falcon Farms --
A grassy patch of land
tucked beside Albany High School has been
transformed into Falcon Farms, an organic garden and
outdoor classroom. And the teachers and
students who made it happen gathered on Wednesday
for an official opening and sampling of home-grown
Albany High musicians play Carnegie Hall --
a sure sign of success and talent when a musician plays Carnegie Hall. And three Albany High School musicians did just that
on Sunday in an Empire State Youth Orchestra performance at the famous
New York City concert hall. The students are
junior Mara Strich, who plays flute and piccolo, sophomore Elli Sol
Strich, who plays French horn, and junior Sofia Fasullo, who plays
clarinet and bass clarinet. (MORE)
Scholars' program recognizes three
outstanding seniors -- The Business and
Education Partnership has recognized three Albnay
High School seniors in the 2017 Scholars'
Recognition Program: Eileen Bequette, Ridhwana
Haxhillari and Nicholas Rosade. (MORE)
Twins selected for
prestigious summer language program in China --
Albany High School
and Taylor Kimbrough have been selected to
take part in the National Security Language
Initiative for Youth’s scholarship for language
study this summer in Chengdu, China. This
six-week course of study emphasizes language
instruction and cultural immersion. The program is
supported by the U.S. Department of State.
Both Sydney and Taylor will be attending
Northeastern University in Boston this fall and
majoring in international affairs.
Abrookin students explore fashion and
Students from Albany
High School's Abrookin Career and Technical
Center who participated in cosmetology teacher
LaQuita Love’s after-school “Cos-Computing” Club
continued that innovative work with an educational
and entertaining visit to New York City on May 5. (MORE)
Cosmetology Club to host Mother's Day Spa
Mom (or yourself!) to some high-end pampering at a bargain price on
May 13 during a Mother's Day Spa Day at Abrookin Career and Technical
Center. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon. Any two services are $20 and
the event is open to the community. (MORE)
Albany High inducts 78 into National Honor
high-achieving juniors were inducted into Albany High School's Arista
Chapter of the National Honor Society on May 2 and 24 of those
students received class awards.
To be eligible for National Honor Society, students must maintain an
overall academic average of 89.5 or higher.(MORE)
Theatre ensemble gets six nominations --
The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble’s 2017
production of “Oliver!” has garnered six nominations
for the first regional High School Musical Theatre
Awards, including best actor. Senior
Raphael Cohen, who played the role of world-class
scoundrel Fagin, was nominated best actor. Other
nominations the Theatre Ensemble received include
best musical, best ensemble chorus, best orchestra,
best set construction and best execution of
Albany High bands capture silver --
Albany High School’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band each earned a
at the New York State School Music Association’s Major Ensemble
The competition took place April 26
at Ballston Spa High School. Both
groups performed under the direction
of John Halvorsen. Performances are
graded as "bronze," "silver" and
"gold" and on a scale of I to VI,
with VI being the most difficult. (MORE)
Senior named Presidential
Albany High School senior Santos Otero has been named a
semifinalist in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
That means he is in the running to be one of up to 141 scholars from
throughout the country selected for the prestigious program, one of the
nation’s highest honors for high-school students. (MORE)
Albany High teacher joins PAL Hall of Fame
-- Congratulations to Albany High School physical
education teacher Ashley Chapple, whose hard work
and dedication to the youth of the city have earned
her an induction to the Albany Police Athletic
League (PAL) Hall of Fame. (MORE)
Math teachers earn prestigious state
recognition -- Four City School District of
Albany teachers, including three math teachers at
Albany High School, have been recognized in the
state's 2017 STEM Master Teacher Program. (MORE)
Masterminds team playoff-bound --
Congratulations to the Albany High School
Masterminds team for winning its division during the
regular season! The team went 10-2 and now is
preparing for the playoffs, which begin later this
Chefs-in-training vie for best at chili
Savor chili prepared by aspiring Albany High School
chefs and support disabled veterans at the same time
on Saturday at the annual Watervliet Chili Cook-off.
Two teams of students from Albany High’s culinary
program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center –
the Fiery Falcons and the Jalapeno Fireflies – have
spent the week preparing for the event, which will
be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dome,
located at 13th Street and Second Avenue in
Albany High jazz talent to be featured on
Ch. 18 during April --
The Albany High School Jazz Ensemble will celebrate
Jazz Appreciation Month with appearances throughout
April on Channel 18, one of Albany’s three public
access television stations. The ensemble will
perform on the show “Albany Tempo Spectrum,” which
will air at 5 p.m. Saturday. The show will run
Thursday-Sunday at 5 p.m. during the rest of the
Albany High junior recognized among region's
'Kids Who Care' -- Albany High junior Mat
Adler has been recognized by WNYT/Ch. 13 as one of
this school year's "13
Kids Who Care." Ch. 13 recognized Adler for his
volunteer work over the past three years with a
music instruction program at Boys and Girls clubs in
the Capital Region. His brother, Class of 2013
salutatorian Hillel Adler, started the program at
the Boys and Girls Club of Albany. The younger Adler
has expanded the program to also serve Schenectady
and Troy, recruiting additional high school
volunteers to support the effort.
Law firm showcases artwork of Albany High
When Phillips Lytle LLP first commissioned artwork
from Albany High School students to hang in its
downtown office, the initial intention was to select
only the three top paintings. After seeing the 12
beautiful works created by the 19 student artists
however, they elected instead to hang all dozen,
along with plaques recognizing the students. (MORE)
Juniors earn playwriting kudos --
Two Albany High School juniors
have received regional awards for scripts they wrote
from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Emma Colton-Heins and Cliodhna Thayer
each wrote a dramatic script that earned a Gold Key
award. Both their scripts have been submitted for
national review; national medalists will be
announced on March 14.
Cheer on Falcon robotics at RPI --
High School robotics team will
use 21st-century technology to meet a 19th-century
challenge at the 2017 New York Tech Valley Regional
FIRST Robotics Team competition.The
event will be held March 17-18 at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. Come cheer on the Falcon team
and its robot, Beta! (MORE)
Albany High jazz shines at area competition
High School jazz musicians played and sang their way
to silver ratings at the 13th Annual
Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival on Feb. 16.
Artists' work accepted in 3-D show --
Two Albany High School students have had their
artwork selected for the 2017
Art in Three Dimensions show.
The annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to
highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art
Fledgling junior ROTC drill team tapped to
compete in nationals -- Members of Albany
High School's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion junior
ROTC drill team will head to Louisville, Ky., at the
end of March to compete in the official Army junior
ROTC drill championships. (MORE)
Albany High senior wins silver at regional
piano competition -- Albany High School
junior Alexandra Sipos once again played her way to
the top at the 8th Annual Rachmaninoff
Piano Competition on Feb. 11 in downtown Albany.
Seniors tout IB opportunities --
Albany High School seniors Jacob Citone, Juliette Pluviose-Philip and
David Powell provided a presentation about the prestigious International
Baccalaureate program during the monthly Albany Roundtable civic
luncheon Feb. 8 at The University Club.
Please visit our District News section to read
more, or to learn more about the IB program please
contact your guidance counselor.
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
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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 -- 475-6230
Innovation Academy -- 475-6240
Leadership Academy -- 475-6250