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Albany High School

Albany High School

Four unique academies. One great education.

Grades 9-12

 

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

Phone: (518) 475-6200

Fax: (518) 475-6202

 

Dale Getto, Interim Principal

E-mail: dgetto@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6200

Jodi O'Connor, Vice Principal

E-mail: joconnor@albany.k12.ny.us

 

Academy Principals

Citizenship Academy -- Suzann Cornell

Email: scornell@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6220

Discovery Academy -- Michael Elliott

E-mail: melliott@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6230

Innovation Academy -- Julie Barber

E-mail: jbarber@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6240

Leadership Academy -- Jason Breh

E-mail: jbreh@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6250

 

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

E-mail: amarques@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6400

 

Visit Albany High's website

Visit the Albany High Counseling Center website

Visit the Albany High Theatre Ensemble website

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.

 

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 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.

 

Receivership process -- Albany High shows solid progress

On 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 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, Dec. 20 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 8-9 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 25-Monday, Jan. 1 -- Holiday Recess, no school
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 -- College Information Night, 6 p.m.

 

2017-18 news

  • 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)

  • Musicians chosen 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. (MORE)

  • Senior earns 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)

  • Student safety 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 click here 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, every day.

  • Time to schedule senior portraits -- 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 www.LaurenStudios.com; follow the prompts and create an online account. (MORE)

  • Regents review classes begin July 19Starting July 19, Albany High School will offer review classes to help students prepare for Regents exams in mid-August. 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.

  • Cancer, 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)

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 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 numbers:

  • Citizenship Academy -- (518) 475-6220

  • Discovery Academy -- (518) 475-6230

  • Innovation Academy -- (518) 475-6240

  • Leadership Academy -- (518) 475-6250

 

 

 

 

 

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