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Albany School of Humanities


Albany School of Humanities (ASH)

Prekindergarten-Grade 6


108 Whitehall Road, Albany, NY 12209(click here for directions)
Phone: 475-6575
Fax: 475-6577


C. Fred Engelhardt Jr., Principal



Check out ASH at Jan. 22 open house!

Albany School of Humanities (ASH) will hold an open house on Thursday, Jan. 22 to give families a chance to learn about the exciting and innovative programs offered at the school.


The open house will be held from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, located at 108 Whitehall Road.


ASH is open to children throughout Albany. Admission is determined by two lotteries: one for prekindergarteners and one for older students. Click here for information about applying for the lotteries, which will be held March 3.


About Albany School of Humanities
One of three magnet schools in the City School District of Albany, the mission of Albany School of Humanities (ASH) is to educate all students to be lifelong learners, capable decision-makers and positive contributors to their community. The humanities approach provides students with an overview of diverse cultures. Students are taught using an innovative curriculum that incorporates the arts into daily teaching and learning activities.


For more information about ASH, other magnet programs and the application process, please contact the district's Magnet Office at 475-6551.


School times

  • Building opens and breakfast begins -- 7:40 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 8 a.m.

  • School day ends -- 2:30 p.m.

  • After-school child care ends -- 5:30 p.m.

Points of distinction

  • Full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten

  • New York state Blue Ribbon School of Excellence -- 1995

  • Teacher quality partnership with the University at Albany

  • After-school child care offered

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20
    • 2015-16 magnet school and prekindergarten lottery applications available
    • PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22 -- ASH Magnet Elementary School Open House, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 30 -- Superintendent's Conference Day, no school
  • Friday, Feb. 6 -- National Go Red Day
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10 -- PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 16-Friday, Feb. 20 -- Winter Recess, no school
  • Friday, Feb.  20 -- Deadline to submit applications for the 2015-16 prekindergarten lottery, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 -- Black History Celebration, 9-11:30 a.m.

News and information

  • Bullying prevention focus of poster contest -- During the next month, fourth- and fifth-graders in the City School District of Albany will have the opportunity to show off their bully-prevention smarts and their artistic skills in a poster contest. And the winning work will be featured on a billboard on I-90. (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)

  • Click here to visit the City School District of Albany's online Photo Gallery.

Absence from school

If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school at 462-7258 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.






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