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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: 462-7258
Fax: 462-7265


C. Fred Engelhardt Jr., Principal



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

  • Friday, April 11 -- Magnet-elementary school and prekindergarten lotteries at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, April 14-Friday, April 18 -- Spring recess, no school
  • Monday, April 21 -- Magnet-elementary school and prekindergarten registration begins (through May 9)
  • Tuesday, April 22 -- Earth Day Assembly, 9 a.m.
  • Friday, April 25 -- Arbor Day Family Fun Night, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Monday, April 28 -- Jump Rope for Heart Week
  • Wednesday, April 30 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Thursday, May 1
    • New York State math exams, grades 3-8
    • Big Jump, noon-2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 2
    • New York State math exams, grades 3-8
    • Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 6 p.m.
    • Art Show and Poetry Slam, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7 -- Bike/Walk to School Day
  • Friday, May 9 -- Fourth quarter interim marking period ends
  • Tuesday, May 13 -- PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 19 -- General prekindergarten and kindergarten registration begins
  • Tuesday, May 20 -- SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE
  • Monday, May 26 -- Memorial Day, no school
  • Tuesday, May 27-Friday, May 30 -- Field Days

News and information

  • Top teachers get Golden Apples -- The City School District of Albany celebrated 15 top teachers Oct. 23 at the 2013 Golden Apple Awards. (MORE)

  • District launches new monthly TV program -- The City School District of Albany is launching a new monthly television program on Channel Albany/Channel 18, one of the city’s new public-access channels. The first edition of “Capital Education” airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. (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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