Student smiling while working in an Advanced Placement class.

Accelerated Learning

Here in the City School District of Albany, and particularly at Albany High School, we offer a variety of opportunities to help students excel. In addition to our extensive Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, we are proud to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program along with University in the High School.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high-school students with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in some cases earn college credit.

Albany High School and the City School District of Albany's middle schools offer students a variety of Advanced Placement courses. In fact, Albany High is a Capital Region leader with 21 AP courses available to its students, and few schools in the state have more students taking AP exams each year!

English

  • AP English language
  • AP English literature

Social Studies

  • AP Economics
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History

Mathematics

  • AP Math 12-1
  • AP Math 12-2
  • AP Statistics

Science

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry (offered in odd-numbered years)
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics

Foreign Language

  • AP French 4H
  • AP French 5H
  • AP Spanish 4H
  • AP Spanish 5H

Music

  • AP Music Theory

Art

  • AP Two-Dimensional Design

Albany High School is an “IB School,” meaning it is accredited to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. The IB program is recognized worldwide as a rigorous and intensive series of college-level courses taken by motivated students.

At Albany High, the program begins in a student’s junior year. Students can either take individual IB classes or pursue an IB diploma. 

A student who takes an IB class and successfully completes its course requirements receives an IB certificate. IB classes may qualify for college credit or possibly bypass introductory courses in college. 

To earn an IB diploma, a student is required to take three one-year “standard-level” classes and three two-year “higher-level” classes. Students also must take a Theory of Knowledge class both junior and senior year and complete an extended essay on a research topic of their choice. Students must plan and carry out a community service project as well. 

Finally, students must successfully complete IB exams in each class they study. 

IB classes generally are more writing-intensive and have more of a global focus than Advanced Placement classes. However, their subjects overlap and on occasion they are taught together.

Albany High currently offers 19 IB courses based on demand.

Each course comes with a cost. Financial assistance is available. 

The City School District of Albany also is considering creating an IB elementary school, an IB middle school or both.
 

Joe Fesel

College and Career Coordinator

Albany High School students can earn college credits at a significantly reduced cost or no cost through a program known as University in the High School.

In the program, students take a class or classes at Albany High but get credit from a specific college or university. This “dual enrollment” can result in college credit from The College of Saint Rose, Hudson Valley Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY College at Potsdam or the University at Albany.

Each course comes with a cost, although the amount is significantly lower than what a full-time college student would pay. Depending on the college, the cost might be further reduced or free for students from low-income families. For more information about costs, fee waivers or reductions, talk to your guidance counselor.

Credits earned in University in the High School are transferable to most colleges and universities with some exceptions. Students taking these courses at Albany High have the option to take the college credit portion, but it is not required. Students who don’t take the courses for college credit still can remain in the class at Albany High for high school credit.