Clement Center Principal Bill Rivers posing for a photo with two students

Alternative Education

Not all students learn the same way, and here in the City School District of Albany we offer a variety of alternative opportunities to help all of our students succeed. Learn more about what we offer below.

Upon successful completion of the program, students return to Albany High School, attend the Abrookin Night School, or join the Clement Center High School Program. 

Location: Tony Clement Center for Education

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grades: 9 and 10

Class size: Maximum of 15 students in a class

Maximum enrollment: 60 students

Curriculum: Students complete two years in one (grades 9 and 10) to return to "on-track" graduation status. Course offerings include all mandated high school courses for grades 9 and 10 with electives in CTE, World Language, Business, Music and Art. There are also multiple opportunities in each course to demonstrate learning via the Project Based Learning model.

Support services: Clinical support including social worker, psychologist, behavior specialist and Northern Rivers Counselor

Upon successful completion of the program, students return to Albany High School, attend the Abrookin Night School, or graduate from the Clement Center High School Program. 

Location: Tony Clement Center for Education

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grades: 9-12

Class size: Maximum of 15 students in a class

Maximum enrollment: 60 students

Support services: Clinical support including social worker, psychologist, behavior specialist, and Northern Rivers Counselor

Curriculum: Course offerings include all mandated high school courses for grades 9-12 with electives in CTE, World Language, Business, Music and Art. The program also utilizes Apex Learning, a comprehensive, standards-based online program that helps engage students in rigorous coursework and prepare them for high-school graduation and beyond. There are also multiple opportunities in each course to demonstrate learning via the Project Based Learning model.

This program prepares students for a regular high school setting and transition to Albany High School or the Clement Center High School Program

Location: Tony Clement Center for Education

Hours: 8:40 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grades: 7 and 8

Class size: Maximum of 12 students

Maximum enrollment: 48 students

Curriculum: All mandated middle school courses, reading intervention, math intervention, and multiple electives. There are also multiple opportunities in each course to demonstrate learning via the Project Based Learning model.

Support services: Teacher and teaching assistant in every classrom along with clinical support including a social Worker, psychologist, behavior specialist, and Northern Rivers Counselor

This program prepares students to return to their home school setting upon completion of a short or long-term suspension.

Locations: Tony Clement Center for Education and Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center

Hours: 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Grades: 7-12 (at Clement Center location), K-12 (at Harriet Gibbons location)

Class size: n/a

Maximum enrollment: Rolling enrollment through collaboration with the Office of Pupil Personnel Services

Curriculum: District teachers provide course work for grades K-8  that is implemented with the support of tutors. Students in grades 9-12 utilize Apex Learning, which is a comprehensive, standards-based online program that helps engage students in rigorous coursework and prepare them for high-school graduation and beyond. 

Support services: Clinical support including social worker, school counselor and other supports as needed

 

The Albany High Night School Program provides an alternative setting to students at risk of attendance, school failure or dropping out. With the exception of the first three weeks of the school year, the academic schedule coincides with Albany High School. This is not a GED program, students will receive a full Albany High School Diploma. If students are unsuccessful, staff can facilitate a smooth transition to a GED program. 

Location: Abrookin Career and Technical Center

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Grades: 11-12 (must be at least 17 years old with at least 10 credits)

Class size: n/a

Maximum enrollment: Varies; more than 4 unexcused absences may result in expulsion

Curriculum: The focus of the program is strictly academics and meeting the requirements for graduation. The program is designed for upper classmen who have fallen behind, providing them with an opportunity to graduate with their cohort. The highly structured program seeks to improve students' attitudes toward learning and to give them a sense of improved responsibility toward their education and community. Classroom teachers help students to focus in on the information and skills needed for success on the New York State Regents Exams.

Support services: Special Education consultants are available every night of the week; Transition Planning services are provided for Special Education students; social worker participates in the daily activities of the program; college recruitment events; job fairs with interview preparation; special events and speakers to teach life skills; most teachers are employed by Albany High School and all have New York State certifications