Student painting in the flower garden outside their school.

English as a New Language and Refugee Services

Phone: 518-475-6147 | Fax: 518-475-6126
Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center
75 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206

About our department

The City School District of Albany is proud to be a growing hub for refugee families and families whose native language is one other than English. The district is committed to meeting the needs of all of our students and families in partnership with our diverse community.

Tom Giglio

Director of ENL and Refugee Services/AIC Prinicpal

Services and resources

The Albany International Center serves refugee and immigrant students in grades 6-12 from throughout the City School District of Albany who are in the early stages of learning English and will benefit from targeted instruction and support in all subjects. 

The program is considered transitional -- meaning that it gives students the tools and literacy skills they need to return to middle or high school and succeed. The program also provides emotional support services to students learning to assimilate to a new culture.

Students spend an average of two years in the program before returning to their middle school or Albany High School.

Learn more here.

If you are new to the United States and you are in need of supports, please contact the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants at USCRI Albany, 99 Pine St., Albany, NY 12207. You can also reach the committee by phone at (518) 459-1790, ext. 8010. The fax number is (518) 459-1876. You can contact Director Jill Peckenpaugh at

You can also view additional online resources here.