Courses and programming
Albany High School offers students a variety of academic experiences that can’t be found in other schools – options that can open doors to a wealth of college and career opportunities for all students.
Explore the courses available to our students in the latest version of Albany High's course offerings catalog.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program gives Albany High students the chance to tackle college-level work while they’re still in high school. A student who takes an AP class and performs well on the AP exam at the end of the course can earn college credit and possibly bypass required introductory college courses.
Albany High offers 20 AP courses in English, foreign language, math, science, social studies and the arts.
dvancement Via Individual Determination – AVID for short – is a national kindergarten-through-high-school initiative designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in college and beyond. In the City School District of Albany, the program is currently in place in two elementary schools (Delaware Community School and North Albany Academy), all three middle schools and at Albany High School.
Albany High offers a one-credit AVID elective class for each grade. Three days a week, students focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. On the other two days, students meet for tutoring in small groups for help on schoolwork in challenging classes.
In addition, classes feature outside speakers representing a variety of careers.
AVID students in grades 10-12 take college trips to campuses across the state. Incoming ninth-grade AVID students participate in a three-week summer program on the University at Albany campus.
AVID has had great success nationwide in narrowing the “achievement gap.” This persistent gap in academic performance exists between African-American and Hispanic students and their white peers. There is a similar academic disparity between students from poor families and those who are better off financially.
AVID students are more likely to take and succeed in rigorous high school classes and attend college.
For more information about Albany High’s AVID program, talk to a guidance counselor.
Albany High School offers 21st-century career and technical education (CTE) programming that ranges from students taking single classes in an area of interest to students completing a career pathway. Students enter “pathways” in skilled trades, applied sciences and technology that prepares students for an entry-level job, college or both.
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.
Albany High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) program prepares students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities and privileges as American citizens.
A one-credit JROTC class meets every day throughout the school year. Instruction focuses on leadership education training – leadership development, self-discipline, self-confidence, organizational skills, goal-setting, physical fitness and career exploration.
JROTC classes are taught by veteran military instructors. Extracurricular activities include color guard, drill team, rifle team and participation in community events and activities.
JROTC does not obligate any student to enter the military at any level. Neither does the JROTC program recruit students for any military service. However, some students do decide that they will enter the military upon graduation and their JROTC experience is an advantage.
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Project Lead the Way is an elective program for students interested in technology, whether they’re considering a high-tech career or want to learn more about:
- Computer-aided design and drawing
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Other technology
Project Lead the Way students apply science, technology, engineering and math to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students either can take individual courses or get on a career and technical education pathway in pre-engineering.
Students also can take courses for college credit at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Examples of Project Lead the Way courses:
- Civil Engineering
- Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
- Design and Drawing Production
- Digital Electronics
- Engineering Design and Development
Project Lead the Way is a national organization that provides science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to schools across the country. Project Lead the Way courses feature hands-on, real-world activities, projects and problems that help students understand how what they learn in the classroom can be applied to everyday life.
Talk to a guidance counselor for more information about Project Lead the Way at Albany High.
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.
Students can get a list of University in the High School courses from a guidance counselor.
No student learns exactly the same way. Our Online Success Program uses Apex learning software as an alternative way to learn which supports academic success. Apex learning solutions are cutting edge, online learning products designed for the 21st century. They are self-paced and allows students to monitor their own progress. Students can take advantage of these opportunities anywhere there is internet access.
At Albany High School we use Apex in several unique ways.
- Teachers are using Apex in their classroom in an effort to blend instruction and further differentiate student learning.
- Students can enroll in the Online Credit Recovery Program to raise past quarter grades.
- Students can enroll in Online Courses for original credit, including AP courses
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