Abrookin Career and Technical Center
St., Albany, NY 12206(click here for directions)
Fax: (518) 475-6402
House Principal: Andrea
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Career and technical education have
a long, successful history in the City School District
of Albany, going back to at least 1914. The building at
99 Kent St. opened in 1974 as the Albany Occupational
Center. The school was renamed Abrookin Career and Technical
Center in 1994 in honor of the late Emanuel "Manny" Abrookin, a
longtime Albany school board member, a career-education
advocate and a 2013 inductee into the City School
District of Albany Hall of Fame.
Part of Albany High School, Abrookin offers:
education for students in grades 9-12.
Specialized programs in culinary arts, technology
education, cosmetology, technical arts, life skills
and many other fields.
extended-day program that has become one of the
district's most successful alternative-education
Explorations in education, health care, finance,
law and engineering.
cutting-edge Career Academy that provides high-tech education for students looking
for a different high-school experience.
The City School District of Albany and
Albany High School, in partnership with the school's
Community Engagement Team, have been working since the
beginning of the 2015-16 school year to meet the
requirements of New York's new "receivership" law. At
that time, Albany High was one of 144 New York schools
that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently
struggling” under the new law. Albany High was
designated a struggling school because overall student
performance on state tests significantly lagged behind
other schools in the state for more than three years.
The school has until the end of the
2016-17 school year to show progress. The state has set
"demonstrable improvement" guidelines for each school.
If a school does not meet those goals during the
allotted time, the state will require the district's
Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside
receiver, removing the district’s ability to control
future decisions about the school.
Please visit our
Receivership section for complete updates on Albany
High's efforts to meet these goals during the 2015-16
and 2016-17 school years.
- Thursday, May 3
-- Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 4
-- Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 5
- SAT exam, 8 a.m.
- The Right
Move Chess Tournament, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 8 -- National
Honor Society Inductions and Junior Awards, 6
- Friday, May 11 --
English as a New Language Potluck Dinner,
- Saturday, May 12
-- Mother's Day Spa Day, 9 a.m.-noon
Monday, May 14
- Booster Club meeting, library, 6:45
- PTSA meeting, cafeteria, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 15
- Superintendent's Conference Day, no
school for students
BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD ELECTIONS
- Wednesday, May 16
- Parent Coffee Clutch, 8-9 a.m.
New Family Orientation and Creative Arts
Festival, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, May 19 --
Proctor's Musical Theater Awards, 7 p.m.
Monday, May 28 -- Memorial Day,
Select Choir earns
silver at music fest -- The Albany High
School Select Choir earned a silver rating April 19
at the New York State School Music Association
Choral Festival. Under the direction of teacher Brendan Hoffman,
the group performed “The Ground,” by Ola Gjeilo, “Tota Pulchra Es,” by
Ola Gjeilo and “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel,” arranged by William Dawson.
Albany High team
wins Stock Market Challenge -- A team of
aspiring Albany High School financiers on Friday
defeated students from four other area high schools
at the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge.
The Albany High team of Hope Edwards, Jalanah Hall
and Neasha Harris showed a 45 percent profit
increase by the competition’s end, besting all other
teams in the contest.
Promising Playwrights' 'Blaq Boi' opens May 3 --
Albany High Theatre Ensemble is once again using the stage to tackle
issues of race, privilege and oppression in the Promising Playwrights
Festival’s production upcoming production of “Blaq Boi.”
The play’s four-performance run opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, with
shows at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, and a 2 p.m. matinee
on Sunday, May 6. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for
students and seniors.
Albany High musicians are golden -- The Albany High
School Wind Ensemble on April 16 earned the highest rating for its
performance at the New York State School Music Association’s Major
Under the direction of teacher John Halvorsen,
the group earned a gold rating for its Level VI program. Performances
are graded as "bronze," "silver" and "gold" and on a scale of I to VI,
with VI being the most difficult. (MORE)
Rebuilding Albany High construction
officially begins --
Construction of the new and
improved Albany High School officially got underway
Saturday at a
groundbreaking ceremony celebrating
the start of the project’s first phase. Elected
officials, community leaders, students, parents and
residents joined the City School District of Albany
Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, Board of Education
President Sue Adler, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan and
others to mark the event on a chilly spring
Senior named one of "13 Kids Who Care"
Albany High School senior Alexandra Sipos has been
named one of “13 Kids Who Care” in the Capital
Region. She was chosen for her volunteer work at
Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus,
the Albany and Troy Lions Club and Double H Camp for
children with serious illness.
Click here to see a video clip of Sipos’ interview
that ran on WNYT/Ch. 13 on M
Albany High junior
wins state science prize --
High School junior Othman Othman’s research took the top prize at a
statewide science and technology conference on March 25 and may help
police labs better analyze the chemical makeup of drugs they seize.
poster won first place at the 20th annual STEP Statewide
Student Conference, which ran Friday through Sunday in Colonie and
hosted some 450 students from throughout New York. (MORE)
Albany High wins
robotics regionals --
Albany High School’s
robotics team made history on March 17 as it flexed
its mechanical muscles to claim first place in the
2018 New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics
Team event. This win marks the team’s first victory
at the regional level in its 15 years of
Former leader Getto
announces retirement --
Former Albany High School
Interim Principal Dale Getto has announced her
retirement following a 31-year career as a teacher
and administrator in the City School District of
Listening to our students'
On March 14, students at Albany High School and the
City School District of Albany's three middle
schools joined their peers nationwide in coming
together to advocate for school safety and to honor
the memory of the 17 people who lost their lives in
last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. (MORE)
advances in mock trial tourney --
The Albany High School
Model UN Club on March 8 defeated students from
Cohoes to advance to the next round of the
county-level New York Statewide High School Mock
Trial Tournament. The match was the second victory for the
Falcon team, which defeated Voorheesville on Feb. 27. (MORE)
named 'Student of the Year' --
Albany High School sophomore and cancer survivor
Rylyn Swierzewski was named 2018 Student of the Year
on March 1 by the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter
of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In eight weeks
Swierzewski raised more than $28,000 for the
society, which supports research into a cure for
leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma
and provides free information, education and support
for patients and families affected by the diseases.
for prestigious conference -- The Albany
County League of Women Voters has selected Albany
High School sophomore Faith O'Toole to represent the
county at a statewide "Students Inside Albany"
conference to be held at the Capitol in May. An
Albany High honor student by day, O'Toole also is
studying American Sign Language at Hudson Valley
Community Colleges. She is the only student from
Albany County selected to participate in the League
of Women Voters' conference. (MORE)
Geography Bee -- Students at Albany High
School assembled in the library after school to test
their knowledge of spaces, places and natural
features during the Geography Bee on Feb. 27. The
geographical contest is a student-run event created
by junior Adam Aleksic. Aleksic organized and
promoted the bee, wrote the questions and co-hosted
with Albany High staff members Liz Gialanella and
Sean Fitzsimons, who also provided guidance
throughout the process. (MORE)
Jazz bands go home
with gold --
Jazzmanian Devils – Albany High School’s advanced and intermediate jazz
bands – both received the highest rankings Thursday at the 15th
annual Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival. Under the direction of Albany High music teacher
John Halvorsen, each ensemble earned a Gold ranking from four judges who
are masters in jazz performance. (MORE)
National Merit finalists --
Albany High School seniors Matan Adler and Max
Heller have been named finalists in the competition
for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking
them among the best students in the United States.
The two are among some 15,000 finalists – among the
top one percent of high school students nationwide –
vying for the scholarship in 2018. (MORE)
Coach Lawson passes
century mark --
Decky Lawson got a special
shout-out Feb. 13 for hitting a 100-win milestone in
his six-year career coaching Albany High School
girls’ varsity basketball.
And he was presented with a commemorative ball
before a scrimmage against a team from Marks High
School in Skene, Sweden.
student-athletes break the ice -- In the
beginning, everyone was a stranger. Every practice
was a road trip. And as the cold weeks and months
passed, unfortunately almost every game turned into
a loss. So how did it feel to be the first Albany
High School student-athletes to play high school
hockey? C’mon … it was hockey! (MORE)
Regents exams Jan. 22-25 -- Albany
High School will hold Regents exams in several
subjects beginning Monday and running through
Thursday, Jan. 25.
Click here for a test schedule. There will be no
classes at Albany High during Regents exams. All
students should return for a regular school day on
Friday, Jan. 26.
Good luck to all of our test-takers!
Falcons bowling achievement
-- Albany High School freshman Jedrek Arasim had the
high game and second-highest series at the
Schenectady New Years Bowling Invitational on Jan.
avert critical blood shortage -- Albany
High School on Jan. 11 held a blood drive to help
avert critical blood shortages locally and
nationwide. Rolling up their sleeves alongside
students and staff were Mr. Eric Adams, husband of
Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, and Albany Mayor
Kathy Sheehan. (MORE)
Regents review underway --
High School began offering review classes on Jan. 8
to help students prepare for Regents exams at the
end of the month.
Click here for a complete schedule of review
classes and times. Testing begins Monday, Jan. 22.
2018-19 course books to be distributed Jan.
Albany High School students will receive course listing books in
homeroom on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5.
Students, please review the course books to prepare
for upcoming appointments to plan your schedule for
the next school year. Click on the highlighted text
a snapshot of next year's course offerings or to
the full course catalogue.You
also can view information
here about Albany High's "Seal of Biliteracy"
program for students that can speak, understand and
write in more than one language. (MORE)
Albany High's Heller
earns national distinction -- Albany High
School senior Max Heller was among the short list of
nominees for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars
program that the New York State Department of
Education released Nov. 30. (MORE)
Lady Falcons swim to sectionals --
After one of its
strongest regular seasons in recent years, the
Albany High School girls’ swimming team will send 10
student-athletes to compete in 16 events at the
Section II Division I championships at Shenendehowa
on Nov. 3 and 4. (MORE)
Albany High teacher named 'STEM Master
An Albany High School
teacher has joined the ranks of City School District
of Albany teachers recognized as STEM master
teachers. Shannon Stevenson, an
English-as-a-new-language living environment
teacher, was recognized Oct. 18 in the state’s STEM
Master Teacher Program, celebrating her work to
deliver innovative science, technology, engineering
and math education to their students. (MORE)
reminders -- The health and safety of all students at Albany High
School and throughout the City School District of
Albany is a top priority for all of us. Please
to read an Oct. 18 letter from
Albany High Interim Principal Dale Getto with
important reminders for families regarding the
school's status as a closed campus. We appreciate
your cooperation and partnership in our efforts to
ensure the safety and well-being of every student,
If your child is absent from school for any reason,
please call his or her academy office each day of the
absence. When your child returns to school, please
provide a written excuse and a doctor's note if one is
You can reach the academies at the following phone
Citizenship Academy -- (518) 475-6220
Discovery Academy -- (518) 475-6230
Innovation Academy -- (518) 475-6240
Leadership Academy -- (518) 475-6250