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Albany High School - Discovery Academy

Discovery Academy

Focusing on communications and the arts

Grades 9-12


700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6220

Fax: 475-6242


Interim House Principal: Michael Elliott

E-mail: melliott@albany.k12.ny.us

Assistant House Principal: Suzann Cornell

E-mail: scornell@albany.k12.ny.us

Home School Coordinator: TBD

Phone: 475-6235

Guidance Counselors: Kim Baker and Jennifer Quinn

E-mail: kbaker@albany.k12.ny.us or jquinn@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6260


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Visit the Albany High Prisms Yearbook website


New operations and Discovery Academy leaders in 2016-17

Albany High School alum Jodi O'Connor is now operations principal of her alma mater.


The Board of Education appointed O'Connor, Class of '93, on Sept. 1. She will fill a position that had been vacant since January, when Michael Panetta was appointed interim principal at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.


O’Connor was house principal of Albany High’s Discovery Academy for the last four years. Before that, she was a substitute principal for three months at Pine Hills Elementary School and taught at the former School 19/New Scotland Elementary School from 1999-2012.


As operations principal, O’Connor will oversee implementation of the district’s new Code of Conduct and the realignment of student support at the school. She also will monitor attendance and discipline data and is responsible for the safety and welfare of students and staff.


The board also appointed Michael Elliott as interim house principal of Discovery Academy. Elliott joined the district in 2002 and taught social studies at William S. Hackett Middle School then North Albany Academy. In 2011, he moved to Albany High School and taught there for two years before becoming a building data coach then the district’s data coach.


About Discovery Academy

Discovery Academy's theme focuses on communications and performing and visual arts. Albany High's advanced English, music and art classes are offered in Discovery Academy and available to all students, as are Career and Technical Education programs in cosmetology and career and financial management.


Discovery Academy has a state-of-the-art multimedia production facility that includes equipment for music and video recording. Discovery Academy also makes great use of Albany High's existing theater, music and art spaces.


Receivership process

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. 


Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, March 28 -- Autism Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • Friday, March 31 -- Third quarter ends

  • Tuesday, April 4 -- All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 5-Saturday, April 8 -- Spring Musical "Oliver!", 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 8 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Sunday, April 9 -- Spring Musical "Oliver!", 2 p.m.

  • Monday, April 10

    • PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.

    • Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Friday, April 14 -- Good Friday, no school

  • Monday, April 17-Friday, April 21 -- Spring Recess, no school

2016-17 news

  • Law firm showcases artwork of Albany High students -- When Phillips Lytle LLP first commissioned artwork from Albany High School students to hang in its downtown office, the initial intention was to select only the three top paintings. After seeing the 12 beautiful works created by the 19 student artists however, they elected instead to hang all dozen, along with plaques recognizing the students. (MORE)

  • Juniors earn playwriting kudos -- Two Albany High School juniors have received regional awards for scripts they wrote from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Emma Colton-Heins and Cliodhna Thayer each wrote a dramatic script that earned a Gold Key award. Both their scripts have been submitted for national review; national medalists will be announced on March 14. (MORE) 

  • Cheer on Falcon robotics at RPI -- The Albany High School robotics team will use 21st-century technology to meet a 19th-century challenge at the 2017 New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition.The event will be held March 17-18 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Come cheer on the Falcon team and its robot, Beta! (MORE)

  • Albany High jazz shines at area competition -- Albany High School jazz musicians played and sang their way to silver ratings on Feb. 16 at the 13th Annual Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival. (MORE)

  • Artists' work accepted in 3-D show -- Two Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the 2017 Art in Three Dimensions show.  

    The annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art programs. (MORE) 

  • Fledgling junior ROTC drill team tapped to compete in nationals -- Members of Albany High School's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion junior ROTC drill team will head to Louisville, Ky., at the end of March to compete in the official Army junior ROTC drill championships. (MORE)

  • Albany High junior wins silver at regional piano competition -- Albany High School junior Alexandra Sipos once again played her way to the top at the 8th Annual Rachmaninoff Piano Competition on Feb. 11 in downtown Albany. (MORE)

  • Seniors tout IB opportunities -- Albany High School seniors Jacob Citone, Juliette Pluviose-Philip and David Powell provided a presentation about the prestigious International Baccalaureate program during the monthly Albany Roundtable civic luncheon Feb. 8 at The University Club. Please visit our District News section to read more, or to learn more about the IB program please contact your guidance counselor.

  • Albany High tops blood-donation record -- Albany High School students and staff on Thursday rolled up their sleeves to donate a record amount of life-saving blood to the local American Red Cross. And senior Peggy Abdul-Korah, the driving force behind this year’s blood drives, will earn a $2,500 scholarship from the Red Cross. (MORE)

  • Falcon gets fabulous new plumage -- When Albany High School needed a new mascot costume, students in Lisa Osterman’s school-to-work class channeled their Falcon pride and did something about it. They raised money for, chose and purchased a new Falcon costume that arrived during the recently ended holiday break. The new bird in town has yet to make its debut at a game or school event, but it is a formidable creature sporting bright blue-and-white plumage. (MORE)

  • Leadership changes at Albany High School -- Albany High School alum Jodi O'Connor is now operations principal of her alma mater. The Board of Education appointed O'Connor, Class of '93, on Sept.1. She will fill a position that had been vacant since January, when Michael Panetta was appointed interim principal at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. (MORE)

  • New assistant principals for 2016-17 -- The Board of Education has appointed Jason Breh and Suzann Cornell to the new positions of assistant house principals at Albany High. The district converted two existing office-assigned teacher positions to assistant principals for 2016-17 to provide additional administrative support at the 2,500-student school. Please visit our District News section to read more about Albany High's newest administrators.

  • Falcons football program adds veteran college assistant coach -- Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza added significant experience and leadership to his staff July 14 with the addition of former University at Albany defensive guru Mike Simpson.

  • Click here to see the City School District of Albany's online Photo Gallery.

School times

  • Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

  • Classes begin at 7:50 a.m.

  • Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m.

Absence from school

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please call the Discovery Academy office at 475-6230 each day of the absence. When your child returns to school, please provide a written excuse and a doctor's note if one is available.



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