Focusing on science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM)
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6240
Fax: (518) 475-6242
House Principal: Julie Barber
Assistant House Principal: Alex LaCoss
Home School Coordinator: Deon Thomas
Phone: (518) 475-6245
Guidance Counselors: Marty Anderson and Ryan
Phone: (518) 475-6260
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About Innovation Academy
The Innovation Academy
theme focuses on science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM.
Albany High's upper-level classes in science, technology and engineering
are offered in Innovation Academy and
available to all students, as are Career and Technical Education
programs in woodworking, carpentry, construction, car care and
automotive technology, transportations systems, computer networking,
electrical technology and home electronics. Career Explorations programs
in engineering also are offered through Innovation Academy.
feature of Innovation Academy is a mock clean room that simulates the lab
associated with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science
and Engineering (CNSE). Clean rooms are used in fields sensitive to
environmental contamination, including semiconductor manufacturing,
biotechnology and the life sciences.
process -- Albany High shows solid progress
Oct. 31, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
announced that Albany High School was among 61 schools
identified under the state's receivership law that
showed "demonstrable improvement" in the past year.
High showed significant progress on performance measures
agreed to by the district and the state, the
commissioner said. Those measures included more students
passing Regents exams, a higher graduation rate,
improved safety, and improved attendance.
Elia based the demonstrable
improvement decisions primarily upon the degree to which
schools achieved their progress targets. Each school’s
Demonstrable Improvement Plan included a minimum of ten
indicators that were submitted by the superintendent
receiver and approved by the commissioner or selected by
the State Education Department for the school. According
to law, indicators could include student achievement and
growth on state measures; reduction in achievement gaps
among specific groups of students; graduation rates;
student attendance; suspension rates; student safety;
and parent and family engagement.
Later this year, Elia is
expected to announce which schools can be removed from
receivership based on meeting their progress targets.
School District of Albany and Albany High School, in
partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team,
have worked since the beginning of the 2015-16 school
year to meet the requirements of New York's 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
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.
- Monday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 23
-- Winter Recess, no school
- Friday, March 2 --
Third-quarter interim marking period ends
- Monday, March 5 -- JV and
varsity spring sports begin
- Wednesday, March 7 --
All-City Chorus Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers
Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
-- Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night,
- Saturday, March 10 -- SAT
exam, 8 a.m.
- Monday, March 12
- PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.
- Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.
- Thursday, March 15 --
Spring musical "Hairspray!," 7 p.m.
- Friday, March 16 -- Spring
musical "Hairspray!," 7 p.m.
- Saturday, March 17 --
Spring musical "Hairspray!," 7 p.m.
- Sunday, March 18
-- Spring musical "Hairspray!," 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 21
- Parent Coffee Clutch, 8-9 a.m.
- All-City Band Concert, Stephen and
Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 22 --
Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Saturday, March 24
- New York State School Music Association
Festival, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle
School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Winter Guard Home Show, 3:30-8:30
- Tuesday, March 27 -- Autism
Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7
p.m. (open to all Capital Region families living
with autism spectrum disorder)
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 --
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.
are among some 15,000 finalists – among the top one
percent of high school students nationwide – vying
for the scholarship in 2018. (MORE)
Winter scholar-athletes earn state
More than 50 members of
Albany High School’s winter varsity athletic teams
have earned scholar-athlete recognition from the New
York State Public High School Athletic Association.
The student-athletes each maintained an academic
average of 90 or higher during the second marking
period this school year. (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
he was presented with a commemorative ball before a
scrimmage against a team from Marks High School in
Albany High 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)
JROTC cadets earn
spots at Girls State -- Albany High School
JROTC cadets Irene Nelson and Christina Black will
represent the City School District of Albany this
summer at the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary Empire
Girls State program. (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
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
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.
Musicians chosen for
Suburban Council Festival --
A dozen outstanding Albany High School vocalists and
instrumentalists have been selected from among top
local high-school musicians to perform in the
Suburban Council Music Festival. The annual festival
will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Columbia
High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush.
Ensembles will include a high-school band, chorus
and orchestra and a middle-school jazz band.
Congratulations to Albany High School senior Erin
Lippitt, who has earned an Advanced
Placement-Project Lead the Way Achievement in
Engineering award. She is one of some 3,000
students from throughout the United States to
receive the distinction from The College Board. (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 Teacher' --
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,
Time to schedule senior
Attention Class of 2018, it's
time to schedule your senior photos!
Portraits will be taken between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
through July 21 at Lauren Studios, 50 Colvin Ave.
You can call Lauren Studios to make an appointment
at 866-696-8142. You also can make an appointment at
follow the prompts and create an online account. (MORE)
Regents review classes begin July 19
July 19, Albany High School will offer review
classes to help students prepare for Regents exams
Click here for a complete
schedule of review classes and times. Testing begins
Wednesday, Aug. 16 and runs through Thursday, Aug.
luck to all of our test-taking students!
Get an exam schedule and more here.
Lawson deemed 'Men of Valor'
Congratulations to Albany High
School alums and staffers Issac Cancer (’82) and
Decky Lawson (’93) for being named 2017 Men of Valor
by the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute. (MORE)
If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the Innovation Academy office
at (518) 475-6240 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.