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Albany High School

Albany High School

Four unique academies. One great education.

Grades 9-12

 

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

Phone: 475-6200

Fax: 475-6202

 

Dale Getto, Acting Principal

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

Phone: 475-6200

Jodi O'Connor, Operations Principal

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

 

Academy Principals

Citizenship Academy -- Miriam Skrivanek

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

Phone: 475-6220

Discovery Academy -- Michael Elliott

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

Phone: 475-6230

Innovation Academy -- Julie Barber

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

Phone: 475-6240

Leadership Academy -- William Rivers

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

Phone: 475-6250

 

Abrookin Career and Technical Center -- Andrea Marques, House Principal

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

Phone: 475-6400

 

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Visit the Albany High Prisms Yearbook website

 

Four unique academies. One great education.
Albany High School is a comprehensive high school that serves about 2,500 students. With students from more than 40 countries and rich academic programming, Albany High’s halls, classes and culture reflect the richness of a world-class university setting.

 

Albany High features four smaller learning communities, or academies -- Citizenship, Discovery, Innovation and Leadership. Each academy offers the same core courses in English, math, science and social studies, and electives are grouped in relation to each academy's unique theme. However, all students are able to choose electives outside of their academy, selecting from the full scope of Albany High's rich and diverse course offerings.

 

The goal of this structure is to raise achievement for all students by increasing academic rigor and providing smaller learning environments with extra supports. Through extensive and ongoing training for teachers and administrators, Albany High will work through this new academy structure to motivate every student in an environment that challenges their intellect and nurtures their development. A full range of special-education and English-as-a-Second-Language services are provided in all four academies, and the Abrookin Career and Technical Center continues to offer all Career and Technical Education courses.

 

Receivership process

The City School District of Albany and Albany High School, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, submitted required documents to the State Education Department during the 2015-16 school year to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all students.

 

In 2015, Albany High was one of 144 New York schools that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling” in a new state 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 Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing the district’s ability to control future decisions about the school.

 

During fall 2015, the district submitted a community engagement plan, public notification template and supporting evidence to State Ed for Albany High, as well as a continuation plan and indicators for demonstrable improvement. Follow the links below to download the documents submitted.

 

 

Albany High's Credit Recovery Extended Day (CRED) program

It is with enthusiasm and commitment to academic improvement that Albany High School presents a unique and unprecedented opportunity for students to enroll in the Credit Recovery Extended Day (CRED) program.

 

CRED provides students a chance to recover course credit and seat time from previous marking periods. As educators, we believe in the importance of what we teach, but mostly, we believe in who we teach. This opportunity will allow educators, parents and students to enter a contract that, if upheld, will allow students to earn back course credit, and ultimately, improve academic achievement. Visit our CRED section to find out more.

 

Procedures for school delays

Throughout the school year, and especially during the months of wintry weather, Albany High School follows a specific schedule when a two-hour delay is required at the start of school. Click here for more information about these procedures and the daily class schedule when there is a two-hour delay. 

 

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

  • Monday Feb. 20-Friday, Feb. 24 -- Winter Recess, no school

  • Monday, March 6 -- Spring varsity and JV sports begin

  • Wednesday, March 8 -- Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 11 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Monday, March 13

    • PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.

    • Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 15 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

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

  • Wednesday March 29 - Friday March 31 -- Spring Musical "Oliver!", 7 p.m.

  • Friday, March 31 -- Third quarter ends

  • Saturday, April 1 -- Spring Musical "Oliver!", 7 p.m.

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

  • Wednesday, 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

  • 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 senior 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 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 available.

 

You can reach the academies at the following phone numbers:

  • Citizenship Academy -- 475-6220

  • Discovery Academy -- 475-6230

  • Innovation Academy -- 475-6240

  • Leadership Academy -- 475-6250

 

 

 

 

 

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