About Citizenship Academy
Citizenship Academy's themes are cultural awareness and
multiculturalism. Global awareness is an understanding
of concepts that affect our world: namely,
environmental, social, cultural, political and economic
relations. Students in Citizenship Academy are provided
the skills to navigate and embrace cultural differences.
Applying the knowledge of global and cultural
perspectives prepares students for academic professional
and social success as productive global citizens.
Albany High's upper-level classes in social studies and
foreign language are offered in Citizenship Academy and
available to all students.
Also, Citizenship Academy is particularly relevant
to students considering taking part in the International
Baccalaureate program. In addition, Citizenship Academy is home to the
Early College High School program, where juniors
become Hudson Valley Community College freshmen and are
dually enrolled in college and high school.
Receivership process -- Albany High shows solid
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.
Albany 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
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.
City 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 years.
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.