communications and the arts
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700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6230
Fax: (518) 475-6242
House Principal: Michael Elliott
Assistant House Principal: Richard Shea
Home School Coordinator: Deon Thomas
Phone: (518) 475-6235
Guidance Counselors: Kim Baker and
Phone: (518) 475-6260
Albany High School's website
Albany High School Counseling Center website
Visit the Albany High School Theatre Ensemble website
Visit the Albany High Prisms Yearbook website
About Discovery Academy
Discovery Academy's theme focuses on communications and
performing and visual arts. Albany High's
upper-level classes in English, music and art are offered in
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.
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.
- Wednesday, Oct. 17
- Coffee Clutch, 8 a.m.
- Grade 8 Academy Information Night, 6
- Saturday, Oct. 27 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.
29-Thursday, Nov. 1 -- Underclassmen school pictures
Saturday, Nov. 3 -- SAT
exam, 8 a.m.
- Monday, Nov. 5 -- Freshman,
JV and varsity winter sports begin
Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- No
school for students, Superintendent's
- Wednesday, Nov. 7 --
Chamber Concert, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 8 --
and Parent University, 5:30 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 9
-- First quarter ends
- Monday, Nov. 12 --
No school, Veterans Day
- Tuesday, Nov. 13
-- 2019-20 Albany High School academy
lottery applications due
- Thursday, Nov. 15
-- Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help
Night, 4 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 16
-- Library Lock-In, 6-9:30
- Saturday, Nov. 17
-- Survivors of Suicide Loss Day,
- Monday, Nov. 19
-- Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 21
-- No school for students, Parent-Teacher
- Thursday, Nov.
22-Friday, Nov. 23 -- No school,
- Monday, Nov. 26
-- Spirit Week begins
2019-20 academy lottery applications available
– Applications are available for the lottery to
determine placement in Albany High School’s four
academies for the 2019-20 school year.
Click here to download an information
booklet and application. (MORE)
Albany High in full swing --
Albany High School was fully back in business on
Friday, the first day of school for sophomores,
junior and seniors (freshmen started Thursday).
Arriving students were greeted by Superintendent
Kaweeda G. Adams and a throng of cheering and
applauding community partners, school board
members, staff and parents who wished each
Check out a Facebook photo album from day. You don’t
need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A
window may display the text “To see more from
Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or
create an account,” but you can dismiss it by
clicking “not now.
-- Families who drive students to school in the
morning should plan to use the North Main Avenue
entrance when they drop off students. For the
safety of all our students, families can no
longer drop off students on Washington Avenue in
front of the school in the morning. We
appreciate your cooperation.
- 'Freshman First Day'
-- The newest flock of Falcons had the school to
themselves on Sept. 6. “Freshman First Day” gave
ninth-graders an extra day to learn their way
around the building and become familiar with
life at Albany High before the rest of the
students arrived. Superintendent Kaweeda G.
Adams stopped by school to welcome the freshmen,
Check out a Facebook photo album from day.
You don’t need a Facebook account to view the
pictures: A window may display the text “To see
more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log
in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it
by clicking “not now.”
the rush! Get schedules and more early --
All Albany High School students can get their
schedules, IDs and more on Wednesday between 8:30
a.m. and 3 p.m. at their academy office.
Learn more here. The first day of classes for
freshmen is Thursday, and you can
download a first-day freshman schedule here.
Students in grades 10-12 start Friday.
grads join Class of 2018 -- Albany High School's
Class of 2018 grew by 26 on Aug. 22 as the school
celebrated its summer graduates at a special
ceremony at William S. Hackett Middle School. (MORE)
Important information for the new school year --
The first day of school for
students in grade 9 is Thursday, Sept. 6 and the
first day of school for students in grades 10-12 is
Friday, Sept. 7. Please see this letter from
Principal Jodi Commerford containing
important information about student schedules,
calendar dates, school procedures and more.
Summer Regents review
through Aug. 15 -- Starting July 23, Albany High
School Summer School will offer review classes for
more than a dozen Regents exams scheduled for Aug.
16 and 17.
Click here for a schedule of review classes and
exams. Please note that
summer school, the review classes and Regents exams
are at William S. Hackett Middle School due
to construction at Albany High.
Sophomore tapped for statewide athletics
High School sophomore Toussaint Santicola Jones has been chosen to be
one of 14 new members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council of the New
York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). (MORE)
If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the Discovery Academy office
at (518) 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.