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Albany High School - Citizenship Academy

Citizenship Academy

Focusing on global awareness and multiculturalism

Grades 9-12

Click here for 2017-18 school supplies lists


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

Phone: (518) 475-6220

Fax: (518) 475-6242


House Principal: Suzann Cornell

Email: scornell@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6220

Assistant House Principal: Jerry Spicer (acting)

Email: jspicer@albany.k12.ny.us

Home School Coordinator: Malcolm Gandy

Email: mgandy@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6225

Guidance Counselors: Laurie Bebb and Warren Horner

Email: lbebb@albany.k12.ny.us or whorner@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6260


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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 Smart Scholars Early College High School program, where juniors become Hudson Valley Community College freshmen and are dually enrolled in college and high school.


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

  • Monday, Oct. 23 -- Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26 -- Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 30 -- Parent University: Restorative Justice, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7 -- Superintendent's Conference Day, no school
  • Friday, Nov. 10
    • Veterans Day, no school
    • First quarter ends
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 -- Parent Teacher Conference Day, no school
  • Thursday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 24 -- Thanksgiving Recess, no school

2017-18 news

  • 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)

  • Student safety 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 click here 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, every day.

  • Time to schedule senior portraits -- 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 www.LaurenStudios.com; follow the prompts and create an online account. (MORE)

  • Regents review classes begin July 19 Starting July 19, Albany High School will offer review classes to help students prepare for Regents exams in mid-August. Click here for a complete schedule of review classes and times. Testing begins Wednesday, Aug. 16 and runs through Thursday, Aug. 17. Good luck to all of our test-taking students! Get an exam schedule and more here.

  • Cancer, 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)


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 Citizenship Academy office at (518) 475-6220 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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