community service and social justice
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
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Assistant House Principal: Jason Breh
Home School Coordinator: Malcolm Gandy
Guidance Counselors: Laurie Bebb and Warren
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About Citizenship Academy
Citizenship Academy's theme focuses on critical thinking
and preparing for the global economy. Albany High's
advanced math electives are offered in Citizenship
Academy and available to all students, as are Career and
Technical Education programs in culinary arts and professional
cooking and baking, and Career Explorations programs in
accounting, banking and finance, and law and criminal
justice. Citizenship Academy also 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.
A unique feature of Citizenship
Academy is a courtroom, complete with a
judge's bench, witness stand, jury box, counsel tables
and seating for a courtroom audience. The courtroom
is home to Albany High's Youth Court program, and also will be equipped with a network of
audio-visual and information technology.
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.
- Thursday, May 25 -- ENL
Potluck Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Monday, May 29 --
Memorial Day, no school
- Satruday, June 3 -- SAT
exam, 8 a.m.
- Monday, June 5 -- Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 7 -- Athletics Banquet, Polish-American Community
Center, 5:45 p.m.
- Thursday, June 8 -- Awards Night, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, June 10 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.
- Monday, June 12
- Last day of regular classes
- Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 22
-- Regents exams
- Saturday, June 17 -- Chess Tournament, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Sunday, June 25 -- Graduation, Times Union Center, 2 p.m.
Twins selected for prestigious summer
language program in China --
Albany High School
seniors Sydney and Taylor Kimbrough have been
selected to take part in the National Security
Language Initiative for Youth’s scholarship for
language study this summer in Chengdu, China.
This six-week course of study emphasizes language
instruction and cultural immersion. The program is
supported by the U.S. Department of State.
Both Sydney and Taylor will be attending
Northeastern University in Boston this fall and
majoring in international affairs.
Abrookin students explore fashion and
Students from Albany
High School's Abrookin Career and Technical
Center who participated in cosmetology teacher
LaQuita Love’s after-school “Cos-Computing” Club
continued that innovative work with an educational
and entertaining visit to New York City on May 5. (MORE)
Cosmetology Club to host Mother's Day Spa
Mom (or yourself!) to some high-end pampering at a bargain price on
May 13 during a Mother's Day Spa Day at Abrookin Career and Technical
Center. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon. Any two services are $20 and
the event is open to the community. (MORE)
Albany High inducts 78 into National Honor
high-achieving juniors were inducted into Albany High School's Arista
Chapter of the National Honor Society on May 2 and 24 of those
students received class awards.
To be eligible for National Honor Society, students must maintain an
overall academic average of 89.5 or higher.(MORE)
Theatre Ensemble gets six nominations --
The Albany High School
Theatre Ensemble’s 2017 production of “Oliver!” has
garnered six nominations for the first regional High
School Musical Theatre Awards, including best actor.
Senior Raphael Cohen, who played the role of
world-class scoundrel Fagin, was nominated best
actor. Other nominations the Theatre Ensemble
received include best musical, best ensemble chorus,
best orchestra, best set construction and best
execution of choreography. (MORE)
Albany High bands capture silver --
Albany High School’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band each earned a
at the New York State School Music Association’s Major Ensemble
The competition took place April 26
at Ballston Spa High School. Both
groups performed under the direction
of John Halvorsen. Performances are
graded as "bronze," "silver" and
"gold" and on a scale of I to VI,
with VI being the most difficult. (MORE)
Senior named Presidential Scholar
Albany High School senior Santos Otero has been named a
semifinalist in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
That means he is in the running to be one of up to 141 scholars from
throughout the country selected for the prestigious program, one of the
nation’s highest honors for high-school students. (MORE)
Albany High teacher joins PAL Hall of Fame
-- Congratulations to Albany High School physical
education teacher Ashley Chapple, whose hard work
and dedication to the youth of the city have earned
her an induction to the Albany Police Athletic
League (PAL) Hall of Fame. (MORE)
Math teachers earn prestigious state
recognition -- Four City School District of
Albany teachers, including three math teachers at
Albany High School, have been recognized in the
state's 2017 STEM Master Teacher Program. (MORE)
Masterminds team playoff-bound --
Congratulations to the Albany High School
winning its division during the regular season! The
team went 10-2 and now is preparing for the
playoffs, which begin later this spring. (MORE)
Chefs-in-training vie for
best at chili cook-off
Savor chili prepared by aspiring Albany High School
chefs and support disabled veterans at the same time
on Saturday at the annual Watervliet Chili Cook-off.
Two teams of students from Albany High’s culinary
program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center –
the Fiery Falcons and the Jalapeno Fireflies – have
spent the week preparing for the event, which will
be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dome,
located at 13th Street and Second Avenue in
Albany High jazz talent to be
featured on Ch. 18 during April
The Albany High School Jazz Ensemble will celebrate
Jazz Appreciation Month with appearances throughout
April on Channel 18, one of Albany’s three public
access television stations. The ensemble will
perform on the show “Albany Tempo Spectrum,” which
will air at 5 p.m. Saturday. The show will run
Thursday-Sunday at 5 p.m. during the rest of the
Albany High junior recognized among region's
'Kids Who Care' -- Albany High junior Mat
Adler has been recognized by WNYT/Ch. 13 as one of
this school year's "13
Kids Who Care." Ch. 13 recognized Adler for his
volunteer work over the past three years with a
music instruction program at Boys and Girls clubs in
the Capital Region. His brother, Class of 2013
salutatorian Hillel Adler, started the program at
the Boys and Girls Club of Albany. The younger Adler
has expanded the program to also serve Schenectady
and Troy, recruiting additional high school
volunteers to support the effort.
Law firm showcases artwork of Albany High
When Phillips Lytle LLP first commissioned artwork
from Albany High School students to hang in its
downtown office, the initial intention was to select
only the three top paintings. After seeing the 12
beautiful works created by the 19 student artists
however, they elected instead to hang all dozen,
along with plaques recognizing the students. (MORE)
Juniors earn playwriting kudos --
Two Albany High School juniors
have received regional awards for scripts they wrote
from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Emma Colton-Heins and Cliodhna Thayer
each wrote a dramatic script that earned a Gold Key
award. Both their scripts have been submitted for
national review; national medalists will be
announced on March 14.
Cheer on Falcon robotics at RPI --
High School robotics team will
use 21st-century technology to meet a 19th-century
challenge at the 2017 New York Tech Valley Regional
FIRST Robotics Team competition.The
event will be held March 17-18 at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. Come cheer on the Falcon team
and its robot, Beta! (MORE)
Albany High jazz
shines at area competition -- Albany
High School jazz musicians played and sang their way
to silver ratings on Feb. 16 at the 13th Annual
Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival.
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
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 junior 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.
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 --
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the Citizenship Academy
office at 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.