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Albany High School - Discovery Academy

Discovery Academy

Focusing on communications and the arts

Grades 9-12

 

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

Phone: (518) 475-6220

Fax: (518) 475-6242

 

Interim House Principal: Michael Elliott

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

Assistant House Principal: Sal Villa (acting)

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

Home School Coordinator: TBD

Phone: (518) 475-6235

Guidance Counselors: Kim Baker and Jennifer Quinn

E-mail: kbaker@albany.k12.ny.us or jquinn@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6260

 

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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 Discovery 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.

 

Receivership process -- Albany High shows solid progress

On 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 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.

 

The 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.

 

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, Jan. 18 -- College Information Night, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 22-Thursday, Jan. 25 -- Regents exams
  • Thursday, Jan. 25 -- Music Teacher Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 26 -- Second quarter ends

2017-18 news

  • Regents exams Jan. 22-25 -- Albany High School will hold Regents exams in several subjects beginning Monday and running through Thursday, Jan. 25. Click here for a test schedule. There will be no classes at Albany High during Regents exams. All students should return for a regular school day on Friday, Jan. 26. Good luck to all of our test-takers!

  • Falcons bowling achievement -- Albany High School freshman Jedrek Arasim had the high game and second-highest series at the Schenectady New Years Bowling Invitational on Jan. 12. (MORE)

  • Drive helps avert critical blood shortage -- Albany High School on Jan. 11 held a blood drive to help avert critical blood shortages locally and nationwide. Rolling up their sleeves alongside students and staff were Mr. Eric Adams, husband of Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. (MORE)

  • Regents review underway -- Albany High School began offering review classes on Jan. 8 to help students prepare for Regents exams at the end of the month. Click here for a complete schedule of review classes and times. Testing begins Monday, Jan. 22.

  • 2018-19 course books to be distributed Jan. 4-5 -- Albany High School students will receive course listing books in homeroom on Thursday, Jan. 4 and Friday, Jan. 5. Students, please review the course books to prepare for upcoming appointments to plan your schedule for the next school year. Click on the highlighted text for a snapshot of next year's course offerings or to download the full course catalogue.You also can view information here about Albany High's "Seal of Biliteracy" program for students that can speak, understand and write in more than one language. (MORE)

  • Albany High's Heller earns national distinction -- Albany High School senior Max Heller was among the short list of nominees for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars program that the New York State Department of Education released Nov. 30. (MORE)

  • Musicians chosen for Suburban Council Festival -- A dozen outstanding Albany High School vocalists and instrumentalists have been selected from among top local high-school musicians to perform in the Suburban Council Music Festival. The annual festival will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Columbia High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush. Ensembles will include a high-school band, chorus and orchestra and a middle-school jazz band. (MORE)

  • Senior earns engineering distinction -- Congratulations to Albany High School senior Erin Lippitt, who has earned an Advanced Placement-Project Lead the Way Achievement in Engineering award. She is one of some 3,000 students from throughout the United States to receive the distinction from The College Board. (MORE)

  • Lady Falcons swim to sectionals -- After one of its strongest regular seasons in recent years, the Albany High School girls’ swimming team will send 10 student-athletes to compete in 16 events at the Section II Division I championships at Shenendehowa on Nov. 3 and 4. (MORE)

  • 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 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.

 

 

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