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Albany High School - Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy

Focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Grades 9-12

Click here for 2017-18 school supplies lists


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

Phone: 475-6240

Fax: 475-6242


House Principal: Julie Barber

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

Assistant House Principal: Jason Breh

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

Home School Coordinator: Deon Thomas

E-mail: dthomas2@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6245

Guidance Counselors: Marty Anderson and Ryan Whitcher

E-mail: manderson@albany.k12.ny.us or rwhitcher@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6260


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About Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy theme focuses on science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM. Albany High's science electives are offered in Innovation Academy and available to all students, as are Career and Technical Education programs in woodworking, carpentry, construction, car care and automotive technology, transportations systems, computer networking, electrical technology and home electronics. Career Explorations programs in engineering also are offered through Innovation Academy.


A unique feature of Innovation Academy is a mock clean room that simulates the lab associated with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Clean rooms are used in fields sensitive to environmental contamination, including semiconductor manufacturing, biotechnology and the life sciences.


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

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22 -- Class of 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony, Albany High School auditorium, noon
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5 -- First day of classes for freshmen only
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6 -- First day of classes for sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6 - Friday, Sept. 8 -- School Picture Day
  • Monday, Sept. 11
    • PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.
    • Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13 -- Open House, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 18 -- Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 8-9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 21 -- Rosh Hashana, no school
  • Friday, Sept. 22
    • Superintendent's Conference Day, no school for students
    • Hall of Fame Dinner and Inductions, Italian-American Community Center, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 23
    • Wall of Fame Ceremony, 11 a.m.
    • Homecoming Parade, noon
    • Homecoming Game, 1:30 p.m.
    • Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 24
    • Falcon 5K, Washington Park, 9:30 a.m.
    • Fun Run, Washington Park, 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27 -- College Fair, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28 -- Financial Aid Night, 6:30 p.m.

2017-18 news

  • The first day of classes  for freshmen is Sept. 5. The first day of classes for sophomores, juniors and seniors is Sept. 6.

  • 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 7:20 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 Innovation Academy office at 475-6240 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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