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Albany High School

Albany High School

Four unique academies. One great education.

Grades 9-12


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

Phone: 475-6200

Fax: 475-6202


Dale Getto, Acting Principal


Phone: 475-6200

Jodi O'Connor, Operations Principal



Academy Principals

Citizenship Academy -- Miriam Skrivanek


Phone: 475-6220

Discovery Academy -- Michael Elliott


Phone: 475-6230

Innovation Academy -- Julie Barber


Phone: 475-6240

Leadership Academy -- William Rivers


Phone: 475-6250


Abrookin Career and Technical Center -- Andrea Marques, House Principal


Phone: 475-6400


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New operations and Discovery Academy leaders in 2016-17

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.


O’Connor was house principal of Albany High’s Discovery Academy for the last four years. Before that, she was a substitute principal for three months at Pine Hills Elementary School and taught at the former School 19/New Scotland Elementary School from 1999-2012.


As operations principal, O’Connor will oversee implementation of the district’s new Code of Conduct and the realignment of student support at the school. She also will monitor attendance and discipline data and is responsible for the safety and welfare of students and staff.


The board also appointed Michael Elliott as interim house principal of Discovery Academy. Elliott joined the district in 2002 and taught social studies at William S. Hackett Middle School then North Albany Academy. In 2011, he moved to Albany High School and taught there for two years before becoming a building data coach then the district’s data coach.


Four unique academies. One great education.
Albany High School is a comprehensive high school that serves about 2,500 students. With students from more than 40 countries and rich academic programming, Albany High’s halls, classes and culture reflect the richness of a world-class university setting.


Albany High features four smaller learning communities, or academies -- Citizenship, Discovery, Innovation and Leadership. Each academy offers the same core courses in English, math, science and social studies, and electives are grouped in relation to each academy's unique theme. However, all students are able to choose electives outside of their academy, selecting from the full scope of Albany High's rich and diverse course offerings.


The goal of this structure is to raise achievement for all students by increasing academic rigor and providing smaller learning environments with extra supports. Through extensive and ongoing training for teachers and administrators, Albany High will work through this new academy structure to motivate every student in an environment that challenges their intellect and nurtures their development. A full range of special-education and English-as-a-Second-Language services are provided in all four academies, and the Abrookin Career and Technical Center continues to offer all Career and Technical Education courses.


Receivership process

The City School District of Albany and Albany High School, in partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team, submitted required documents to the State Education Department during the 2015-16 school year to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all students.


In 2015, Albany High was one of 144 New York schools that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently struggling” in a new state 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 Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing the district’s ability to control future decisions about the school.


During fall 2015, the district submitted a community engagement plan, public notification template and supporting evidence to State Ed for Albany High, as well as a continuation plan and indicators for demonstrable improvement. Follow the links below to download the documents submitted.

Albany High's Credit Recovery Extended Day (CRED) program

It is with enthusiasm and commitment to academic improvement that Albany High School presents a unique and unprecedented opportunity for students to enroll in the Credit Recovery Extended Day (CRED) program.


CRED provides students a chance to recover course credit and seat time from previous marking periods. As educators, we believe in the importance of what we teach, but mostly, we believe in who we teach. This opportunity will allow educators, parents and students to enter a contract that, if upheld, will allow students to earn back course credit, and ultimately, improve academic achievement. Visit our CRED section to find out more.


Procedures for school delays

Throughout the school year, and especially during the months of wintry weather, Albany High School follows a specific schedule when a two-hour delay is required at the start of school. Click here for more information about these procedures and the daily class schedule when there is a two-hour delay. 


Upcoming events

  • Monday, Jan. 16 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18

    • Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

    • College Information Night, 6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan. 21 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan.24-Friday, Jan. 27 -- Regents exams

  • Thursday, Jan. 26 -- Music Teacher Concert/Albany Friends of Music Fundraiser, 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan. 28 --  Big Ten Wrestling Tournament, 9 a.m.

  • Monday, Jan. 30 -- Superintendent's Conference Day, no school for students

  • Saturday, Feb. 4 -- Winter Guard Home Show, 4:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 -- Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.

  • Monday, Feb. 13

    • PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.

    • Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

  • Monday Feb. 20-Friday, Feb. 24 -- Winter Recess, no school

2016-17 news

  • Albany High tops blood-donation record -- Albany 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 it. 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. (MORE)

  • 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. (MORE)

  • 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 2,500-student school. 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.

  • Click here to see the City School District of Albany's online Photo Gallery.

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 his or her academy office 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.


You can reach the academies at the following phone numbers:

Citizenship Academy -- 475-6220

Discovery Academy -- 475-6230

Innovation Academy -- 475-6240

Leadership Academy -- 475-6250






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