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Albany High School

Albany High School

Four unique academies. One great education.

Grades 9-12

2019-20 school supplies lists

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

Phone: (518) 475-6200

Fax: (518) 475-6202


Jodi Commerford, Principal

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

Phone: (518) 475-6200

Roderick W. Gilmour III, Vice Principal

Email: rgilmour@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6200


Academy Principals

Citizenship Academy -- Kandie Antonetti

Email: kantonetti@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6220

Discovery Academy -- Richard Shea

Email: rshea@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6230

Innovation Academy -- Joseph Slichko

Email: jslichko@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6240

Leadership Academy -- Lawrence Moultrie

Email: lmoultrie@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6250


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

Email: amarques@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6400


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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.


Albany High's Online Success Program (OSP)

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 Online Success Program (OSP).


OSP 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 OSP section to find out more.


Upcoming events

  • Friday, Sept. 6 -- First day of school, freshmen only
  • Monday, Sept. 9
    • First day of school, sophomores, juniors and seniors
    • Booster Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept.12 -- PTSA meeting and Parent University, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Dads Take Your Child to School Day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 -- Career and Technical Education Night, Abrookin, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 22 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park
    • 5K Run, 9:30 a.m.
    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 23-Friday, Sept. 27 -- Senior portraits
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25
    • College and Career Fair, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
    • Open House, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 -- Financial Aid Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 27 -- Last day for senior portraits
  • Monday, Sept. 30 -- Rosh Hashana, no school

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 -- (518) 475-6220

  • Discovery Academy -- (518) 475-6230

  • Innovation Academy -- (518) 475-6240

  • Leadership Academy -- (518) 475-6250














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