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Tony Clement Center for Education

Tony Clement Center for Education (formerly the Alternative Learning Center)

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395 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12206
Ph: (518) 475-6525, ext. 1
Fax: (518) 475-6527


William S. Rivers, Principal

Email: wrivers@albany.k12.ny.us

Teresa Adalian, Assistant Principal

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


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School times

  • Breakfast begins -- 8:30 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 8:45 a.m.

  • School day ends -- 3 p.m.

New Clement principal appointed

William Rivers is the new principal at the Tony Clement Center for Education to start the 2018-19 school year.


Rivers replaces Sophia Newell as the leader of the district’s alternative-education programs for students in grades 7-12. Newell will become an administrator on special assignment at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence. Both started their new posts on Aug. 20.


Rivers returns to the district after a year as principal of Albany Leadership Charter High School. Previously, he was principal of Albany High’s Leadership Academy, interim principal at Albany Leadership Charter High School, principal of George Junior Republic Union Free School District in Freeville and dean of academics at Rochester Academy Charter School.


Rivers earned a bachelor’s degree and his administrative certification from the College at Brockport. He also holds a master’s degree from St. John Fisher College.


In her new position at O’Neal Middle School, Newell will work with co-principals Kandie Antonetti and Malik Jones to support students, enhance the school’s climate and culture, and oversee mentoring opportunities.


About the Tony Clement Center for Education
The Tony Clement Center for Education, formerly the Alternative Learning Center, provides academic and social-emotional programs and services for students in grades 7-12. Clement Center classes follow the City School District of Albany's school calendar. The school's offices are open from 7:50 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.


The Clement Center is located in the former West Hill Middle School building at 395 Elk St. Clement Center programs include:

Program dedicated in memory of former district principal

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has renamed the building that delivers the district's alternative-education programs in memory of former administrator Anthony I. "Tony" Clement.


The Tony Clement Center for Education serves students in grades 7-12 at 395 Elk St., the new location for the district's alternative-education programs in the 2017-18 school year.


Clement served the district for 18 years before he died of cancer in May 2012. He was 47 and serving in his first year as principal at Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy at the time. Prior to that assignment, he spent one year as principal at the Alternative Learning Center and five years as principal at Harriet Gibbons High School, an alternative program that served students in grades 9-12 through the 2005-06 school year and freshmen only until its closure at the end of the 2009-10 school year. Follow this link to read more about his life and contributions to the district.


Upcoming events


  • Thursday, Oct. 18 -- Open House and Hispanic Heritage Night, 5-7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 29 -- Pay it Forward Drive begins
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- No school for students, Superintendent's Conference Day
  • Friday, Nov. 9 -- First quarter ends
  • Monday, Nov. 12
    • No school, Veterans Day
    • Modified winter sports begin
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 -- 2019-20 Albany High School academy lottery applications due
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 -- No school for students, Parent-Teacher Conference Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 22-Friday, Nov. 23 -- No school, Thanksgiving Recess

2018-19 news and information

  • First day of school -- Grades 6-8 had the building to themselves on opening day at Tony Clement Center for Education. Classes start Friday for students in grades 9-12. Welcome back students and staff. The 2018-19 school year is going to be the best yet! Happy first day to everyone! Check out a Facebook photo album from day. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now. 

Absence from school

If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school at (518) 475-6525 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.

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