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Abrookin Career and Technical Center

Abrookin Career and Technical Center

Grades 9-12


99 Kent St., Albany, NY 12206(click here for directions)

Phone: (518) 475-6400

Fax: (518) 475-6402


House Principal: Andrea Marques



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About Abrookin
Career and technical education have a long, successful history in the City School District of Albany, going back to at least 1914. The building at 99 Kent St. opened in 1974 as the Albany Occupational Center. The school was renamed Abrookin Career and Technical Center in 1994 in honor of the late Emanuel "Manny" Abrookin, a longtime Albany school board member, a career-education advocate and a 2013 inductee into the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame.


Part of Albany High School, Abrookin offers:

  • Career education for students in grades 9-12.

  • Specialized programs in culinary arts, technology education, cosmetology, technical arts, life skills and many other fields.

  • An extended-day program that has become one of the district's most successful alternative-education programs.

  • Career Explorations in education, health care, finance, law and engineering.

  • A cutting-edge Career Academy that provides high-tech education for students looking for a different high-school experience.

December abatement projects planned in rubber gym

Beginning during the week of Dec. 10, the construction team at Albany High School will start lead and asbestos abatement projects in the rubber gym, and also complete the mercury abatement project in the rubber gym that was identified earlier this fall. All of this work will be completed within all state and federal regulations, and with the safety of all students, staff and campus visitors foremost in mind. The work will be contained entirely within the rubber gym. It is part of the ongoing renovation of the rubber gym and the overall Rebuilding Albany High School project.


Click here to read a letter from Principal Jodi Commerford with more information. You also can visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section to read construction updates from earlier this fall.


State and federal regulations for lead and asbestos abatement require proper signage, sealing (or tenting) the area, a ventilation system to generate negative air so no air escapes the tent, and independent third-party environmental monitoring. Asbestos abatement in particular requires signs to be posted on campus in advance of any work notifying all stakeholders of the project. You will see those signs on campus beginning this week. All three abatement projects will be completed before holiday break. The current renovation of the rubber gym is expected to be completed by mid-February. Full renovation of the rubber gym, including full replacement of the flooring, is scheduled to be completed during Phase III of the overall Rebuilding Albany High project.


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, Dec. 11 -- Underclassmen picture re-take and senior panoramic picture
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12 -- Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 -- PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 14 -- Second-quarter interim marking period ends
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 -- CTE Business Alliance Committee meeting, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19
    • Coffee Clutch, 8 a.m.
    • Snow date for Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 24-Tuesday, Jan. 1 -- No school, Holiday Recess

2018-19 news     

  • Honor Roll, Principal's List students noted -- Albany High School on Friday recognized 892 academic achievers who made Principal’s List or Honor Roll for the first quarter of the school year. Students who make Principal’s List earn average grades of 90 percent or higher. Students who make Honor Roll earn average grades of 85 or higher. There were 582 students who made Principal’s List and 310 who made Honor Roll. Congrats to these students for their outstanding work! Click here to see Facebook photos of students who received certificates. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”)

  • Spa Day on Dec. 15 -- The Cosmetology Department at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center will host a Winter Wonderland Spa Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Abrookin, located at 99 Kent St. (two blocks north of Albany High School). Two services will cost $25. (MORE) 

  • Abrookin chefs prep for City Hall reception -- The culinary lab at Abrookin Career and Technical Center bustled with activity on Nov. 28 as students in Chef Lisa Valentine’s classes measured, poured, chopped, mixed and otherwise whipped up sweet treats for Friday’s tree-lighting ceremony and reception at City Hall. The chefs-in-training were preparing 10 different kinds of cookies; they’ll have a total of 600 when they finish. In addition to making the cookies, students will serve them with coffee at Friday’s event, which is free and open to the public. Check out a Facebook photo collection of their efforts. 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."

  • 2019-20 academy lottery applications available – Applications are available for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School’s four academies for the 2019-20 school year. Click here to download an information booklet and application. (MORE)

  • Beat the rush! Get schedules and more early -- All Albany High School students can get their schedules, IDs and more on Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at their academy office. Learn more here. The first day of classes for freshmen is Thursday, and you can download a schedule for that day here. Classes start Friday for students in grades 10-12.

  • Summer grads join Class of 2018 -- Albany High School's Class of 2018 grew by 26 on Aug. 22 as the school celebrated its summer graduates at a special ceremony at William S. Hackett Middle School. (MORE)

  • Important information for the new school year -- The first day of school for students in grade 9 is Thursday, Sept. 6 and the first day of school for students in grades 10-12 is Friday, Sept. 7. Please see this letter from Principal Jodi Commerford containing important information about student schedules, calendar dates, school procedures and more.

  • Summer Regents review through Aug. 15 -- Starting July 23, Albany High School Summer School will offer review classes for more than a dozen Regents exams scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17. Click here for a schedule of review classes and exams. Please note that summer school, the review classes and Regents exams are at William S. Hackett Middle School due to construction at Albany High.

  • Sophomore tapped for statewide athletics committee -- Albany High School sophomore Toussaint Santicola Jones has been chosen to be one of 14 new members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). (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 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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