Abrookin Career and Technical Center
St., Albany, NY 12206(click here for directions)
Fax: (518) 475-6402
House Principal: Andrea
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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:
education for students in grades 9-12.
Specialized programs in culinary arts, technology
education, cosmetology, technical arts, life skills
and many other fields.
extended-day program that has become one of the
district's most successful alternative-education
Explorations in education, health care, finance,
law and engineering.
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
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.
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.
- Tuesday, Dec. 11
-- Underclassmen picture re-take and senior
- 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
- Tuesday, Dec. 18
-- CTE Business Alliance Committee meeting,
- Wednesday, Dec. 19
- Coffee Clutch,
- Snow date for Winter
Concert, 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, Dec.
24-Tuesday, Jan. 1 -- No school,
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.
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.
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
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
(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
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
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 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
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 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
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)
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
You can reach the academies at the following phone
Citizenship Academy -- (518) 475-6220
Discovery Academy -- (518) 475-6230
Innovation Academy -- (518) 475-6240
Leadership Academy -- (518) 475-6250