communications and the arts
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700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6230
Fax: (518) 475-6242
House Principal: Michael Elliott
Assistant House Principal: Richard Shea
Home School Coordinator: Deon Thomas
Phone: (518) 475-6235
Guidance Counselors: Kim Baker and
Phone: (518) 475-6260
Albany High School's website
Albany High School Counseling Center website
Visit the Albany High School Theatre Ensemble website
Visit the Albany High Prisms Yearbook website
About Discovery Academy
Discovery Academy's theme focuses on communications and
performing and visual arts. Albany High's
upper-level classes in English, music and art are offered in
Academy and available to all students, as are Career and
Technical Education programs in cosmetology and career
and financial management.
Discovery Academy has a
state-of-the-art multimedia production facility that
includes equipment for music and video recording.
Discovery Academy also makes great use of Albany High's
existing theater, music and art spaces.
process -- Albany High shows solid progress
Oct. 31, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
announced that Albany High School was among 61 schools
identified under the state's receivership law that
showed "demonstrable improvement" in the past year.
High showed significant progress on performance measures
agreed to by the district and the state, the
commissioner said. Those measures included more students
passing Regents exams, a higher graduation rate,
improved safety, and improved attendance.
Elia based the demonstrable
improvement decisions primarily upon the degree to which
schools achieved their progress targets. Each school’s
Demonstrable Improvement Plan included a minimum of ten
indicators that were submitted by the superintendent
receiver and approved by the commissioner or selected by
the State Education Department for the school. According
to law, indicators could include student achievement and
growth on state measures; reduction in achievement gaps
among specific groups of students; graduation rates;
student attendance; suspension rates; student safety;
and parent and family engagement.
Later this year, Elia is
expected to announce which schools can be removed from
receivership based on meeting their progress targets.
School District of Albany and Albany High School, in
partnership with the school's Community Engagement Team,
have worked since the beginning of the 2015-16 school
year to meet the requirements of New York's 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
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.
Monday, Aug. 13
practice begins for fall sports.
Thursday, Sept. 6 -- First
day of school for freshmen.
Friday, Sept. 7
-- First day of school for sophomores,
juniors and seniors.
Monday, Sept. 10 -- Rosh
Hashana, no school
Thursday, Sept. 13 -- PTSA
and Parent University, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 17
- Sprit Week begins
Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 18
- CTE Business Alliance meeting,
- CTE Welcome and
Information Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
-- Yom Kippur, no school
Saturday, Sept. 22
- Wall of Fame Ceremony, 11 a.m.
Homecoming Parade, noon
Homecoming Game, 1:30 p.m.
Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 23
- Falcon 5K, Washington Park,
- Fun Run, Washington
Park, 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 25 --
Fall College Fair, 10 a.m.-noon
Wednesday, Sept. 26
- Coffee with Counselors, 8 a.m.
Open House, 6 p.m.
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)
If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the Discovery Academy office
at (518) 475-6230 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.