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Albany High School - Discovery Academy

Discovery Academy

Focusing on communications and the arts

Grades 9-12

Click here for our 2018-19 school supply list

 

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

Phone: (518) 475-6230

Fax: (518) 475-6242

 

House Principal: Michael Elliott

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

Assistant House Principal: Richard Shea

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

Home School Coordinator: Deon Thomas

Email: dthomas@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6235

Guidance Counselors: Kim Baker and Jennifer Quinn

E-mail: kbaker@albany.k12.ny.us or jquinn@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6260

 

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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 Discovery 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.

 

Receivership process -- Albany High shows solid progress

On 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.

 

Albany 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.

 

The City 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 years.

 

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

  • Monday, Aug. 13 -- Preseason 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, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
    • 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, 9:30 a.m.
    • 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.

2018-19 news  

  • 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 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.

 

 

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