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Albany High School - Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Focusing on civic and social responsibility

Grades 9-12


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

Phone: (518) 475-6250

Fax: (518) 475-6234


House Principal: Jason Breh

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

Assistant House Principal: Nicole Newman

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

Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar

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

Home School Coordinator: Torrie Chapple-Chapman

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

Phone: (518) 475-6255

Guidance Counselors: Kristi Koldis and Karen Moorby

E-mail: kkoldis@albany.k12.ny.us or kmoorby@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6260


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About Leadership Academy
The Leadership Academy theme focuses on civic and social responsibility and aims to prepare students for business, finance and management. Albany High's upper-level classes in math and business are offered in Leadership Academy and are available to all students.


Leadership Academy builds the intellect and ethics of students so as to develop future productive leaders of society. Every Leadership Academy student will be provided the opportunity to graduate having earned 12 college credits and may participate in an internship aligned to the career pathway of his or her choosing.


A unique feature of Leadership Academy is a large-group instruction room designed to simulate the General Assembly Room at the United Nations. Students will use the U.N. Room for international debates, multimedia presentations, guest presentations and research.


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

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 -- No school for students, Parent-Teacher Conference Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 22-Friday, Nov. 23 -- No school, Thanksgiving Recess
  • Monday, Nov. 26 -- Spirit Week begins
  • Saturday, Dec. 1 -- SAT exam, 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4
    • 2019-20 Academy Lottery, 10 a.m.
    • Community Engagement Team meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5
    • Curriculum Extravaganza, 5 p.m.
    • Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8
    • ACT exam, 8 a.m.
    • Snowball Dance, 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 10 -- Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.
  • 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   

  • 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)

  • Albany High in full swing -- Albany High School was fully back in business on Friday, the first day of school for sophomores, junior and seniors (freshmen started Thursday). Arriving students were greeted by Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams and a throng of cheering and applauding community partners, school board members, staff and parents who wished each Falcon well. 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."

  • Important safety information -- Families who drive students to school in the morning should plan to use the North Main Avenue entrance when they drop off students. For the safety of all our students, families can no longer drop off students on Washington Avenue in front of the school in the morning. We appreciate your cooperation.

  • 'Freshman First Day' -- The newest flock of Falcons had the school to themselves on Sept. 6. “Freshman First Day” gave ninth-graders an extra day to learn their way around the building and become familiar with life at Albany High before the rest of the students arrived. Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams stopped by school to welcome the freshmen, as well. 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.”

  • 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 first-day freshman schedule here. Students in grades 10-12 start Friday.

  • 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 the Leadership Academy office at (518) 475-6250 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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