Focusing on civic and social responsibility
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6250
Fax: (518) 475-6234
House Principal: Jason Breh
Assistant House Principal: Nicole Newman
Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar
Home School Coordinator: Torrie Chapple-Chapman
Phone: (518) 475-6255
Guidance Counselors: Kristi Koldis and Karen Moorby
Phone: (518) 475-6260
Albany High School's website
Albany High School Counseling Center website
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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
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.
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.
- Wednesday, Nov. 21
-- No school for students, Parent-Teacher
- Thursday, Nov.
22-Friday, Nov. 23 -- No school,
- 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
Extravaganza, 5 p.m.
- Winter Concert,
- Saturday, Dec. 8
- ACT exam, 8
- Snowball Dance,
- Monday, Dec. 10
-- Booster Club meeting, 6:45 p.m.
- 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,
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
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
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:
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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.
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.
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 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.