Albany High School
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700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203
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Phone: (518) 475-6200
Fax: (518) 475-6202
Jodi Commerford, Principal
Phone: (518) 475-6200
Roderick W. Gilmour
Phone: (518) 475-6200
Academy -- Suzann Cornell
Phone: (518) 475-6220
Academy -- Michael Elliott
Phone: (518) 475-6230
Academy -- Julie Barber
Phone: (518) 475-6240
Academy -- Jason Breh
Phone: (518) 475-6250
Career and Technical Center
Phone: (518) 475-6400
Albany High's website
Albany High Counseling Center website
Visit the Albany High Theatre Ensemble website
Visit the Albany High Prisms Yearbook website
Four unique academies. One great education.
Albany High School is a
comprehensive high school that serves about 2,500
students. With students
from more than 40 countries and rich academic programming, Albany
High’s halls, classes and culture reflect the richness
of a world-class university setting.
High features four smaller learning communities, or
academies -- Citizenship, Discovery, Innovation and
Leadership. Each academy offers the same core
courses in English, math, science and social studies,
and electives are grouped in relation to each
academy's unique theme. However, all students are
able to choose electives outside of their academy,
selecting from the full scope of Albany High's rich and
diverse course offerings.
The goal of this structure is to raise achievement
for all students by increasing academic rigor and
providing smaller learning environments with extra
supports. Through extensive and ongoing training for
teachers and administrators, Albany High will work
through this new academy structure to motivate every
student in an environment that challenges their
intellect and nurtures their development. A full range
of special-education and English-as-a-Second-Language
services are provided in all four academies, and the
Abrookin Career and Technical Center continues to
offer all Career and Technical Education courses.
-- 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.
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.
Albany High's Online Success Program (OSP)
It is with enthusiasm and commitment to academic
improvement that Albany High School presents a unique
and unprecedented opportunity for students to enroll in
the Online Success Program (OSP).
OSP provides students
a chance to recover course credit and seat time from
previous marking periods. As
educators, we believe in the importance of what we
teach, but mostly, we believe in who we teach.
This opportunity will allow educators, parents
and students to enter a contract that, if upheld, will
allow students to earn back course credit, and
ultimately, improve academic achievement.
Visit our OSP section
Procedures for school
Throughout the school year, and
especially during the months of wintry weather, Albany
High School follows a specific schedule when a two-hour
delay is required at the start of school.
for more information about these procedures
and the daily class schedule when there is a two-hour
Wednesday, Sept. 5 --
Materials pickup, individual student academy
offices, 8:30-3 p.m.
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
- 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.
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
important information about student schedules,
calendar dates, school procedures and more.
tapped for statewide athletics committee--
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)
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.
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 available.
You can reach the academies at the following phone
Discovery Academy --
Innovation Academy --
Leadership Academy --