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Albany High School

Albany High School

Four unique academies. One great education.

Grades 9-12


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

Phone: (518) 475-6200

Fax: (518) 475-6202

 

Jodi Commerford, Principal

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

Phone: (518) 475-6200

Roderick W. Gilmour III, Vice Principal

Email: rgilmour@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6200

 

Academy Principals

Citizenship Academy -- Suzann Cornell

Email: scornell@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6220

Discovery Academy -- Michael Elliot

Email: melliot@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6230

Innovation Academy -- Julie Barber

Email: jbarber@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6240

Leadership Academy -- Jason Breh

Email: jbreh@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6250

 

Abrookin Career and Technical Center -- Andrea Marques, House Principal

Email: amarques@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: (518) 475-6400

 

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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.

 

Albany 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'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 to find out more.

 

Procedures for school delays

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. Click here for more information about these procedures and the daily class schedule when there is a two-hour delay. 

 

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, April 11 -- PTSA meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13
    • ACT exam, 8 a.m.
    • Spring Fling Dance, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 17
    • Coffee Clutch, 8 a.m.
    • Chamber Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19-Friday, April 26 -- No school, Spring Recess
  • Tuesday, April 30 -- Last day for prospective students to shadow at Albany High School

2018-19 news

  • Albany High fares well at media arts fest -- Albany High School media artists fared well April 9 at the Capital Region Media Arts Festival, with a photo by junior Erik Smits placing first and a digital illustration by freshman Aeona Marsico-Von Lutz placing third in their categories. Earning honorable mentions for their works were sophomore Sophia Doehla (she earned three!) and senior Briola Nugent. (MORE)

  • Chamber Choir has busy day -- The Albany High School Chamber Choir – made up of the acappella Albanenttes and Troubadours and led by teacher Brendan Hoffman – had a busy day on April 4. They started with a gig for a packed house of school administrators, including Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, at a New York State Council of School Superintendents conference at UAlbany. Click here to see a Facebook photo collection from their performance.

  • Cosmetology students travel to New Orleans hair show -- Teacher LaQuita Love and 11 seniors in the cosmetology program at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center recently traveled to a world-class hair show in New Orleans to learn from the pros March 29-April 3. See photos from their trip here.

  • Falcon robotics team seeks to defend title -- Albany High School is looking to hold onto its championship title when it competes March 7 and 8 in the 2019 New York Tech Valley FIRST Regional Robotics Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Their defense? A sleek 95-pound machine named Larry that Albany High Robotics Team 1493 built from scratch in six weeks. (MORE)

  • WMHT recognizes Albany High musician -- Congratulations to Albany High School senior Elli Sol Strich, who will be featured as WMHT-FM’s March 2019 Classical Student Musician of the Month. Tune in to 89.1 WMHT-FM or 88.7 WRHV-FM on Friday just after 7 a.m. after “Composer’s Classroom” or just before 6 p.m. after “From the Top.” Strich is a French horn player who has held first chair in Albany High’s Wind Ensemble since freshman year. She also is a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Her interview will air throughout the month. Get an early-bird preview of her interview here, and congratulations to her!

  • Black History Month celebration continues -- Albany High School senior Ondia Logan – a candidate for the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program – was keynote speaker at the second part of the school’s 2019 Black History Celebration, held Feb. 27 night. The event also included students portraying influential African-Americans, including Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, Assistant Superintendent Cecily Wilson-Turner, E.D., and the late Edmund J. O’Neal (after whom Albany newest middle school is named). In addition, attendees were treated to Assistant Principal Nicole Newman singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a student poetry reading by Zoey Millwood, a step performance by the Albany High NYODA Diamonds and a gospel selection from the Albany High Gospel Choir. Click here to see a Facebook photos collection from the evening. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”

  • Local African-Americans leaders help celebrate Black History Month -- Businesspeople, attorneys, police officers, a judge and other prominent African-American professionals from the area spent time in Albany High classrooms on Feb. 26, talking about their jobs and how they achieved success during the school’s 2019 Black History Celebration. Among the luminaries sharing their stories were Judge Helena Heath; attorney Sherri Brooks; funeral director Shannon McLaughlin; Albany Commissioner of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services Jonathan Jones; Albany Board of Education member Tabetha Wilson; Pine Hills Elementary Principal Tia Corniel; Albany High home school coordinator Torrie Chapple; Kappa Alpha Psi member Larry Norville and Alpha Kappa Alpha member Natarsha Horton. Representatives from the anti-violence group 518 SNUG also took part, and several community groups staffed information tables. Click here to see Facebook photos from the day. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”

  • Robotics team featured on STEM report -- Check out this WNYT Ch. 13 STEM report about the Albany High School robotics team's efforts to once again capture the title of regional champion at the New York  Tech Valley FIRST Regional competition March 8-9 at RPI. Go Falcons!

  • Five Albany High students selected for 2019 Boys State -- Five cadets in Albany High School's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion Junior ROTC have been selected to attend American Legion Boys State this summer. “This is a first for Albany High School, and I believe a first for any public school in Albany County,” said Retired Army Maj. David Erickson, Albany High’s JROTC instructor. (MORE)

  • Honor roll students lauded -- Albany High School recognized more than 700 students for their academic accomplishments Feb. 15 during its second-quarter Honor Roll Reception. Students with a GPA of 84.5-89.4 earned a spot on the Honor Roll, while students with a GPA of 89.5 or above made the Principal's List. Congratulations to all! (A Facebook account is not necessary to view the linked photo content in this message. A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but this can be dismissed by clicking "not now.")

  • Meeting the Madagascar cockroach -- Albany High School students got up close and personal with the much-maligned Madagascar hissing cockroach on Feb. 15 during Innovation Academy’s “Food for Thought Power Lunch” sessions. Please don’t confuse the Madagascar hissing cockroach with its far less popular cousins found here: the German cockroach (the type likely to scuttle out from under the refrigerator at night) and the American cockroach (found in sewer pipes). Madagascar cockroaches are very social, live in colonies and, like humans, give birth to living young. They don’t carry diseases, hiss when they are threatened (hence the name) and aren’t considered pests. And they’re crucially important to the ecosystem, according to University at Albany Professor Pauline Carrico, Ph.D., who led Friday’s session. “They have a really bad rap,” Carrico told students. Click here to see Facebook photos from the session. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”

  • Jazz group supports black musicians -- Members of the Jazzmanian Devils -- Albany High School’s advanced jazz ensemble – provided a mid-day groove for state workers and others traversing the Empire State Plaza Concourse Feb. 6 during a performance at the Office of General Services’ Black History Month Celebration. Click here to see a Facebook photo album from the performance. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”

  • School supports World Hijab Day -- Feb. 1 is World Hijab Day, and several Albany High School faculty and staff members on Friday wore hijabs in a show of tolerance and support for Muslim students. English as a new language teacher Alex Jameison coordinated the event at Albany High, and senior Azizeh Uzbek, who wears a hijab regularly, provided technical assistance in properly arranging the folds of the head covering. A hijab usually refers to a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear. Some Muslim women wear the hijab as part of their religious practice or cultural identity. Click here to see a Facebook photo album from the drive. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”

  • District appoints new AP-IB Coordinator -- The City School District of Albany Board of Education has appointed veteran Albany High School teacher Leah Evans as the district’s full-time coordinator for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. The board appointed Evans to the new position at its meeting Thursday night. She will begin in that role Feb. 25. (MORE

  • Albany High graduation rate continues to rise -- Albany High School’s graduation rate increased to 68 percent in 2018, the school’s fifth consecutive year with an increase and its highest rate since the state started measuring graduation under its current methodology in 2005. The Class of 2018’s four-year graduation rate surpassed the 65 percent rate for Albany High's Class of 2017, according to data the State Education Department released Jan. 30. (MORE)

  • Albany High students among Black History Month Winners -- Two Albany High School students were among five City School District of Albany winners of the Black History Month Creative Expressions contest sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Chapter of Albany. (MORE

  • Blood drive saves lives -- Albany High School was truly “all in for Albany” on Jan. 10, when students, staff, Principal Jodi Commerford and Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams rolled up their sleeves at a blood-donation drive. The 68 pints of blood collected could help save the lives of up to 204 people locally and across the country. Click here to see a Facebook photo album from the drive. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”) You also can check out WTEN/News 10 and Times Union coverage of the event.

  • Abrookin Winter Wonderland Spa Day beautifies community -- Cosmetologists-in-training from Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center provided the community with a range of high-end salon services at affordable prices at their Winter Wonderland Spa Day. Beautiful! Click here to see a Facebook photos album from the day.  (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”)

  • Best Buddies make merry for holidays -- Albany High School’s Best Buddies Club celebrated the holidays on Dec. 14 with a party, crafts and photo ops. Best Buddies promotes one-to-one friendships between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their peers without disabilities. The program tries to break social barriers between and among teens. Click here to see Facebook photos taken during the celebration. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”)

  • Honor Roll, Principal's List students noted -- Albany High School on Friday recognized 892 academic achievers who made Principal’s List or Honor Roll for the first quarter of the school year. Students who make Principal’s List earn average grades of 90 percent or higher. Students who make Honor Roll earn average grades of 85 or higher. There were 582 students who made Principal’s List and 310 who made Honor Roll. Congrats to these students for their outstanding work! Click here to see Facebook photos of students who received certificates. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss the message by clicking “not now.”)

  • Spa Day on Dec. 15 -- The Cosmetology Department at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center will host a Winter Wonderland Spa Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Abrookin, located at 99 Kent St. (two blocks north of Albany High School). Two services will cost $25. (MORE)

  • Library After Dark -- The AHS study and research center was hopping long after the building closed for the day. Check out a Facebook photo collection of the event. 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."

  • Abrookin chefs prepare for City Hall reception -- The culinary lab at Abrookin Career and Technical Center bustled with activity on Nov. 28 as students in Chef Lisa Valentine’s classes measured, poured, chopped, mixed and otherwise whipped up sweet treats for Friday’s tree-lighting ceremony and reception at City Hall. The chefs-in-training were preparing 10 different kinds of cookies; they’ll have a total of 600 when they finish. In addition to making the cookies, students will serve them with coffee at Friday’s event, which is free and open to the public. Check out a Facebook photo collection of their efforts. 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."

  • 2019-20 academy lottery applications – 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 Sept. 7, 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 the 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 the 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.”

  • Summer grads join Class of 2018 -- Albany High School's Class of 2018 grew by 26 on Wednesday as the school celebrated its summer graduates at a special ceremony at William S. Hackett Middle School. (MORE)

  • 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)

  • Robotic Hand Construction -- Hands on learning (literally) in Discovery Academy. Check out a Facebook photo album from the project. 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."

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 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 numbers:

  • Citizenship Academy -- (518) 475-6220

  • Discovery Academy -- (518) 475-6230

  • Innovation Academy -- (518) 475-6240

  • Leadership Academy -- (518) 475-6250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
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