Albany, NY School District
The mission of the Albany School District is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community.
Led by Acting Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., the Albany School District and its faculty and staff strive to provide an academically challenging, safe and welcoming experience for all students.
The district serves more than 9,000 students in 17 schools: 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, one prekindergarten-grade 8 school, an alternative education school and a comprehensive high school with a career and technical center. You can find a complete directory in the Our Schools section.
Albany High School features four themed academies, the prestigious International Baccalaureate program and the largest selection of Advanced Placement courses in the Capital Region.
At the elementary level, the district offers full-day prekindergarten at every school and at several community locations, and outstanding school-choice options that include three theme-based magnet elementary schools, the Dual-Language Program and open enrollment options across the district.
Among other things, The Albany School District has made the annual Advanced Placement honor roll, one of only two districts in the Capital Region and 477 in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides Albany School District high-school students with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in some cases earn college credit.
Albany High School and the Albany School District middle schools offer students a variety of Advanced Placement courses. In fact, Albany High is a Capital Region leader with 21 AP courses available to its students, and few schools in the state have more students taking AP exams each year!
4 Themed High School Academies:
Each of Albany School District High School’s four themed academies offers the same core courses in math, English, science and social studies. Each also offers honors, special-education classes and English-as-a-second- language services. And while all students are assigned to one of Albany High’s academies, Abrookin Career and Technical Center continues to offer all career and technical education courses.
The academies are made unique by their elective offerings. Although the electives are grouped by academy, students can take electives in different academies if they choose and Albany High’s full coursebook is available to all students.
Also, students have the opportunity to take Albany High’s acclaimed Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses in all four academies.
Physical education, band, chorus, orchestra, art, health and Spanish I include students from all academies.
• Citizenship Academy – Electives focusing on service learning and social justice..
• Discovery Academy – Electives focusing on communications and the arts.
• Innovation Academy – Electives focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
• Leadership Academy – Electives focusing on global leadership in business, legal studies and politics.
Smart Scholars Early College High School: The Citizenship Academy in collaboration with the New York State Department of Education presents Smart Scholars Early College High School. Smart Scholars are dually enrolled in Hudson Valley Community College and Albany High School as juniors and seniors. Preparation for these courses starts in ninth and tenth grade.
Albany School District Offers a Full Range of Athletics Programs
The Albany School District offers students an opportunity for athletic competition in grades 7-12 at Hackett Middle School, Myers Middle School, North Albany Academy and Albany High School.
Girls’ Athletic Teams
Boys’ Athletic Teams
Modified Athletic Teams
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The Albany School District’s athletic teams are competing as independents in 2014-15, with no conference affiliation, following the dissolution of the Big 10 Athletic Conference last summer. All Albany High School teams and student-athletes remain eligible for postseason competition in Section II of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). The Albany School District is also a member of the Tri-County Indoor Track League, Adirondack Swim League for men and the Aqua Swim League for women.
The Albany School District offers 11 female sports activities on 25 teams at varying levels of competition, and 12 male sports activities on 27 teams at varying levels of competition. Each year more than 1,000 athletes go through the district’s program coached by certified athletic coaches.
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