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Albany High School

Public | 7-12 | 2236 students

 
 

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Posted November 18, 2009

I love Albany High and I thank it's a great school despite of public keeping their eyes target on the negative situations regarding the school. My granddaughter is a junior and a good student who has been confronted by some rude students who tease and taunt her for last two years. I was very involved with the school about the situation and was not pleased on how they handled it. I hope with the new principal will find a better system to handle that the bullying, teasing and taunting of students who are trying to do the right thing to better themselves for a higher education. The positive regarding my granddaughter is that the teachers has been terrific in seeing that my granddaughter receive anything that she needs to obtain the best education that she can obtain according to her abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Albany High gets so much bad press, but truly is excellent school. So much for children to learn and excel with to achieve great career building skills. Great staff and kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2009

Albany High can be a great school academically, depending upon how involved you are willing to be in your child's education. If your student is a below average performer, it is easy to slip through the cracks unless he/she has strong parent or guardian advocacy at home. If a student's family places importance, value and the need to work hard on education and backs that up with active support, such as lining up tutors, if necessary, then Albany High will serve them well. Albany High has world class programs for the serious student and sports/activities to involve just about every type of student. It is culturally and racially diverse and not clique'y.' It has a lot to offer if a student is willing to get involved. But the student has to take the initiative. No one is going to seek them out or hold them by the hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

albany is a good school..if you send your child then they have to have to be able not to follow the crowd and know that they dont have to be like everyone else..but thats any school..the classes and teachers are all good there and they offer claases and programs that other schools dont have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2009

I'm a former student of Albany High School. In my opinion, it is too difficult to rate this school because of the conflict between it's invaluable and incomparable attributes, and its incredible mismanagement. Several of the things already discussed on this forum I whole heartedly believe. For instance, any middle-class college bound student (regardless of race) can excel towards their full potential more so at this school than at any other. As a white middle class girl currently attending Syracuse University, a campus with one of the highest de facto segregation instances, I now fully appreciate the lessons I learned outside the classroom: multiculturalism, respect, open-mindedness, and disregard for pettiness or superficiality. The socio-economic problems that plague the Albany community can, I believe, be alleviated by appropriate administration and programming that target the bottom and middle-tier students, instead of simply boosting the top.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2008

Albany High has a lot to offer. It has the highest number of AP classes of any school in the Capital Region and the IB program, which is only available in a handful of schools in country. There are also a lot of support services for kids with learning needs. I really don't think the whole race/socio-economic issue makes sense. The great school supports are there for ALL kids! My biggest issue is hearing about kids who bring street issues (turf wars, fights) into school. My only wish is that they could develop some alternative programs for students who are intent on fighting, so that the rest of the kids could focus on getting a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

To be fair AHS probably deserves 4 stars for most middle class college bound kids from 2 parent households who have no special needs. This is true for kids from all ethnic backgrounds, including blacks, Hispanics, etc. Unfortunately this accounts for only about 20% of the student population. For the rest of the student population it gets 0 starts. Fortunately there are plenty of high quality nearby alternatives including reasonably priced private schools and charter schools right in Albany, and excellent schools in nearby suburban districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

Albany High gets a bad rep because of a few roudy kids. If you overlook the few incidents which have been highly publicized recently you are left with a fantastic school. There is no school like it in the area. They don't nearly match the ap, ibo or vocational opportunites this school offers. Not to mention the countless extracurriculars offered.


Posted February 29, 2008

i love this school is fun and it has a good education
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2006

Even though albany is known for its tough and rough crowd, it is a really great school. I graduated from albany in 2003 and i'm currently preparing to become a teacher, and i would love to teach at the high school. There are great programs for those student who are willing to work hard in the honors, ap and ibo program as well as great programs for those students who wish to do a vocational track. There are wonderful teachers at the high school who will go out of their way to make sure that you are doing waht you are supposed to. The theater and music departments are wonderful! there are a number of sports that students can partcipate in as well as clubs and other organizations. The level of parent involvement could be a bit more, but there is a cohort of parents that are really involved!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 20, 2005

Don't judge this school to quickly - my freshman is doing great in her honors classes, loves the soccer program and ski club. She joined Key Club and International Club - yes, classes are a little noisy, but then so is she!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2004

AHS serves only a small minority of the students in its charge. The majority of the students who attend AHS are children of color. This group represents the largest number of students who drop out, are pushed out or fail to graduate after four years. One would speculate that with less that 2000 students, 8 administrators, a student teacher ratio of 16 to one, and ample support personnel there would be more opportunities for all students to be successful. New programs are too often welcomed and quickly abandoned before they are evaluated. Accountability does not exist in this school. It quickly blames students for not learning, when teachers are disenfranchised from a majority of the student population. While there are a few hard working dedicated educators, who truly are committed to the education of all children, it s not enough.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

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Math

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

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Math

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

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42%

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40%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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51%

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44%

2011

 
 
45%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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51%

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69%

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73%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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73%

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80%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

32 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

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72%

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74%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

717 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

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49%

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43%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

767 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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41%

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46%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

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Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

637 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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40%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
44%

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73%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

150 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

501 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students50%
Female50%
Male50%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%

Chemistry

All Students51%
Female49%
Male56%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Non-migrant51%

Earth Science

All Students51%
Female45%
Male59%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities32%
General population52%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

English

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities22%
General population70%
English language learners31%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

Geometry

All Students64%
Female62%
Male66%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities36%
General population65%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%

Global History and Geography

All Students50%
Female53%
Male46%
African American43%
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities13%
General population56%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%

Integrated Algebra

All Students41%
Female45%
Male38%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities17%
General population46%
English language learners37%
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%

Living Environment

All Students40%
Female40%
Male40%
African American39%
Asian/Pacific Islander28%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities20%
General population44%
English language learners16%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%

Physics

All Students57%
Female54%
Male59%
African American23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant57%

U.S. History and Government

All Students64%
Female65%
Male62%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities26%
General population69%
English language learners23%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 57% 19%
White 22% 48%
Hispanic 12% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 18%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 250%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 19%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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