Albany Academy for Girls is more than 200 years old—one of the very oldest such institutions in the world. It was founded in 1814 on the then-revolutionary principle that girls and women are deserving and capable of higher education and socially engaged lives. Today that same dedication to the education of girls as the leaders of tomorrow still thrives and animates the school.
The world has changed much since 1814, but the goal of preparing girls for leadership remains the same. Today’s mission is to provide girls with the “knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.” Students at Albany Academy for Girls learn how to think for themselves, how to problem solve and think creatively with others, how to work hard, manage their hours, and strive for excellence in the classroom and the playing field.
All this is carried out in a single gender community of learners. Even in the final years of high school when classes are co-ed, Academy Girls belong to their school, a community of achieving, dedicated, girls who are dedicated to each other and carrying on in the remarkably rich and diversified traditions of Albany Academy for Girls.
At Albany Academy for Girls people know and care about each other—faculty, staff, and students. Faculty members know their students and appreciate them. They challenge them and give them the hours of support that help the girls rise to levels of accomplishment they themselves did not know possible. Students form lifelong ties with their schoolmates; they become bonded while at The Academies, and then forever. This truly a community and the girls have a strong sense of belonging..
Cultivating self-discipline and character are at the ethical heart of Albany Academy for Girls. Serious attention is paid to the Core Values throughout a student’s time here because AAG believes that confidence and inner strength are the ultimate determinants of a successful, rewarding, and fulfilling life. From the earliest grades girls learn how to become An Academy Girl: how to have fun together and how to take yourself and others seriously. Through participation in our student life programs, girls are given every opportunity to succeed in whatever academic, athletic or artistic area they choose.
The Faculty members at Albany Academy for Girls are specialists in the education of girls and young women. Highly qualified teachers, small classes, high academic standards, and individual attention develop girls who are very ready to take on life with high expectations. A visit will show you what these words can only begin to describe.