Welcome to the website of The Albany Academies -- Albany Academy for Girls & The Albany Academy! This site serves as the primary communication tool between our school and parents, students, alumni/ae, teachers and prospective families.

Our Mission

Who We Are: The Albany Academies—The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls—develop capable and confident students through single-gender education in the Lower and Middle School, and through coordinate education in the Upper School.

What We Do: Employing individualized and positive education, The Albany Academies provide students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.

Some Brief History

In 2007, two historic Albany schools, The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls merged to form The Albany Academies. The two schools, each 200 years old have retained their separate identities and traditions.  Students continue to get a diploma from either AAG or AA.  Together, however, the two schools have created an extraordinarily effective educational model: ten grades of single-gender education, followed by two final years of coeducational classes and co-curricular activities.

Leadership

As you learn about the Academies at this website and through personal visits, you will see that the two schools practice a distinctive form of education that promotes leadership within the school in preparation for leadership in one's life. Our goal is to achieve self-motivated, self-directed learners, capable of doing their own work to a high academic standard.  For two centuries innumerable leaders of the region, the state, the nation, and the world have emerged from The Academies Throughout their years here, students are thrust in positions of responsibility in which they must “stand and deliver.” The mission of the school adopted in 2014 affirms the importance of leadership education, character, and creative thinking in preparing students for achieving fulfillment and success in the entrepreneurial century.

Single Gender Education

The Albany Academies practice “single gender education with a blend at the end.”  The Lower School (pre-K through 4) and the Middle School (5-8) are all girls at Albany Academy for Girls and all boys at The Albany Academy.  The Upper School begins to blend some activities in the 9th and 10th grades; the Junior and Senior Years are fully coeducational classrooms, but maintain the integrity of the two schools in athletics, events, leadership, traditions, and identity.

A Truly Caring Community

At both of The Academies there is no anonymity. Every student is known and loved by every staff and faculty member—even when it is a “tough love.” When our graduates speak about what was most important to them, what stands out is that our two schools are like families that appreciate and cultivate each student's uniqueness. Students form lifelong ties with their schoolmates; they become bonded while at The Academies, and then forever.

Character Education

Discipline and character development are tremendously important at the Albany Academies. From the earliest grades students are called to the high standard of being “An Academy Girl” or “An Academy Boy.” Visitors to our schools always remark on how courteous and helpful Academy students are. How does this come about? Dress Code is important. Ethical codes are even more important. Self-discipline is important. Ask a fourth grader what the definition of integrity is and you will hear, “Doing the right thing even if no one is watching.” Serious attention is paid to the Core Values throughout a student’s time here. Ultimately firmly built character translates to success in life.

The Extraordinary Faculty

Teachers at the Academies know every student well. Small classes and individual attention are our hallmark. They know how to bring their students forth as confident young men and wormen. They are passionate about their work of blending challenge and support -- the two basic ingredients of learning. If you are looking for small classes full of smart students, teachers who know and love your children, and the most advanced pedagogical practices, these are points of pride at the Academies.

At the Forefront of Education Practices

The Albany Academies stand on the other side of the educational spectrum from the Common Core Curriculum and (in our view) the over-emphasizes Assessment Movement. We have our own very high academic standards; however, we believe that in addition to “knowing your stuff” students need to develop the 21st century skills found in product- and project-based education. Project-based education starts in the earliest years and remains important in high school through declamations, senior speeches, theatrical productions, and Senior Projects, to mention just a few.

Code of Honor

As members of the Academy community, we acknowledge that our individual actions and attitudes affect the wellbeing of others as well as the school as a whole. We believe that our community must be built on trust and mutual respect which will encourage each member to reach his or her unique potential.
 
To this end, we will strive to foster the ideals of honesty, tolerance, and integrity both in ourselves and in others. We recognize that we must have the courage to support and affirm one another and to conduct ourselves with civility in all aspects of our lives. Through self-discipline, commitment, and mutual support, these goals of personal growth and pride in our school community will be achieved.

The Albany Academies

The Albany Academy: 135 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2300  Fax: 518.427.7016 

Albany Academy for Girls: 140 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2300  Fax: 518.463.5096

Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center: 93 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2414 Fax: 518.429.2380

Our Mission

Who We Are: The Albany Academies—The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls—develop capable and confident students through single-gender education in the Lower and Middle School, and through coordinate education in the Upper School.

What We Do: Employing individualized and positive education, The Albany Academies provide students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.