Discipline Guidelines

List of 3 items.

  • Lower School

    Classroom learning is directly influenced by each student’s behavior. The following measures will be taken when necessary. Inappropriate behavior may warrant removal from the classroom or from the activity.
    • Students may be sent to the Director of Lower School's office to discuss their behavior and consequences of their behavior.
    • Continued behavior that is deemed inappropriate may warrant an out-of-school suspension.
    • Suspension will require a parent meeting with the Division Director before a student is allowed to return to school.
    • Lower School students are not allowed to use or carry cell phones during the school day. There are no exceptions to this policy.
    • Parents are encouraged to work closely with the teacher, school counselor and the Division Head to help address behavioral issues.
    Academic and behavioral performance will determine continued enrollment at the Academies.
  • Middle School

    The classroom teacher and Class Deans, with the support of the Middle School Director resolve discipline issues.

    Classroom Violations
    Classroom learning is directly influenced by each student’s behavior. Teachers keep track of student discipline within their individual classrooms. After three classroom infractions within a subject area, a student gets an after school detention (3:30 – 4:15), along with a form sent home explaining the cause for the detention. The infraction count resets at the end of each trimester.

    Other Violations

    Discipline issues outside the classroom are primarily handled by the grade level Deans and overseen by the division director. Deans have the ability to assign after school detention for discipline issues that occur outside the classroom. Students receiving 3 after school detentions will be referred to the Dean of Students for Saturday detention. Each after school detention after the initial 3 will result in a Saturday detention.
  • Upper School

    The faculty, with the support of Administration, work together to resolve discipline issues, which are coordinated by the Dean of Students.

    Faculty Disciplinary Committee (FDC)
    FDC consists of 3 – 5 faculty members, the Dean of Students, and The Associate Head of School. The purpose of the FDC is to determine appropriate consequences for cases involving both major violations and repeated minor violations.

    Administrative Leave
    The administration reserves the right to place a student on Administrative Leave for the days leading up to and days after the FDC hearing. Aside from being present for the hearing the student is expected to remain off campus for the scheduled amount of days. Administrative leave is not reportable to colleges.

    FDC Appeal Process
    A meeting must be set with Dean of Students or Chair of the FDC to discuss concerns. The Head of School would be the final decision maker.

    Violations
    There are two levels of violations, minor and major, in each of the above areas. Consequences follow in a uniform manner based on the level of the infraction and the frequency of such violations.

    This is not an exhaustive list and the School reserves the right to take disciplinary action for behaviors not listed here but that may be judged as inappropriate or prejudicial to the School or bring discredit or embarrassment to the School.

    Minor Violations
    Minor violations of the academic expectations include, but are not limited to: tardiness to school, practice or class, coming to class without homework or needed materials, and being untruthful about whereabouts or assignments.
    Minor violations of the community expectations include, but are not limited to: uniform violations, inappropriate use of cell phone or other electronic devices, and horseplay or loud behavior that is disruptive to others. Minor level community transgressions receive infraction points.

    Students with repeated minor violations will go before the FDC.

    Major Violations
    Major violations of the academic expectations include but are not limited to: academic dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarizing, and being removed from class. Skipping class will result in an automatic in-school suspension for the first offense. Any further violations of this type will require a meeting with the FDC.
    Major violations of the community expectations include, but are not limited to: skipping school, leaving campus without permission from school administration, abusive/obscene language or gestures including written messages, defamatory web postings, and/or abusive emails, social media postings, phone calls, voicemails, any inappropriate and/or exploitive use of technology, fighting, harassment, bullying, insubordination, vandalism, theft, lying, possession of drugs, alcohol or tobacco products on school grounds, gambling of any kind, bringing an unsafe object or weapon to school, and public displays of affection.

Consequences

List of 7 items.

  • Dean’s Warning

    A student may be placed on Dean’s Warning when minor infractions are accumulated. This step may be used for students prior to being placed on Disciplinary Probation. This results in the loss of social privileges at school as well as jeopardizing his/her standing in the community. Further infractions while on Dean’s Warning will lead to Disciplinary Probation and may lead to out-of-school suspension or expulsion.
  • Detention

    Detention will be from weekdays 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will take priority over practices, games, rehearsals, and performances. The type of detention assigned is dependent upon the number of infraction points accumulated and the type of violation. This will be determined by the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will determine the date when detentions will be served. Detention may also be assigned by teachers at their discretion.
  • Disciplinary Probation

    Repeated violations of expectations, community, academic, or both, the student may be placed on Disciplinary Probation. This results in the loss of social privileges at school as well as jeopardizing his/her standing in the community. Violation of school rules while on Disciplinary Probation brings into serious consideration a student’s fit for The Academies and could result in suspension, non-renewal of enrollment, or expulsion.  The expectation for a student on Disciplinary Probation is that he will, going forward, comply with the rules so that he may reclaim his/her standing in the school community. Students on Disciplinary Probation are reviewed at the end of each trimester/year and if it is appropriate, removed from disciplinary probation.

    DISCIPLINARY PROBATION INFORMATION IS GIVEN TO COLLEGES.
  • Expulsion

    The following offenses will lead to expulsion: selling illegal drugs on campus or at any school-sponsored event off campus, carrying a weapon, calling in a false fire or bomb threat or alarm. Violation of a major school rule may result in immediate expulsion. A second major violation of any academic or community expectation will lead to expulsion.
  • In-School Suspension

    In-school suspension removes the privilege of attending class, free periods, and lunch with peers. In addition, a student must leave campus at the end of the school day, regardless of extracurricular commitments. Students will be allowed to take tests and quizzes and to work on class assignments during the in-school suspension.
  • Infraction Points

    Infraction points will be assigned for minor violations of the community expectations. An accumulation of three points will lead to a detention. Further accumulation of infraction points will result in more severe consequences including weekend detention or suspension.

    Upon the accumulation of six infraction points, the student must meet with the Associate Head of School and may be placed on Disciplinary Probation. This will be on a student’s record and may be reported to colleges. Violation of school rules while on Disciplinary Probation brings into serious consideration a student’s fit for the Academies and could result in suspension or expulsion. Further violations escalate the transgressions to major violations of academic or community expectations.

    Infraction Points may be cleared through service work pre-approved by the Dean of Students or Associate Head of School.
  • Out-of-School Suspension

    An out-of-school suspension removes the privilege of attending school.  Any Major Violation may result in out-of-school suspension. Suspension will be for one to five days.

    OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION INFORMATION IS GIVEN TO COLLEGES.

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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.