The Albany Academies Leadership Programs support the academic program to develop students with the behaviors and characteristics stated in the school’s core values. Every component of the leadership program works to strengthen each student’s leadership education at The Albany Academies.  In the Middle School, leadership education focuses on skill development in five dimensions:
  1. communication skills
  2. emotional and social competency
  3. managerial skills
  4. human relations
  5. group dynamics

These dimensions are broken down into specific skills and taught to students at the appropriate age levels.  Leadership skills are blended with academic programs for application and relevance.  Service projects, community service days, and the House system provide authentic learning opportunities for Lower School students to actively learn and practice leadership skills.

Leadership courses in the Middle School occur within the structure of a school day, in a formal classroom setting.  Leadership and character development curriculum is an integration of the core values and five dimensions: communication skills, emotional and social competency, managerial skills, human relations, and group dynamics. Leadership education complements academic programs and is integrated into daily activities.  Authentic leadership opportunities are provided in various forms including formal instruction, group projects, house competitions and school contributions.

The leadership course themes for each year group are:
  • Grade 9—Self-development through uncovering self: understanding & valuing individual strengths and differences
  • Grade 10—Self-development through uncovering self: relationships, relationships, relationships
  • Grade 11—Viewing & investigating the world through multiple lenses: understanding and bridging the gap between self and moral purpose
  • Grade 12—Self as an emerging leader: balancing egoism with moral purpose

List of 9 items.

  • Cadet Corps

    While not a military school, The Albany Academies employ a military model of organization and structure for its Cadet Corps. This type of structure serves to provide numerous opportunities for students to practice leadership as they progress through the school and through the Cadet Corps. Participation in the Cadet Corps is not compulsory; rather it can be voluntarily joined by students from Form III through VI. The leadership is provided by Form V and VI students who have gone above and beyond their call of duty within the Corps. In the Cadet Corps there are three different divisions to choose from: Drill Team, Drum Line, and the Color Guard. Each are highly respected groups that will give a student the chance to lead his/her peers as he/she progresses through the ranks.The most visible manifestations of the Cadet Corps assume the character of military type ceremonies and participation in local parades. However, the more important elements of the program are found in the daily regimen of problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making, and planning that the program’s leaders are exposed to while at school.
  • Community Service Days

    (Lower School On-Campus, grades 5-12 off Campus)
    All students participate in two days of experience rich activities helping the greater community. Planning, implementation, review and reflection take place.
  • Community Service Projects

    Trimester service projects, planned and implemented by each AA House group and Cadet Corps, teamed with Grade Level or Advisor Groups from AA.
  • Executive Committee of Student Council

    Members of the Executive Committee include the Cabinet, Treasurer, Secretary and
    Director of Special Events. The primary function of the Executive Committee is to lead the Student Council in matters of student life. The secondary function of Executive Committee is to facilitate House Competitions in conjunction with the House Prefects and the Cabinet.
  • House System

    The House System is a leadership structure at Albany Academy that involves all students in grades PK – Form VI. Students are placed in one of four houses: Olcott, Gates, Henry, or Beck. The progressive leadership structure provides for many opportunities to lead and follow through formal and informal group interactions.

    By assuming responsibility for the success of individual and House goals, student leaders and followers will develop a greater appreciation for an understanding of the importance of service to others as an essential component of effective and successful leadership. By working in Houses, the students will develop refined group interaction skills and they will also learn how to become responsible members of an organization. By serving in leadership positions, students will develop communication, problem solving, and organizational skills that will enable them to become successful leaders in the school and in the community.

    House Prefects:
    The prefects are Form V students who are selected by the student body and faculty for the following school year, these student leaders will oversee all aspects of each House. They will work closely with other students as well as the faculty and administration.

    House Directors:
    Three students from Form VI will be selected by the House Prefects and the administration to focus on certain aspects of each House. There is a Director of Community Events, Director of Competitions and Director of Communication. These student leaders work directly with the House prefects on the major House Service project, all House competitions and making sure all members of the House are up to date on any upcoming events.



    Vice-Prefects:
    A student from Form V or VI is selected each year by the administration to work as a liaison to the student leaders in both the middle and lower school. These students set a positive example for leadership for our middle and lower school students.

    On a biweekly basis the Houses will convene to discuss the community service projects and appropriate tasks for house members to carry out. These meetings will be presided over by the prefects and house faculty advisors. In addition, the prefects will meet weekly to discuss the all-school projects and their individual house’s participation in these.
  • Middle School

    The AA middle school student council has six representatives; one from each grade level five through 8.  These positions are voted on by their grade level peers in September.  There are elections for student council leadership positions of President, and Secretary.  These positions are filled by candidates from the eighth grade and are voted on by the entire Middle School community in September.  Student council meets regularly during the school year.

    Leadership Experiences at AAG and AA
    School-wide service projects. Students in grades PS -12 will work in collaboration to plan, implement, and/or participate in community service events.  These events are typically coordinated by each House.  

    Community Service Days. Lower School students stay on-campus and work with Upper School groups on projects serving the community. All students participate in two days of community service each school year and experience rich activities helping our community.
    Planning, implementation, review and reflection take place during and after service activities.
     
  • Presidential Cabinet

    Members of the Presidential Cabinet include the President and Vice President. The Presidential Cabinet oversees the three branches of student leadership: The Student Council, The House System and Cadet Corps. Members of the Cabinet are elected by the student body in grades 8 -12. The election takes place in May each year.
  • School-wide Service Projects

    Students in grades PK—12 will work in collaboration to plan, implement, and/or participate in
    community service events. Each of the houses works with a local charity and participates in events held both on and off campus.  Our House-Charity partnerships are:
    • Beck - National Brain Tumor Society
    • Gates - HATAS (Homeless and Traveler’s Aid Society)
    • Henry - Ronald McDonald House
    • Olcott - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Student Leadership

    The Student Council
    The Student Council is a body of students nominated by the student body and voted into position through grade-level specific elections, as well as an all Upper School Election. Underclassmen representatives include a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary at each grade level (9-11). They are charged with overseeing their respective classes during meetings and representing the ideas from their classes to the administration. These representatives will be overseen by the Student Council President, Vice President,Treasurer, and Secretary, and Director of Events, senior students elected by the entire Student Body the previous year. Members of this body serve one-year terms and are eligible for re-election the following year. Members of this body may be removed from office for
    limited periods of time or permanently if they fail to model the behaviors called for by both the code of honor and the code of discipline. The Student Council also oversees the House Leadership System, the Cadet Corps, and all other extracurricular activities including clubs.

    The Presidential Cabinet
    Members of the Presidential Cabinet include the President and Vice President. The
    Presidential Cabinet oversees the three branches of student leadership: The Student Council, The House System and Cadet Corps. Members of the Cabinet are elected by the student body in grades 8 -12. The election takes place in May each year.

    The Executive Committee of Student Council
    Members of the Executive Committee include the Cabinet, Treasurer, Secretary and
    Director of Special Events. The primary function of the Executive Committee is to lead the Student Council in matters of student life. The secondary function of Executive Committee is to facilitate House Competitions in conjunction with the House Prefects and the Cabinet.
     

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.