Character development in our middle school continues within the structure of an advising class everyday.  Advising curriculum focuses on team building and bonding through circles of power and respect.  As sister classes, older girls work together with younger girls to prepare middle school assemblies, accomplish recycling throughout the school, and maintain a clean hall and cafeteria.

A monthly schedule identifies sister classes that are working together and their contributions to the school.  Middle school girls maintain partnerships with local schools, museums  and conservation departments for community service day.   The middle school Builders Club contributes time to philanthropic activities in the Albany area as well as taking on the roles as Ambassadors for new students and visitors to our school.

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  • Lower School

    The Lower School uses the resources provided by The Responsive Classroom.

    Our social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum, and how children learn is as important as what they learn. To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social and emotional skills that include cooperation, responsibility, empathy and self-control These align with our core values for Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Perseverance and Community Service. We use morning meeting at the beginning of each day and closing circles at the end of each day to reinforce these core values and provide affirmation to and with each other.

    Monthly assemblies provide opportunities during the school year for students to show how they have displayed the character traits of compassion, respect, integrity, responsibility, perseverance and community service. They do this through oral and written presentations, skits and songs.

    During Community Service Days, older students mentor younger students in making contributions to our school community. These contributions include but are not limited to; maintaining a clean cafeteria, maintaining a clean and safe hallway, and recycling throughout the school.
  • Middle School

    Character development in our Middle School continues within the structure of an advising class everyday after lunch. Advising curriculum focuses on team building and bonding through circles of power and respect. As sister classes, older girls work together with younger girls to prepare middle school assemblies, accomplish recycling throughout the school and maintain a clean hall and cafeteria.

    A monthly schedule identifies sister classes that are working together and their contributions to the school. Middle School girls maintain partnerships with local schools, museums and conservation departments for community service day. The Middle School Builders Club contributes time to philanthropic activities in the Albany area as well as taking on the roles as Ambassadors for new students and visitors to our school.

    Middle School Student Council

    The AAG middle school student council has twelve representatives; two from each class and one representative that rotates out for each trimester.  There are elections for student council leadership positions of President, Vice 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.
  • Upper School

    Student Government
    Student government is an important avenue through which students develop and practice leadership skills through meaningful experiences. There are three main branches that comprise the student government and, within those branches, there are numerous opportunities available for young women to hone their leadership skills on a daily basis.

    Grade Level Officers
    Each year every grade elects a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Athletic Association Liaison. Officers act as role models within the school and are responsible for the planning and execution of class events, the development of class spirit and supporting a positive school environment. They lead their respective classes during class meetings and represent their classes opinions and interests to the Student Council. Grade level officers practice the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance.

    Student Council
    Student Council is a governing body of 10 students voted into their positions of responsibilities by their peers. President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Events Coordinator and Athletic Association Liaisons are elected by the entire student body. Additionally, the President and Vice President of each of the grade levels serve on the Council. Student Council members practice the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance, act as role models to their peers and support a positive school environment.

    Student Council members address matters of student life including, but not limited to, student engagement, school policies and procedures, social functions and graduation. It is an honor to serve as a member of School Council and also a significant responsibility.

    Formal Leadership Instruction
    Every student is enrolled in Leadership with her grade level classmates. The course meets once every 6 day rotation and focuses on the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance. Topics such as time management, organization, public speaking and essay writing are examples of what is covered in the classes. The course incorporates hands on activities that focus on students recognizing their leadership styles and putting them into practice effectively in groups.

    Community Service Days (Lower School On-Campus, grades 5-12 off Campus)
    Each year students participate in two mandatory experience-rich community service days, in the fall and spring. Students spend the day volunteering their time on and off campus to give back to The Academies and communities throughout the Capital District.

    May Projects
    The May Project is an educational experience that gives seniors the opportunity for academic leadership in that they are able to pursue a variety of professional experiences during the month of May. In the past, students have worked in research laboratories, museums and recording studios to name just a few May Projects. The program allows students to explore their passions and ideas and put into action the core values of responsibility, ingenuity, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, service, respect and perseverance. Each student’s project is different but follows a specific set of principles and guidelines. A student chooses two advisors, one on campus and one at the site of the May Project and finds an appropriate placement with the support of the School. The student keeps a daily journal documenting time spent on the project and reflecting on the experience. In early June, each student shares her project via reports, exhibits or documentaries with the school community, local professionals and families at the May Project Fair.

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.