Admissions Steps

List of 5 items.

  • 1. School Tour

    We ask all prospective students and their parents to come to the school for a campus tour, which will allow a family to see our students in action, observe our engaged faculty, view our amazing facilities, and meet with our Admissions team to learn more about our school.

    It also provides the Admissions Office with the opportunity to get to know the applicant and their family, and answer any questions the family may have about our programs or the application process. Tours are given throughout the year, but we encourage you to visit the campuses while classes are in session.
     
    To arrange a tour, please contact the Admissions Office at (518) 429-2348 or admissions@albanyacademies.org.
  • 2. Application Forms

    Please use our online application form or print and fill out the hard copy application forms and mail to Office of Admissions 135 Academy Road, Albany NY 12208.

    Note: Preschool and Pre-K applicants are typically 3 or 4 year olds, respectively, when the school year begins. Applicants for Kindergarten are usually 5 years old.

    Recommendation forms can also be found here.
  • 3. Student Visit

    As part of the Admissions process, we recommend candidate's spend a day visiting with us. The student visit allows the applicant an opportunity to experience a day at our school firsthand -- meeting our faculty and getting to know our students. Lower school student assessments and Middle School candidate interviews will take place during the student visit. Student visit days are scheduled on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. For convenience, student visit days are also scheduled during local school vacation weeks in February and April.
    Preschool: Candidates for Preschool at the Academies are invited to visit with our current Preschool faculty and class on select days and times beginning in February. Parents will be contacted to schedule a student visit after all application forms have been received by the Admissions Office.
     
    Pre-K – Grade 1: Student visits are held during the morning from 8-10:30 a.m. Families will be greeted by a member of the Admissions Office and the prospective student will be walked down to the classroom where he/she will spend the morning in the classroom, interacting with students, meeting teachers and completing a skills screening. In the event that the skills screening is not completed during a student visit, a candidate will be invited back for a second visit. Casual or school attire is appropriate.
     
    Grades 2 – 4: Prospective students should plan to spend the whole day from 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Families will be greeted by a member of the Admissions Office and the prospective student will be walked down to the classroom where he/she will spend the day attending classes, eating lunch in the Dining & Events Center or the Buttery, interacting with students, meeting the teachers and completing a skills screening. In the event that the skills screening is not completed during a student visit, a candidate will be invited back for a second visit. School attire is appropriate (please no tank tops, sleeveless shirts or shorts).
     
    Grades 5 – 12: Prospective students should plan to spend the whole day from 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Families will be greeted by a member of the Admissions Office, and a student ambassador will act as a host for the day. During the visit, prospective students will shadow the student ambassador, attend classes, enjoy lunch in the Dining & Events Center or the Buttery and meet Academy students and faculty. The Admissions Office will schedule a time during the visit to meet with the prospective student for a student interview. School attire is appropriate (long pants and a shirt with sleeves).
  • 4. Required Testing and Evaluations

    Pre-K – Grade 1: Evaluation of the candidate's skills will be done during the child's morning visit to the school. In the event that the skills screening is not completed during a student visit, the candidate will be invited back for a second visit.
     
    Grades 2 – 4: The candidate's skills will be observed during the classroom visit. In the event that the skills screening is not completed during the student visit, a candidate will be invited back for a second visit.
     
    Grades 5 – 12: An entrance exam is required for all students entering Grades 5-12. The entrance exam will be administered on campus by the Admissions Office. If the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test), ISSEE (Independent School Entrance Exam), PSAT, SAT, or ACT has already been taken, please have the scores sent to the Admissions Office.
  • 5. Acceptance & Enrollment

    Application files are reviewed by the Admissions Committee once they have been completed. Upon acceptance, students will be sent an acceptance packet and an Enrollment Contract; the Enrollment Contract and a deposit of $1,000 are due within three weeks of receipt of the Enrollment Contract. This deposit will reserve your child’s space at The Albany Academies and will be applied toward tuition.
We are excited that you are considering The Albany Academies for your son or daughter's education, and look forward to working with you throughout the admissions process. To request an admission packet that includes an application, please contact the Admissions Office at (518) 429-2348 or admissions@albanyacademies.org.

The mission of the Admissions Office is to create classes of talented, eager and responsible citizens whose skills and interests will enhance and strengthen the school community. We value students who will contribute in a variety of areas, including athletics, the arts, leadership and service. We hope to make this process comfortable and efficient for prospective students and families.
 
Application Dates
We encourage parents to begin the application process in the fall prior to enrolling. Applications, including all required testing and the student visit/interview, must be completed by February 15. After that date, any remaining openings will be filled by rolling admission on a space available basis.

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.