Preschool at The Albany Academies

It's never too early for a great education and there is no better place to start than at The Albany Academies!

The Albany Academies have a long-standing tradition of sparking a love for learning in the youngest students. The Preschool Program welcomes boys and girls into a creative, nurturing and enriching environment with enthusiastic and passionate teachers. Walk into our bright and cheerful classrooms and you’ll find happy children who are cherished, challenged and encouraged to dream. 

Recognizing that girls and boys learn through meaningful interactions with their classmates and teachers, the Preschool Program provides opportunities for group and individual activities. A balance of fun indoor and outdoor activities, play and child-centered exploration build skills for a strong social and academic foundation.

Preschool at The Albany Academies provides the perfect mix of experiences and opportunities for young children, planting the seeds that will nurture their development and curiosity.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at The Albany Academies

The full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten programs at The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls serves as a bridge between Preschool and Lower School – providing young students with experiences that foster development of their cognitive, social, emotional and motor skills through a balance of work and play.
  • Single-gender classrooms at The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls
  • 8 to 1 student to teacher ratio
  • Differentiation of student interaction
  • Reading specialist at each campus gives students a strong start in learning to read
  • Math curriculum provides a foundation of number recognition and understanding
  • Dance or physical education are offered daily; Physical Education curriculum includes swimming and ice skating
  • Becoming a capable and efficient writer begins in these grades; both learning the mechanics of writing and organizing thoughts into sentences
  • Dedicated science classrooms encourage curiosity and observation of the natural world
  • Technology in the classrooms support students literacy and math curriculum
  • Interaction between older and younger students create a unique environment

Summer Program

Students will enjoy the summer time in our Little Leapers program, part of The Albany Academies Summer Program. Little Leapers provides a flexible and exciting environment, while reinforcing and building skills for a strong social and academic foundation. The program is organized into developmentally appropriate age groups. Little Leapers is staffed with the same high quality teachers who teach at the Academies. 

Weekly activities are theme-based and will include literature, math, science, art, language and music. Although the summer is more relaxed, the students will be challenged and the skills introduced during the school year will be reinforced in fun ways.

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is this a 12-month program?

    A: Yes. This is a year-round Preschool, Pre-K, & K program, and it includes up to 9 weeks of Little Leapers Summer Program (June – August)
  • Q. Are there any before and/or after care options?

    A: Yes, you can drop your child/children off as early as 7:15 a.m. and pick them up as late as 5:30 p.m.
  • Q. Is it a full-day or half-day program?

    A: The program runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but the cost includes the Early Bird (7:15 – 8:00 a.m.) and Extended Day Programs (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.).
  • Q. Do you offer any summer programs?

    A: Yes, this is a year-round Preschool, Pre-K, & K program, and it includes up to 10 weeks of Little Leapers Summer Program (June – August).
  • Q. What does an average day look like?

    • A typical Preschool day includes: free choice play in learning centers; library/music/art/creative movement, outdoor play (weather permitting); language arts story/activity; naptime; and lunch and snacks.

    • A typical Pre-K day includes individual, as well as small and large group activities within the regular classroom, along with physical education/dance, art, science and library classes. Lunch, recess and rest periods are also included.
  • Q. How much does the program cost?

    A: Tuition is $13,000 for the full year. That includes the 12-month Preschool, Pre-K, & K program, early bird (7:15-8:00 a.m.) and Extended Day Program (3:30-5:30 p.m.), and up to 10 weeks of Little Leapers Summer Program (June - August).
  • Q. Do you offer payment plans?

    A: Yes, monthly payment plans are available.
  • Q. Are the children allowed "free time" to play each day?

    A: Yes, children in both programs are allowed some time to choose what they want to play with every day.
  • Q. Does the program offer co-ed or single-gender classes?

    A: Our Preschool is co-ed and is housed on The Albany Academy campus. The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls each hosts its own single-gender Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs.
  • Q. What makes The Albany Academies Preschool, Pre-K, & K programs different from other Preschool, Pre-K, & K offerings or daycare centers in the area?

    • The program’s cost is competitive with other full-day, year-round daycare programs in the area, and you are getting a much higher value for your money.

    • Our Albany location is convenient for parents who live and/or work in the Greater Capital District area.

    • Children and adults receive the benefits of a truly academic and well-rounded Preschool, Pre-K & K experience, with the same hours offered by traditional daycare centers

    • Preschool, Pre-K & K students have access to the same educational assets as older students: a nurturing faculty with more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education; a 50-acre campus including an ice rink, indoor swimming pool and new playground; and small class sizes for an enriching environment.

List of 7 members.

  • Ms. Clare Valentine 

    AA Kindergarten Teacher
    (518) 429-2441
    State University of New York at Plattsburgh - B.A.
    The College of Saint Rose - M.A.
  • Mrs. Linda Emrich 

    Preschool Teaching Assistant
    (518) 429-2309
  • Mrs. Sandra (Blackman) Hanifin, '92 

    AAG Kindergarten Teacher
    (518) 429-2300
    Nazareth College - B.A.
  • Mrs. Sara (Donnaruma) Howard 

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    (518) 429-2339
    William Smith College - B.A.
    Washington College - M.A.
  • Laura Kirker 

    Preschool Teacher
    The College of Saint Rose - B.S. / M.S.
  • Mrs. Kathy Polubinski 

    AA & AAG Preschool Teacher
    (518) 429-2309
    Rhode Island College - B.A./M.A.
  • Mrs. Laura Stevens 

    AAG Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    (518) 429-2300
    State University of New York at Oneonta - B.A.
    SUNY Albany - M.S. Early Childhood Literacy

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.