Academics

Early Childhood Programs

List of 2 items.

  • Pre-K & Kindergarten

    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.

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  • Summer Programs

    Students will enjoy the summer time in our Little LEAP and Jr. LEAP program, part of The Albany Academies Summer Programs. Little LEAP and Jr. LEAP provide a flexible and exciting environment, while reinforcing and building skills for a strong social and academic foundation.

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Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs

In these single-gender programs, girls and boys build positive attitudes toward school and learning as they engage in individual and large group activities. Students are now ready to move out into the larger school environment, instead of being in a self-contained class, developing not only self-confidence but also a strong sense of belonging to a larger community.


Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Michele Jacobs 

    AA Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Photo of Laura Stevens

    Laura Stevens 

    AAG Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
    (518) 429-2300
  • Photo of Zoe DiStefano

    Zoe DiStefano 

    Lower School and Aftercare Assistant

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Sandra Hanifin

    Sandra Hanifin 

    AAG Kindergarten Teacher
    (518) 429-2300
  • Photo of Clare Valentine

    Clare Valentine 

    AA Kindergarten Teacher
    (518) 429-2441

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is this a 12-month program?

    Yes. This is a year-round Pre-K, & K program, and it includes up to 10 weeks of Little/Jr. LEAP Summer Program (June – August). Learn More!
  • Q. Are there any before and/or after care options?

    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?

    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?

    Yes, this is a year-round Pre-K, & K program, and it includes up to 10 weeks of Little/Jr. LEAP Summer Program (June – August). Learn More!
  • Q. What does an average day look like?

    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.

    We plan a mix of activities during the day so that there is a balance of active and quiet sit-down activities and of inside and outside activities. There is also a balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities. We start the day with small group learning centers, where between two and four children do one activity at a time, and then they switch. After that we go on to a teacher-directed activity. We have what’s called a “special” every day. One day is an art lesson with an art teacher who comes in to our classroom. We have a music teacher who comes in. We also offer creative movement, library and physical education. Because we are on a six-day rotation, we have two physical education periods per week. One is a regular PE class, while the second class is a special class. In late fall and winter, we offer ice skating, while in the spring, we offer swimming. After that we go outside and play on the playground. We have this time to ourselves; the other classes go out after lunch. Then we have lunch, reading time, rest time and language arts. It’s a very full day.

  • Q. How much does the program cost?

    Tuition is Pre-K and $14,700 for the full year of Kindergarten. Tuition includes the 12-month 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 LEAP Summer Program (June - August).
  • Q. Do you offer payment plans?

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

    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?

    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 Pre-K, & K programs different from other 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 Pre-K & K experience, with the same hours offered by traditional daycare centers. 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.

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