The Albany Academies today announced a new plan that will allow our School to continue to focus on academic excellence and better position itself for the future. Under the new model, the current Albany Academy for Girls campus will house the Early Childhood Center, Lower School, and Middle School and the current Albany Academy campus will house the Upper School. The school will retain its current single-sex educational model, with each building organized by grade.
At its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Board of Trustees of The Albany Academies endorsed the plan and agreed to move to the multi-year planning and implementation stages. Over the more than 200-year history of The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls, the schools have adapted and evolved numerous times to remain relevant to students and families. The new model will allow for a consolidation of resources in developmentally appropriate spaces, increase faculty collaboration within grades and schools, and increase safety by keeping students in their respective buildings and minimizing the need to regularly cross the street and enter/exit school buildings throughout the day.
In partnership with faculty and administrators, trustees will now develop and finalize a detailed facilities master plan and educational program that will be implemented over several years. It is expected that the Lower School will move to the current Albany Academy for Girls at the start of the 2023-24 academic year and the entire transition will be complete by the start of the 2024-25 academic year.
Some of the phase 1 capital projects that are part of the newly adopted plan include updating the science wing on the current Albany Academy campus, making improvements to and adding security enhancements in the lobby at the current Albany Academy for Girls campus, and updating instructional technology on both campuses.
Plans for phase 2 projects include the addition of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Innovation Center in a reconfigured space at the new upper school campus and enhancements to athletic spaces and at the Standish Pool, Robison Ice Rink, and locker rooms, in particular.