Welcome to the history page of The Albany Academies! Both The Albany Academy (founded in 1813) and Albany Academy for Girls (founded in 1814) have illustrious histories and so many notable graduates. In 2013 and 2014 we celebrated the Bicentennial of both schools and ushered in our third century of excellence in education. It was a time to tout our achievements, honor our first 200 years of academic, artistic and athletic distinctions and express our gratitude to those that helped get us here.
The Albany Academy for Girls and The Albany Academy archives hold many documents, paintings, and artifacts dating from the earliest years of the two Academies and the full span of two centuries. These are located on both campuses and will be on display throughout the Bicentennial at various venues. Two short histories of The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls are available and a historical publication of AAG has been published.
Over these two centuries, society has changed dramatically and The Albany Academies have always changed and adapted in response. Never has the rate of change been greater than the present, and the Academies are keeping up and looking beyond by:
  • Incorporating information technology into the classrooms at all levels
  • Emphasizing project-based education to develop entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Developing students’ capabilities to enter academic competitions and participate on academic teams
"Strength in our foundation; inspiration for the future." These words were our slogan for the Bicentennial and accurately reflected the many opportunities that lie ahead for those that think creatively and remain ever-curious -- just like those that came before us.

If you have any questions about Albany Academy for Girls or The Albany Academy archives, please contact Ann Wendth.

Pictured above: Once an Academy Girl... Always an Acdemy Girl, authors Betsy Sonneborn Hamel '68, P'03,'06 and Sue Ellis Rockmore '63, GG'14 and the donated first edition of Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale (1851).

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.