The College Counseling Department at The Albany Academies begins working with students and their families in Ninth Grade in order to make the college process stress-free. Counselors encourage students and families to consider colleges that will be the best fit for them, not just those deemed prestigious by the outside world. With that said, the Academies regularly have students admitted to many of the nation’s top colleges and universities.
At The Albany Academies, our personalized college program steers students in the right direction. We provide our Upper School students with an individualized, comprehensive program that helps them choose the right college. The College Counseling Department also coordinates in-school visits with admission representatives from a wide array of colleges and universities.
Academy graduates are prepared to achieve great success in life and go on to attend many of the finest colleges and universities in the nation. Our college counselor meets regularly with each student and takes special care in helping them understand their strengths and prioritize goals.

Scheduled College Visits

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List of 3 members.

  • Mr. Jak Bestle 

    AA Director of College Counseling
    (518) 429-2436
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - B.S.
  • Ms. Jennifer Rosen Poole 

    AAG Director of College Counseling
    (518) 429-2300
    University of Vermont - B.S.
    New York University - M.A.
  • Ms. Amy McDonald 

    College Counseling Assistant/Special Events
    (518) 429-2393
    SUNY Plattsburgh - B.S.

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.