Student Handbook
Athletics/Physical Education

List of 3 items.

  • Lower School

    Boys meet their requirements through daily Physical Education.
  • Middle School

    Boys in grades 5 and 6 meet their requirements through daily Physical Education.

    The Albany Academies have a mandatory sports participation requirement for students in Grades 7 and 8. Each trimester a student may choose from several sport offerings. Practices will take place during the school day; however, games will be played after school hours. Attendance is mandatory at all games and practices. The Middle School interscholastic program is referred to as Modified Sports.

    Selective Classification Policy
    Moving a Middle School student up to participate in junior varsity or varsity competition relates to a select number of Middle School students. A student/athlete must possess “exceptional athletic ability,” be socially and physically mature, be a good student, demonstrate satisfactory school citizenship and successfully complete several New York State sport specific physical performance tests. A student athlete must have all the skills necessary to be an “impact player” at that level. Questions concerning this policy should be addressed to the school’s Director of Athletics.
  • Upper School

    The Albany Academy provides a comprehensive physical education program for students in Forms III-VI (Grades 9-12). The AA Physical Education program provides boys with basic to advanced principles that will enable them to take part in and enjoy a lifetime of sports and activities. This combined with fitness skills developing strength, flexibility, power, coordination and speed promotes a lifelong awareness of health and positive body image.

    Physical Education in Forms III-VI is a four-year graduation requirement that seeks to promote the understanding and value of the importance of a healthy and well-conditioned body and mind throughout one’s life. This is done by introducing a variety of lifetime sports and activities that are challenging but fun. Discussions concerning goal setting, fitness, body image, and emotional and physical health are a part of the program.

    All Upper School students are required to participate in at least two seasons of interscholastic sports every year. It is highly recommended that all students participate in three seasons of interscholastic sports. Students must participate in physical education four days per week during the one season they are not participating in an interscholastic sport.

    Students may substitute participation in a play or managing a sport for one season of interscholastic sports participation.

    Students may substitute participation in a play for one season of participation in physical education five days per week.

    Students taking advantage of one or more of the above substitutions are required to attend physical education two days per week.

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.