The Lower School program (Preschool through Grade 4) at Albany Academy for Girls takes place in an engaging single-gender environment that allows girls to develop in their own specific ways.
Research indicates that boys and girls learn in very different ways – making it crucial that faculty members know how to teach specifically to each gender. Our Lower School program takes this into account and recognizes that boys and girls have a much more varied and successful educational experience when they are free to take academic risks in gender-specific classrooms. Dedicated teachers who know their students facilitate a supportive and positive environment where children are challenged as they reach their full potential.
Our Lower School program is focused on reading, writing, listening and speaking, and recognizes that each child has his own unique personality and special talents. Literacy and math students engage in project-based, experiential learning that builds confidence, communication skills and responsibility. They are also introduced to the Arts & Athletics through a variety of meaningful activities and events. Our commitment to parents is to help students find their unique gifts and build upon them while also providing a well-rounded education with high standards.
Additionally, with our unique campus structure that houses students from 3 years old through Grade 12, Lower School students receive many opportunities to learn from and interact with their older counterparts – creating a true sense of family among the members of the Academy community.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!

Warm regards,

Michelle Hughes
Pre-K through Grade 8 Director
Albany Academy for Girls


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.