The Albany Academy has a rich tradition of producing well-rounded leaders. When our alumni return to our school, they cite the leadership opportunities they faced in all facets of student life. They stress the importance of our schools core values: integrity, self-discipline, perseverance, compassion, service, respect, responsibility, and ingenuity. These values along with a focus on service-learning help shape our students to become successful leaders.
The leadership program is multi-faceted, and includes student government, leadership classes, leadership opportunities within the house system, monthly all-school leadership assemblies, community service opportunities, and specified all-school Community Service Days. Students are given the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom through our many community service programs – both within the school environment and beyond.
Through weekly leadership classes and advising periods, students identify different styles of leadership and explore the difference between leadership and "followership." Recognizing that not all students are comfortable with the traditional opportunities of leadership, we strive to broaden their idea of what it means to be a leader and to help them find new avenues in which to lead.
It is important to give students the responsibility for carrying out academic projects and functions, and then having them stand and deliver through a project report, a display for parents or a student-led community event. This hands-on process fosters leadership, self-assurance and responsibility. Our aim is to produce students with the necessary skills to be successful leaders in tomorrow’s world.