Established in 1934, Albany High School serves grades nine through 12 in the Albany Unified School District. It…More received a distinguished Academic Performance Index ranking of 9 out of 10 for the 2008-09 school year.
School Principal Ted Barone can be reached by phone at 510-558-2510 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Parent Handbook is available online.
As of 2008-09, the school spent $6,460 per pupil (compared with $5,443 per pupil in the district and $5,512 in the state). However, $2,162, was supplemental.
The average teacher salary was $60,380, compared with $64,086 in the district and $65,425 in the state. Download the Albany High School Data PDF for more information.
The school was 35 percent white, 36 percent Asian and 12 percent Latino in 2008-09. Additionally, 13 percent of students were categorized as socioeconomically disadvantaged; 13 percent as English learners; and 2 percent as having disabilities.
The school's mission is to "provide an environment challenging to our students and to educate them to become happy, productive, and responsible citizens of a diverse society. Students will become self-directed learners, academically prepared individuals, healthy individuals, complex thinkers and consummate problem solvers, effective communicators, responsible citizens, navigators to the future, and citizens who appreciate the arts."
According to the school's most recent SARC, 22 percent of its students were admitted by permit from other districts, primarily from Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond.
Out of the school's 2006 graduating class, according to the district, 97 percent planned to attend college, 59 percent at four-year colleges and 38 percent at community colleges.
According to the state Department of Education, as of the 2007-08 school year, the district's four-year dropout rate was 2 percent. This number includes some students who transfer to other schools or move to other countries, said Superintendent Marla Stephenson. Sometimes the district is informed about where the student moves, when the new district requests the student's academic records. But if the district has no information about the student's new school, it must report him or her as a dropout.
Albany High offers seven periods of instruction and two semesters per year. It is on a modified block schedule with all classes meeting on Monday for 52 minutes, odd periods meeting on Tuesday and Thursday, and even periods meeting on Wednesday and Friday. Block schedule periods are 95 minutes long, and the school has two 40-minute advisory periods per week.
The school offers advanced placement, honors and advanced courses throughout each subject area, as well as fine arts classes and other special programs. The school offers four levels of English Language Development classes and a variety of sheltered content classes as needed.
The teaching faculty includes 51 full-time and 11 part-time classroom teachers. The pupil-teacher ratio is 31 to 1. There are three administrators, four guidance counselors, a part-time career counselor, a part-time mental health coordinator and a school psychologist.
Albany High School parents can sit on a variety of leadership and support committees. The Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) is the largest support organization. PTSA meetings focus on program issues and student needs, and it maintains a "Mini-grant" program that funds small one-time student and school site needs. Each parent officer in the PTSA mentors a student officer. Students do not participate as just school representatives, but rather as partners in running the meetings and setting goals.
The School Site Council is a decision-making body that includes the principal, teachers, classified staff, parents and student representatives. It meets on the third Monday of each month to review school programs, write an annual report to the School Board and recommend ways to spend grant funds. Recommendations are based on the WASC Action Plan, student achievement data and on the annual Needs Assessment survey given to all staff, parents and student each spring.
The Instructional Improvement Council reviews the instructional program, considers new course proposals and consults with the administration regarding staff development.
The Athletic Advisory Council provides oversight of the interscholastic sports program and its budget. Athletic Boosters provide support for athletic programs through fundraising activities. Sports teams practice on Cougar Field.
To find out how you can get involved, call the school or talk to your child's teachers.