Albany is an urban residential town of approximately one square mile, located in the San Francisco/East Bay Area. For a small community, Albany has a diverse population, due in part to the fact that UC Berkeley’s family housing complex is located within Albany USD. Thirty-one percent of Albany residents are foreign born, and 74% have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Many families are attracted to Albany because of its strong support for education.
Albany High School is the only comprehensive high school in the Albany Unified School District. It has 1170 students in grades 9 through 12. The school offers seven periods per day, two semesters per academic year. Each semester is a minimum of 18 weeks. We use a modified block schedule with all classes meeting on Monday for 51 minutes, odd periods meeting Tues/Thurs and even periods meeting on Wed/Fri. Block schedule periods are 94 minutes long.
The school has a diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural population, composed of approximately 35% White, 29% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% African-American, 16.5% Hispanic/Latino, and 14% multi-ethnic. We have 5.6% English Learners and 28% fluent-English proficient students. At least 21.7% of students qualify for the Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program. The graduation rate is 93%.
The teaching faculty includes 67 classroom teachers (49 full-time and 18 part-time), 38 of whom hold graduate degrees. The pupil-teacher ratio is 20 to 1. There are 3 administrators and 5 guidance counselors, 2 of whom work part time.
Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Lit., French, Mandarin, Spanish, Calculus AB & BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Art History, Studio Art, Computer Science, and Comparative Government. Honors courses are offered in English 3, Pre-Calculus and Visual Art. Advanced courses are offered in Art, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Photography, and Journalism. Special programs include EDSET (Environmental Design, Society, English, and Technology), a two-year program for 11th and 12th grade including an internship component.
School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
California public and nonpublic, nonsectarian schools annually provide information to the community to allow public comparison of schools for student achievement, environment, resources and demographics. View Albany High's latest SARC report.
Single Plan For Student Achievement (SPSA)
The Single Plan for Student Achievement is a plan of actions to raise the academic performance of all students. California Education Code sections 41507, 41572, and 64001 and the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) require each school to consolidate all school plans for programs funded through the ConApp and ESEA Program Improvement into the SPSA. View Albany High's latest SPSA.
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