Our comprehensive high school program enables us to prepare our graduates to meet the challenges of college and community life. The curriculum includes accelerated courses in math, science, foreign language, English, and social studies. Albany Leadership also offers advanced placement courses in biology, calculus, language, literature, art, and U.S. history as well as College level courses in computer applications, Spanish, and English. Integrated within this curriculum are Service Learning opportunities that the student body is required to participate in. Each student at Albany Leadership is required to complete 90 hours of service learning before graduation. A portion of the student body is also involved in extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletics.
Courses and Grading
Averages and Rank in Class
The grade point average indicated on each student transcript is calculated on a weighted 4.0 scale and includes all courses that a student has taken throughout their high school career. Students are ranked based on their weighted GPA. The weighting formula is as follows:
- 1.00 = Regents courses
- 1.02 = Honors courses
- 1.05 = Advanced Placement and college level courses
Courses and Supplies
Please follow the links below to review ALH’s course book and class supply list:
College Course Information
Please follow the links below to review specific college course information:
Grade classification is determined only at the beginning of the school year.
Grade 9: In order to be classified as a ninth grade student, the individual must have met the requirements of the Grade Eight Promotion Standards. Students at this grade level must purchase and wear the approved dark purple colored shirt.
Grade 10: In order to be classified as a tenth grade student, the individual must have completed five units. Students not passing Regents Exam(s) will be placed into a Regents Preparatory class. Students at this grade level must purchase and wear the approved lavender colored shirt.
Grade 11: In order to be classified as an eleventh grade student, the individual must have completed eleven units. Students not passing Regents Exam(s) will be placed into a Regents Preparatory class. Students at this grade level must purchase and wear the approved white colored shirt.
Grade 12: In order to be classified as a twelfth grade student, the individual must have completed sixteen and one half units. In addition, the student must be enrolled in all other units, required and elective, needed to complete graduation requirements. Students not passing Regents Exam(s) will be placed into a Regents Preparatory class. Students at this grade level must purchase and wear the approved black colored shirt.
Pathways to Graduation
New NYSED Regulations: As explained, students are required to pass five Regents examinations in high school in order to graduate – one each in English, Science, math, as well as the United States history and the global studies and geography examinations. The 2014-15 approved changes include a “4+1” option that permits a student to take four Regents examinations and a comparably rigorous technical, arts, or other assessment for the fifth examination required for graduation. The 4+1 option would apply beginning with students who first entered ninth grade in or after September 2011 and thereafter or who are otherwise eligible to receive a high school diploma in June 2015 and thereafter and have passed four required Regents exams (or Department-approved alternative assessments) in English, mathematics, science and social studies
Requirements for Regents Diplomas
There are multiple options for graduating from Albany Leadership with a NYS Regents Diploma. Please take some time to review the various options available.
WHAT IS AVID?
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. Our AVID program places special emphasis on WICOR: writing, inquiry/critical thinking, teamwork/collaboration, organization and reading skills.
What is WICOR?
AVID WICOR strategies are used in our classrooms as well as our AVID elective classes. Below is a description of WICOR and the picture outlines examples of each strategy that may be used in the classroom.
W=Writing: Using writing for communication and deeper learning
I=Inquiry: Going deeper than is what is understood to make connections
C=Collaboration: Learning and working with peers for deeper understanding
O=Organization: Strategies that assist with time management/organization of work
R=Reading: Reading for relevance and understanding in all classes
Students have the opportunity to apply to join the AVID elective classes each school year. If you or your student are interested in join AVID during the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out the application below.