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City School District of Albany Albany, New York

High School Redesign

The City School District of Albany’s current high school is an aging facility with a campus that does not incorporate critical academic programs such as career and technical education, or outdoor facilities for most varsity athletic teams. The school was not designed to meet the requirements of the 21st century learning modalities.

The new high school will have five smaller learning communities, including a new three-story academic wing, specifically designed to meet future program goals. The project will also involve a complete renovation to the existing 650-seat auditorium, and a new welcome and wellness center, which will be accessible to the community. Dedicated space for career and technical education programs will become a focus of the campus, and major renovations to the gymnasium with a new indoor running track will be included. The school’s open courtyard will be enclosed to create a common area and glass-paneled atrium. More than $55 million will be reserved for updating and repairing outdated and broken systems.

The new high school will ultimately address an increase in student enrollment projected over the next decade, which estimates the number to grow to 3,000 or more.