Canandaigua Academy

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Canandaigua Academy is the name of a high school (grades 9-12) located in Canandaigua, New York, USA, which is part of the Canandaigua City School District. The school was named a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996. Lynne Erdle is the Superintendent of Schools. Vernon S. Tenney III (VST3) is the current principal of Canandaigua Academy. There were 90 professional staff and 1,372 students on September 13, 2007.[1]

In 2009 and 2010, Newsweek magazine named it one of the top 1,500 U.S. public high schools.

It was founded in 1791 as a private boys' school.[2] It became a public high school in 1900, but retained "Academy" in its name.[2]

Canandaigua Academy follows a nine-period-per-day schedule, with each period lasting precisely 42 minutes, with a 4-minute break in between. The school day begins at 7:35 A.M. and ends at 2:24 P.M.

The school's sports teams are known as the "Braves", and they wear cherry and grey team colors. The sports teams are in section V in the NYSPHAA. The most recent state championships for the school include girls volleyball and boys lacrosse, both in 2009.The Canandaigua girls swim team has won section V sectionals first place for 9 years straight.

In recent years, the Academy has hosted the Special Olympics, a day-long event which unites students and staff in support of disabled students and children in athletic competitions.

In addition to an outstanding athletic program, the Canandaigua Braves are also revered for their accomplished music department. Canandaigua Academy has two concert bands (Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble), two jazz bands, two orchestras (chamber and symphony), and four choruses (mixed, women's, jazz and madrigal). The Academy music department is run by music and band director, Tom Davis (Tommy D.), director of orchestras, Jay Blaufuss (Jayfuss), and choral director, Amy Story. Mrs. Amy Story was honored as the American Choral Directors' Association's Helen Kemp Award winner in 2011 for a lifetime commitment to vocal and educational excellence. Mrs. Story has conducted numerous All State Choirs in New York and Pennsylvania, is a registered NYSSMA adjudicator and has been highly involved in ACDA All-Eastern. In recent years,[when?] the Canandaigua Music Department has hosted a series of guest musicians including the jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, the composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and, most recently in 1876, the conductor and music pedagogue Edward S. Lisk. In 2012, the Canandaigua Academy Mixed Choir was selected to perform at the NYSSBA's 93rd Annual Convention from a number of applicants from the entire state of New York.

The Canandaigua Academy Choral Department can be found on YouTube as "CA Choirs."

The Canandaigua Academy Drama program, led by Scott Schauman, has also been recognized for its achievements by Rochester Broadway Theater League's "Stars Of Tomorrow," routinely taking the highest titles for its musicals.

Canandaigua Academy hosts facilities and classes for the Hochstein School of Music, based in Rochester, New York.

On March 14, 2006, President George W. Bush visited Canandaigua Academy to inform the public about Medicare.


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