Albany Academy for Girls
|Albany Academy for Girls|
|Albany, New York|
|Head of School||Douglas M. North|
|Enrollment||349 students (Age 3-Grade 12)|
|Average class size||15 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||10:1|
|Campus||22 acres (89,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||10 interscholastic sports teams|
Albany Academy for Girls is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls in Albany, New York, USA, enrolling students from Preschool (age 3) to Grade 12. Founded in 1814 by Ebenezer Foote as the Albany Female Academy, AAG is the oldest independent girls day school in the United States . It is located on the corners of Hackett and Academy Roads, across the street from its brother school The Albany Academy.
In July 2007, the administrative teams of The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls merged into The Albany Academies. Both schools bring with them deeply treasured values of community, tradition and purpose to the newly formed institution known as The Albany Academies. However, The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls continue to grant their own diplomas.
Collaboration with The Albany Academy
The Board of Trustees announced that The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls would merge into The Albany Academies in July 2007. Single-gender education will continue under the present form in Lower and Middle Schools, while Upper School students may continue to cross-register for coed classes and certain extracurricular activities.
On July 1, 2009, the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Douglas M. North AA'58, President of Alaska Pacific University, to the position of Head of School of The Albany Academies, effective July 2010.
Accreditation and memberships
The Albany Academies are a member of the following associations: the College Board, the Cum Laude Society, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Educational Records Bureau, the Capital Region Independent Schools Association, the Association of Boys' Schools, the Secondary Schools Admission Test Board, and the New England Prep School Athletic Association.
Notable alumnae include:
- Anne Lynch Botta, (1815-1891), poet, author, teacher, socialite
- Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University alongside her husband Leland Stanford
- Elise Stefanik, politician
- Rev. Caroline Soule, first woman ordained in the UK
- Caroline Taylor, arts manager, writer, producer, performer, and a patron of the arts, Member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, under President Obama. Wife of singer songwriter James Taylor
- John Chester, second president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- John Ely, U.S. Representative from New York
- Doris Grumbach, novelist, biographer, literary critic, and essayist
- Eben Norton Horsford, chemist and Viking enthusiast
- Caroline B. Mason, educator, the only person in the United States to head two schools simultaneously
- In The Official Preppy Handbook, edited by Lisa Birnbach, an Albany Academy for Girls admissions pamphlet is pictured among others in a section titled "Preparing to Prep: Picking the School for You"
- Jamie Weinstein. "Elise Stefanik wants to go to Congress". The Daily Caller. Retrieved June 25, 2014.