Albany Academy for Girls

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The Albany Academy for Girls
Albany Female Academy.JPG
Albany Female Academy building, c.1901
140 Academy Rd
Albany, New York 12208
United States
Type Private, College-prep, Day
Established 1814
Sister school The Albany Academy for Boys
Head of school Douglas M. North
Grades P12
Gender Girls
Enrollment 359
Average class size 15 students
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
Campus size 22 acres (89,000 m2)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Athletics 10 interscholastic sports teams
Athletics conference NEPSAC
Team name Bears
Affiliation The Albany Academies

Albany Academy for Girls is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls in Albany, New York, United States, 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 [1]. It is located on the corners of Hackett Boulevard and Academy Road, 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[edit]

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.[2]

Accreditation and memberships[edit]

The Albany Academies are accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and recognized by the Regents of the State of New York.

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, youngest woman ever elected to Congress[1][2]
  • 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


In Media[edit]

  • 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"

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jamie Weinstein. "Elise Stefanik wants to go to Congress". The Daily Caller. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Earle, Geoff (2015-01-07). "Youngest-ever congresswoman stands out on first day in office". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 

Coordinates: 42°38′44″N 73°47′03″W / 42.64558°N 73.78409°W / 42.64558; -73.78409