Albany Area School serves the communities of Albany, Avon, Farming, St. Anthony and St. Martin. The district is comprised of an Early Childhood Center, two elementary schools, and one junior/senior high school. Two hundred and sixty (260) teachers and support staff serve nearly 1,690 students. The district is dedicated to small class sizes, a well-designed and delivered curriculum, an experienced staff, a variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and community partnerships.
Small Class Sizes: The average class size in the elementary grades K-6 is 20-25. The average size in the high school is 25.
Rigorous Curriculum: Albany Area School has an ongoing curriculum review process leading to a well-designed and delivered curriculum. Thirty-seven (37) college credits are available through our high school course offerings. The district uses both block and half-block classes to meet academic needs of junior and senior high students.
Student Opportunities: A variety of opportunities are available through clubs and organization at our elementary and secondary schools. Currently 89% of our high school students participate in fine arts, academic, and/or athletic extra-curricular activities.
Experienced Staff: Our professionals provide an environment of trust, respect and security and teach to a global perspective, which is essential for academic growth. The district also believes that teamwork is essential for success. Teachers have an average of thirteen (13) years of teaching experience.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities: Albany Area Community Education offers a variety of adult and youth recreation and enrichment opportunities. Kids Company is a school age child care program for students PreK-6. Early Childhood (ECFE & Preschool) programs provide support, information and resources to help parents in their efforts to raise healthier, happier children and prepare children for school. Albany Area Community Education also offers free one-on-one help with English Language Assistance (ESL), citizenship, reading, math, computer, GED, college preparation and job skills training through the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program.
Partnerships: The District awards $75,000 annually in scholarships from local businesses, groups and memorials. The District also collaborates with the College of St. Benedict, Saint John’s University and St. Cloud State University in the areas of student teaching, internships, recreation and activities involving cultural awareness and diversity. The District is fortunate to have strong community support and cooperation with our local businesses, churches, PTA, Women of Today, Lions Club, Jaycees, Chambers of Commerce, and the Albany Area Booster Club.