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City School District of Albany

Arbor Hill Elementary: A Community School

Arbor Hill Elementary:

A Community School

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

Click here for our 2018-19 school supply list


1 Arbor Drive

Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 475-6625
Fax: (518) 475-6627


Rosalind Gaines-Harrell, Principal

E-mail: rgaines-harrell@albany.k12.ny.us


Janet Escoto-LaVoie, Assistant Principal

E-mail: jescoto-lavoie@albany.k12.ny.us


School times

  • Early Bird Program (space is limited, application required) -- 7:45 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 8:35 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 9 a.m.

  • School day ends -- Arbor Hill Elementary uses staggered dismissal times to avoid congestion in the building:

    • Pre-K -- 3:15 p.m. dismissal in the cafeteria. Parents must sign out students.

    • Kindergarten -- 3:25 p.m. dismissal in the front lobby. Parents picking up students must sign them out.

      • Yellow bus dismissal 3:25 p.m. from the cafeteria.

    • Grades 1-5 -- 3:35 p.m. dismissal from the side door/bridge area.

  • After-school child care ends -- 6 p.m.

Upcoming events


  • Thursday, Oct. 11
    • Fatherhood Initiative, 9 a.m.
    • Chat and Chew with the Principal, noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 19 -- Movie Night, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 29 -- Spirit Week begins
  • Monday, Nov. 5 -- PBIS Assembly, 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- No school for students, Superintendent's Conference Day
  • Friday, Nov. 9
    • First quarter ends
    • PBIS celebrations throughout the day
  • Monday, Nov. 12 -- No school, Veterans Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14
    • Book Fair
    • Picture Re-Take Day
    • Special Olympics, 5-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 -- Harvest Feast and Book Fair, 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16 -- Book Fair
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 -- No school for students, Parent-Teacher Conference Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 22-Friday, Nov. 23 -- No school, Thanksgiving Recess


2018-19 news and information
  • Families, staff and community partners enjoy Field Day - Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

  • District playgroup targets tiny learners -- The youngest future Falcons in the City School District of Albany enrolled in their first-ever class on Sept. 25 . It’s called “Play, Learn, Soar,” and it’s a brand new early education program offered to infants and children up to age 3 at Arbor Hill Elementary School. Read more about the program -- open to all district families -- here. You also can check out a Facebook photo album from the playdate. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."

  • September PBIS assembly recognizes parents -- Students, staff and parents who volunteered were honored.  Check out a Facebook photo album of the event. You don't need a Facebook account ot view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

About Arbor Hill Elementary School

Built in 1973, Arbor Hill Elementary School is located on Arbor Drive, across the street from Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center. A two-year project to renovate the building  was completed in September 2010 and students and families returned to Arbor Hill Elementary School's familiar 1 Arbor Drive home!


At the new Arbor Hill Elementary, students learn in a modernized facility with new computers in every classroom, walls and doors surrounding every classroom (as opposed to the school's former open-classroom layout), new computer and science labs, a restored indoor atrium and a new heating and cooling system.


Early dismissal procedures

Please pick up all students for early dismissal before 3 p.m. Teachers read, review PBIS points and bring closure to the day between 3-3:30 p.m. It is extremely disruptive to the learning environment as well as experiencing a delay in your early pick-up if the rules are not followed. If you pick your child up daily at 3 p.m., they miss 2.5 hours of instruction in one week! That's 10 hours in a month -- more than a full day of school missed in a month!


Messages to students

Due to instruction and dismissal, we do not interrupt classrooms for student messages during the day. Students will receive the message before they go home, but we will not interrupt the class to speak to them directly.


Signing out students

Sign out your child in the book located in the front lobby. A hall monitor will bring your child to the front lobby.


Visiting classroom areas

For safety reasons, parents are NOT permitted in the classroom areas unless it is by appointment or for a special class presentation. If you have an appointment to see a teacher, come to the desk in the front lobby to receive a visitor's pass. We will call your child's classroom to confirm the appointment or presentation with the teacher, you then can go to the classroom.


Late students

Hall monitors will accompany all late students to their classrooms.


Anti-bullying efforts at Arbor Hill -- Let's complete the puzzle together

We invite you to visit Arbor Hill Elementary School's anti-bullying website.


Bullying hurts people, and at Arbor Hill Elementary we continue working toward making our school a better place. Our interactive website for students, parents and teachers will help everyone in our school community to understand the painful scars that are caused by bullies as well as what we all can do to stop it. Let’s complete the puzzle together!


Absence from school

If your child is absent for school for any reason, call the school at (518) 475-6625 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.



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