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Pine Hills Elementary School

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Pine Hills Elementary School
Prekindergarten-Grade 6

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41 North Allen St., Albany, NY 12203 (click here for directions)
Phone: 475-6725
Fax: 475-6729

Vibetta Sanders, Principal
e-mail: vsanders@albany.k12.ny.us


Enrollment change planned for 2015-16

Pine Hills Elementary School will have only one prekindergarten classroom in 2015-16 in an effort to manage the school's growing enrollment.


Pine Hills is one of three elementary schools that will have enrollment changes for next school year, along with New Scotland Elementary School and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST).


Pine Hills was rebuilt during the City School District of Albany's 2000s facilities project to be "three-deep" -- three classes per grade -- beginning in kindergarten and continuing through grade 5, with total enrollment of about 450 students. The school currently serves 456 students from prekindergarten through grade 6. Pine Hills currently is three-deep in kindergarten and grades 1-2, but has no additional classrooms for those grades to move forward with three sections.


To make room for all current students to remain in the school for 2015-16, the district will relocate one of Pine Hills’ two prekindergarten classrooms for next year. The location of that pre-K classroom has not yet been determined.


Another option the board and district considered was keeping both pre-K classes at Pine Hills and sending the school’s sixth graders to Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School for 2015-16. However, this option would have increased Myers’ enrollment to an estimated 730 students, well above the school’s ideal capacity of 650 and its current enrollment of 658. District enrollment estimates predict 684 students at Myers in 2015-16 without the Pine Hills sixth-graders. Please visit our District News section to read the complete story about the planned enrollment changes for 2015-16.


About Pine Hills Elementary School

Completely rebuilt in 2005-06 as part of the district's sweeping facilities project, the former Public School 16 reopened in the winter of 2007 as Pine Hills Elementary School. Pine Hills is a neighborhood school serving students in prekindergarten-grade 6 with 50 full-time and 14 part-time staff. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.


The school's mission is to provide a community of support for the “whole child” as it strives for academic excellence on the journey of life-long learning. To achieve that mission, administrators, faculty and staff work hard at establishing a learning community that actively develops and implements best practices.


School times

  • Breakfast begins: 7:30 a.m.
  • School day begins: 8 a.m.
  • Late bell: 8:03 a.m.
  • School day ends: 2:30 p.m.
  • After-school child care ends: 6 p.m.

Points of distinction

  • Full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten
  • Voluntary school uniforms
  • Recognized by the New York State Department of Education in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for strong academic improvement
  • One of 11 schools in the nation certified for environmental stewardship through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program
Upcoming events
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 -- First day of school for 2015-16
  • Monday, Sept. 14 -- No school, Rosh Hashana
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 -- PTA meeting, 6-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 -- Meet the Teacher Night, 6:15-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 -- Dads Take Your Child to School Day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 -- No school, Yom Kippur
  • Sunday, Sept. 27 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park (Details)

    • Same-day registration/packet pickup, 8 a.m.

    • 5K Run, 9:30 a.m.

    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.

News and information

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Absence from school

If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school at 475-6725 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.





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