Arbor Hill Elementary
1 Arbor Drive
Rosalind Gaines-Harrell, Principal
About Arbor Hill Elementary School
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
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
Anti-bullying efforts at Arbor Hill -- Let's complete
the puzzle together
We invite you to
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.
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
Early Bird Program (space is
limited, application required) -- 7:45 a.m.
School day begins
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.
Grades 1-6 -- 3:35
p.m. dismissal from the side door/bridge area.
care ends -- 6 p.m.
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!
Due to instruction and dismissal, we do not
interrupt classrooms for student messages during the
day. They will receive the message before they go home,
but we will not interrupt the class to speak to them
Sign out your child in the book
located in the front lobby. A hall monitor will bring
your child to the front lobby.
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
Hall monitors will accompany all
late students to their classrooms.
Voluntary uniform policy
Full-day prekindergarten and
kindergarten programs offered
Before- and after-school child care
Recipient of Pathfinder Award for
Outstanding Educational Achievement
Located on extensive grounds
surrounded by beautiful landscaping
- Saturday, July 15 --
Summer Celebration and Safety Day, Krank
Park at First Ave., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 5 --
First day of school
News and information
- Arbor Hill's gift of technology -- Students at Arbor Hill
Elementary School spent the morning of May 12 showcasing the positive impacts
technology and philanthropy can have on education. In January, the Touhey Family
Foundation provided grades 3-5 at Arbor Hill with enough Chromebooks for every
student to have their own in the classroom. Click
to view a video of the event.
- Valentine's Restaurant comes to school
-- Lunchtime in the cafeteria at Arbor Hill
Elementary School on Feb. 14 was transformed into a
fine dining experience by students and for students.
Fifth- and sixth-graders at the school helped
decorate the cafeteria in a Valentine’s Day theme
complete with tablecloths, napkins and “silverware.”
They then went on to seat and serve students from
the rest of the school (and eventually each other).
“Valentine’s Restaurant” is an annual event
at Arbor Hill Elementary.
here to see photos from the day.
SEFCU mentors at Arbor Hill --
TWCNews/Ch. 9 reported Dec. 2 on the
Arbor Hill Elementary School mentoring program that matches students
with volunteers from SEFCU, including President and CEO Michael J.
to visit the City School District of
Albany's online Photo Gallery.
Absence from school
If your child is absent for school for
any reason, call the school at 475-6625 during the
morning and provide a written excuse when your child
returns to school.