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Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Prekindergarten-Grade 6


274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6650

Fax: 475-6652



Jasmine N. Brown, Principal


Jason Rogers, Assistant Principal



About Giffen

Originally opened in 1960, Rev. John Giffen, M.D., Memorial Elementary School serves students from prekindergarten through grade 6. Giffen underwent significant improvements that were finished in summer 2009, including a renovated computer lab, new phone connections, new air conditioning and new lighting in the gym, cafeteria and auditorium. Giffen was the 11th school to be completed as part of the district’s sweeping plan to rebuild or renovate every elementary and middle school by September 2010.

We are proud to be able to provide a range of programs and services to take care of our children's academic needs as well as provide health and wellness services on-site. These services include mobile dental health services through our partnership with the St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and school-based health services through our partnership with Whitney M. Young Jr., Health Services, in addition to mental health and other wellness services on premises.


School times

  • Building opens: 8:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins: 8:30 a.m.

  • School day begins: 9:05 a.m.

  • School day ends: 3:35 p.m.

  • After-school child care ends: 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. Friday

Points of distinction

  • School is an integral part of the community

  • Partnerships with numerous organizations and agencies.

  • Ethnically diverse student body

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, March 15
    • Wacky Wednesday (wear mismatched outfits)
    • English as a New Language Night, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16 -- Favorite Team Day
  • Friday, March 17
    • Giffen Green Day
    • Parent/Faculty Basketball Game, 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18 -- New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Festival, Myers Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21 -- Spring Picture Day
  • Wednesday, March 22 -- All-City Chorus Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m
  • Tuesday, March 28 -- Autism Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 29 - Friday, March 31 -- NYS English language arts exams for grades 3-8

  • Friday, March 31

    • Third quarter ends

    • College Friday

  • Tuesday, April 4 -- All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.

  • Friday, April 14 -- Good Friday, no school
  • Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21 -- Spring Recess, no school


News and information

  • Giffen teacher meets gold standard -- Another City School District of Albany teacher has reached a professional gold standard. Betsey Domenico, an English-as-a-new-language (ENL) teacher at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, has earned certification through the highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards. (MORE)

  • Click here to visit the City School District of Albany Photo Gallery.

School times

  • Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.

  • The school day begins at 9:05 a.m.

  • The school day ends at 3:35 p.m.

Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school at 475-6750 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.



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