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Giffen Memorial Elementary

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



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 is 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

  • Friday, April 11 -- Prekindergarten lottery at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, April 14-Friday, April 18 -- Spring recess, no school
  • Monday, April 21 -- Prekindergarten registration begins (through May 9)
  • Friday, April 25 -- College Day
  • Monday, April 28
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    • Parent Day
  • Wednesday, April 30 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Thursday, May 1 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Friday, May 2 -- New York State math exams, grades 3-8
  • Friday, May 9 -- Fourth quarter interim marking period ends
  • Tuesday, May 13 -- PTA meeting, 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 19 -- General prekindergarten and kindergarten registraiton begins
  • Tuesday, May 20 -- SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE
  • Thursday, May 22 -- Spring Concert and Art Show, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 26 -- Memorial Day, no school
  • Friday, May 30 -- College Day

News and information

  • Young scholars celebrate lessons learned -- The 101 students who took part in this year's Scholars' Institute gathered at The Sage College of Albany March 26 to share their knowledge and celebrate their hard work during the past six months. (MORE)

  • Researching America -- Giffen fifth-grade students celebrated the culmination of a six-week research project Dec. 20 with an exhibit of their reports on the 50 states (pictured at right). Each student selected a state and conducted extensive research to learn more about that state’s history, culture and defining characteristics. Visit our district Photo Gallery to see more pictures of the displays. Congratulations to all of the students on a job well done!

  • New community centers bolster students and families -- The City School District of Albany has partnered with the State University of New York’s Office of the Education Pipeline and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany to provide new after-school programs for 400 students, including more than 60 from Giffen Memorial Elementary School. (MORE)

  • Top teachers get Golden Apples -- The City School District of Albany celebrated 15 top teachers Oct. 23 at the 2013 Golden Apple Awards. (MORE)

  • District launches new monthly TV program -- The City School District of Albany is launching a new monthly television program on Channel Albany/Channel 18, one of the city’s new public-access channels. The first edition of “Capital Education” airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. (MORE)

  • Giffen in the news -- Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and teacher Thomas Faulkner, the school's Golden Apple Award winner for 2013, were highlighted in a Sept. 22 Times Union story about Academic Intervention Services for schools statewide.

  • 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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