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Pine Hills Elementary School

Pine Hills Elementary School
Prekindergarten-Grade 6


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


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
  • Teach and practice "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
  • 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
  • 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

  • Martin Luther King assembly -- Students, staff and families gathered in the gym at Pine Hills Elementary School on Friday to recognize the life an work of Martin Luther King Jr. Students sang, showed a video, shared dreams and read original essays at this annual assembly. Click here to see photos from the event.

  • Leadership Day -- Pine Hills Elementary is a "Leader in Me" school, meaning it follows a behavior model called "7 Habits" that is based on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." During Leadership Day on Dec. 14, visitors from the school heard a variety of student demonstrations showing how the "7 Habits" have shaped their lives and the world around them. Teams of students also led tours throughout the school and classrooms, and the day was capped off with a panel discussion about the "7 Habits" by student leaders. Click here to see a Facebook photo album of the day's events.

  • Summer journey to rural Africa is 'well' worth it -- The Pine Hills Elementary School geography bear will have some wonderful stories to share about summer vacation when students return to start the new school year. Principal Vibetta Sanders and teacher Deann Lynch took the school’s well-traveled unofficial mascot with them on a journey halfway around the world during August. Sanders and Lynch travelled to Tanzania to be part of a project the school’s students started three years ago. Led by its students, Pine Hills Elementary raised $15,000 to support the construction of a new freshwater well in the rural Mkuranga District. Please visit our District News section to read more, and for links with additional information.

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

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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