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Pine Hills Elementary School

Pine Hills Elementary School
Prekindergarten-Grade 5

Click here for our 2018-19 school supply list


41 North Allen St., Albany, NY 12203 (click here for directions)
Phone: (518) 475-6725
Fax: (518) 475-6729


Tia Corniel, Principal

Email: tcorniel@albany.k12.ny.us

Zipporah Galimore, Assistant Principal

Email: zgallimore@albany.k12.ny.us


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.

Upcoming events


  • Friday, Oct. 26 -- Harvest Festival, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 5 -- PTA meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- No school for students, Superintendent's Conference Day
  • Friday, Nov. 9 -- First quarter ends
  • Monday, Nov. 12 -- No school, Veterans Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 -- No school for students, Parent-Teacher Conference Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 22-Friday, Nov. 23 -- No school, Thanksgiving Recess
  • Friday, Nov. 30 -- Literacy Night, 6-7:30 p.m.


Board appoints new Pine Hills principal

Tia Corniel is the new principal of Pine Hills Elementary School, and will replace Vibetta Sanders beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9. Sanders has accepted a new position with the City School District of Albany focused on culturally responsive education and equity practices.


Corniel is transferring to Pine Hills from Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, where she has served as an assistant principal since O’Neal opened at the start of the 2017-18 school year. She is an experienced educational leader, having served as principal of Albany’s Brighter Choice Charter Elementary School for Girls from 2014-16. She also served as the academic dean at Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls from 2011-14, and as a science teacher at Albany Leadership prior to that.


Corniel will partner with Assistant Principal Zipporah Galimore and the entire Pine Hills community to sustain those programs that it values. That includes the school’s commitment to developing the leadership skills of all students through the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” philosophy, and to educating the whole child by ensuring their social and academic needs are met.


You can read the full letter from Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams regarding this announcement here.


2018-19 news and information

  • Pine Hills students were 'clapped in' on the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Click here to see a Facebook photo album from the morning.  You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

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. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" are a critical aspect of Pine Hills, and they are taught and practiced daily.


Absence from school

If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school at (518) 475-6725 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.



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