About Elsmere Elementary

Elsmere Elementary School is located in the small community of Delmar, which is adjacent to the city of Albany.

Our theme is PRIDE: Personal Best, Respect and Responsibility, Integrity, Determination and Enthusiasm, which guides us each day in our work and play. As we immerse ourselves in hands on curriculum and valuable learning, we focus on the importance of applying our skills in responsible ways. Elsmere School seeks to provide a safe place for children to aspire to the highest academic standards. We encourage our students to be all they can be at school and beyond, and we celebrate their successes. Our parents and staff have a strong partnership focused on providing the best environment for the children.

We call Elsmere School “a place to love and grow.”

Mission Statement

Our mission at Elsmere Elementary is to be a community of lifelong learners who nurture and inspire the highest standards in academics, accountability and character to contribute to an ever-changing world.

Elsmere History 

Construction of the Elsmere School began in 1927, and it opened on Sept. 4, 1928. It originally housed grades 1-8 in four rooms, with 41 first- and second-graders in one room and 26 seventh- and eighth-graders in another. Today we have around 250 students enrolled in grades K-5 with class sizes ranging from 18-22 students.

Attendance and Reporting Absences

Regular school attendance is essential to a student’s educational development and social-emotional well-being. With some exceptions, every child enrolled in school is expected to be present each day school is in session.

All absences, tardiness, and early departures (ATED) must be accounted for. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school office on the day of the ATED and to provide a written excuse upon the student’s return to school.

To learn more about our district’s attendance policies, please click here.

Visiting our School

Our visitor policies are designed to ensure the safety of all students and staff and minimize disruption to the instructional program. The doors to all elementary schools are locked during the school day. Visitors will push a call button at the main entrance to alert the office to their presence at the door.

Main office staff will ask visitors to identify themselves, and then will “buzz” them into the building. Once inside, visitors will report to the main office, sign in, and take a visitor’s badge. Upon leaving the building, please return to the office to sign out and return the badge.

To learn more about our district’s visitor policies, please click here.

Pick-up and Drop Off Directions

Drivers wishing to drop off or pick up children during these times are asked to do so on Herrick Avenue. Please observe the “No Parking Between Signs” area. Buses cannot make the turn into the school lot with cars in that area.

It is illegal to pass a school bus loading and unloading passengers. These regulations are for the safety of your children.

For directions to our school, please click here. Students should be dropped off and picked up from the Main Office.