center city schools

Albert M. Greenfield School

Located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School takes full advantage of its position in the vibrant core of Center City Philadelphia. From collaborations with local arts and cultural organizations, businesses and associations, to urban explorations and service projects, Greenfield offers K-8 students and their families a unique and wonderful education. A diverse student population, energetic parents, active alumni, and a dedicated staff make Greenfield the model for a city school.

Greenfield's features and programs include: computer access in every classroom, a computer lab, two science labs, reading and research time in a state-of-the-art library, a thriving Mentally Gifted Program, instrumental music instruction, a vocal music program, art instruction, foreign language instruction as well as physical education.

School Community

The Greenfield Home and School Association is highly involved in the daily activities of the school. Under the Home & School's leadership, Greenfield parents have completed a campus improvement project with planting and landscaping upgrades, interior and exterior paint, lobby beautification, cafeteria, library and auditorium renovations, and the acquisition of artwork.

The Home & School Association has formed extensive partnerships with the business community, and created a "teacher fund" for supplemental classroom supplies. Throughout the year, they plan an array of special events for the students, and are active participants in the day-to day-activities at Greenfield--they work in classrooms, in the library, and provide support to teachers and students in a variety of ways.

Home & School has also recruited many after-school programs to increase the after school enrichment offerings for students. There are regular opportunities to engage in drama, choir, Arabic drumming and much more.

A high proportion of the instructional staff holds advanced degrees in addition to extensive teaching experience.

Annual school-wide events include: a Spring Fair; Candy Sale; Dance Week; Scholastic Book Fair; Multi-cultural Dinner; Silent Auction; Flea Market; Beautification Days; Career Day; Family Bingo Night; Family Movie Night; Winter and Spring Concerts; Piano Recital; and Volunteer Thank You Luncheon.

Extracurricular activities sponsored by the school include: Scrabble Club, Science Club, Art Club, String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Writing Club, Yearbook, Girls on the Run, Safety Patrol, Chess Club and Math 24 Club.

The "Greening Greenfield" project was a five-phase initiative that transformed the building and grounds of the school from a mixed-use asphalt play yard to a self-sustaining, flowering green space. Phase I, which was completed in 2009, included new play equipment, a rain garden with 23 new trees, an herb garden and orchard, and a rock garden. The new water-permeable surface collects rainwater and reduces runoff into the municipal sewer system. Phase II and III, completed in 2010, included installation of another rain garden on the west side of the school yard and additional semipermeable play surface to further reduce storm water runoff. In addition, a 5.3 kilowatt solar array was installed on the roof to help offset electric use in the building. Phase IV was completed in 2011 and included the completion of outdoor classroom space in the secret garden. This provides an enclosed outdoor space at the northwest corner of the property where classes can go and conduct classes outside. Phase V which should be completed by the end of 2013 will include greening of our two kindergarten play spaces.

The rooftop weather station, funded completely by a student-organized "penny drive", is connected to every classroom, providing constant meteorological data. In addition teachers now use the revitalized school yard as an outdoor classroom. These enhanced campus features play an integral part in science education across the grade span.

As a result of the tireless work to green Greenfield school by the school community, Greenfield was one of four Pennsylvania schools nominated as a National Green Ribbon School.

Community Partnerships

Greenfield's community partners include the following:

  • Network Arts provided mosaic residency and installation.
  • Musicopia provided music appreciation and instrumental experience.
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Philadelphia Water Department: sponsored hands-on lessons in storm drain marking and is involved in the "Greening of Greenfield" Initiative.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: provided lessons on recycling and water pollution.
  • Moore College of Art & Design provides an after-school program in which Greenfield students embark on a semester-long art project that culminates in a major installation at the school. Past projects have included a tile mosaic that now adorns the entire third-floor hallway, and a large-scale model of the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, which included mobiles, photographs, and sculptures.
  • Science Leadership Academy
  • City Institute Library
  • Children's Literacy Initiative
  • University Of Pennsylvania Albert M Greenfield Intercultural Center
  • Soaring Words- Making quilts for terminally ill children
  • Need in Deed-Service learning
  • Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
  • Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition

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22nd and Chestnut Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19103

P: (215) 299-3566
F: (215) 299-3567
Elementary School, K-8

Dan Lazar

Total Enrollment: 580

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