Greenfield is a K-8 elementary school in the heart of Center City – Philadelphia.
Our neighborhood public school fosters rigorous academics and mindful students in an engaged, diverse, environmentally-conscious community. With the surrounding city as our extended classroom, teaching and learning at Greenfield takes full advantage of Philadelphia’s vibrant culture and rich history.
In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, there were very few public schools serving families in Center City. Many children attended private school or were bussed to schools outside of Center City.
In September 1954, parents and the Center City Residents Association (CCRA) pressured the Board of Education to open an elementary school in Center City West. City Center School, which was the original name, resided in the YWCA at 2027 Chestnut Street. According to the CCRA, there were seven teachers and 153 children ages six to twelve when the school opened.
Within six years, there were 250 students and the space at YWCA was becoming less accommodating with the growing population. Again, parents and the community demanded a better facility to support the growing needs of the students/faculty. After a year of community meetings and appearances before the Board of Education, the Board purchased the former Jerrold Electronics Building at 23rd and Chestnut streets in 1960. The idea was to use the building as a temporary school with the intent of building a new school in the near future.
By 1963, parents and the community decided it was time to build a new building so in 1964 the Board of Education bought all the properties on the block that is now Greenfield. At this point the student population had grown to 375.
The process of building the new building began in 1966 and doors opened September 1970, with an enrollment of 780 children.
“The beautiful Albert M. Greenfield School that resulted is a tribute to years of cooperation among CCRA, parents and a host of hard working officers of the City Center Home and School Association. It is also a tribute to the Board of Education, who in their wisdom understood that a qualified public school was crucial to the renaissance taking place in Center City.” – CCRA News June 1997
The Greenfield staff is what makes our school stand out from the rest. It starts with Principal Dan Lazar and our front office staff. Follow the links below to learn more about the Greenfield Teachers and Administration.
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 green space.
The project was part of the Philadelphia Water Department’s efforts to solve the “overflow problem” caused by rain water running along paved city streets creating havoc on the city’s underground systems. Completed in 2010, Greening Greenfield helped earn our school national acknowledgment as a “Green Ribbon School” and “Greening Greenfield” remains a core value of the school, its students, and the community.
Read more, and watch the video about how Greenfield is helping to make our city and the environment a better place.
Watch the video on Greening Greenfield:
Take a look inside our school to see how much fun our students have on campus.
Greenfield’s great staff and parent involvement is what makes our school special. Join us for an event and see!
Greenfield prides itself on having a wealth of talent among our Greenfield families and staff. Each year parents/guardians step up to support the school and volunteer for fundraisers, events and important initiatives. Click on the opportunities below to learn more.
Thank you for your interest in Albert M. Greenfield School. We encourage you to take a tour of Greenfield. It’s a great way to get a more intimate look at our school.
Below are the open house and tour dates for the upcoming year. The school tours are generally held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. You do NOT need to register for tours. All tours and events begin at 9:00 and end around 10:30 am. Please gather in the lobby by 9:00 am.