COVID-19 Updates and Information

Grades 3-5 will return for full time in-person learning starting Monday, April 26, which will fully reopen all elementary schools. The K-12 Full Remote program will still be available to families who choose that option. Due to state regulations, Columbia and Goff will remain in the Hybrid Model at this time. The East Greenbush CSD will continue to evaluate options for Columbia and Goff students to receive increased in-person learning at 6 feet social distancing where possible.

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About Bell Top

Bell Top Butterfly GardenBell Top Elementary is a small community school that serves families from Defreestville, North Greenbush, Troy and Wynantskill. The original Bell Top School was built in 1866 as a one-room schoolhouse. In 1940 the East Greenbush Central School District held its grand opening for the building we now know as Bell Top. The historic bell, a well-known landmark, is located in the front of the school and was once used to summon children to the one-room schoolhouse.

Bell Top is a Reward School based on its high academic achievement, according to the NYS Education Department.

Principal Martin Mahar
39 Reynolds Road
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-207-2600
Fax: 518-283-1184

Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
School Hours: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Early Dismissal: 11:35 am



  • To promote the dignity and worth of every child
  • To develop the communication skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and observing in every child to the fullest extent possible
  • To promote high expectations for the success of all students
  • To develop each child¹s ability to think critically
  • To provide each child with the opportunity to develop her or his creative talents
  • To assist each child in developing interpersonal skills, which shall include leadership, cooperative working, problem solving, and decision making
  • To promote use of the most effective instructional techniques in each classroom and program