No School - Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)

All schools and district offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. However, Friday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 30 will be regular school days for all students and staff due to the district's use of five emergency closings this school year.

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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