• Front of School  

    Harriet Gifford Elementary School
    240 South Clifton Avenue
    Elgin, IL 60123 

    Principal: Mr. Joe Corcoran

    Phone: 847/888-5195
    Fax: 847/608-2763

    Attendance: 847/888-5195 

    Grades: K-6
    Dual Language: K-6
    Enrollment: 440
    School Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
    Mascot: Buddy Bear
    School Colors: Blue and White

  • Welcome to the Harriet Gifford Elementary School website! We are home to 440 students in grades K-6. Our educational program features both General Education and Dual Language Classrooms. We also feature a unique Outdoor Classroom where student can participate in hands-on activities. 

    Harriet Gifford is a Title 1 School with a student population that celebrates its diversity. We also are a P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) school. Students live by three basic standards: Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful. Our Mission Statement, Learning, Caring, Growing…Together, reflects our belief that we are all lifelong learners here to help and care for each other. 

    Parents play an important part at our school. Our parent group, PIC (Parent Involvement Committee), is an excellent way for parents to get involved in the school and meet other parents. They provide much needed resources for our students and classrooms. Please see our Parent page for more information on this group. 

    The Family Calendar on this page is updated regularly and is a good source for your information on upcoming events.  

    We have an outstanding staff here at Harriet Gifford, that are here because they want to make a difference with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please first start with your child’s teacher. If your situation is still not satisfied, please feel free to contact the school principal. Together we can make this a great place for your child to Learn, Care and Grow.  


    Joe Corcoran, Principal