center city schools

General Philip Kearny School

General Philip Kearny Elementary serves the thriving community of Northern Liberties. We are excited to open our new upper school wing in the fall of 2013. Kearny has full site selection and maintains a dynamic teaching staff made up of some of the most experienced veterans in the district, as well as some of the youngest and most energetic.

Our administration works hard to maintain small classes, especially in the earlier grades, in a nurturing environment. Kearny’s Mentally Gifted Program offers additional enrichment and challenge to many of our students.

Kearny graduates attend the Magnet and Select Admission High Schools, including Masterman High School, Central High School, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), Science Leadership Academy, Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences, National Constitution High School, Bodine High School for International Affairs and others. The neighborhood option is Benjamin Franklin High School.

Kearny is expanding to meet the demands of the growing neighborhood. Formerly a K-6 school, Kearny converted to K-8 and will complete construction in the summer of 2013 on a new wing. This new construction will feature a dedicated gymnasium, classrooms for our upper grades, greenspace, and a playground. The outdoor space is designed to both serve the students during the school day, and the community during non-school hours.

School Community

The Home & School Association comprises an active group of parents who work in a variety of ways to support the school. They hold fundraisers, volunteer throughout the building, host a variety of special events, and work to engage the whole community in the success of the school.

Kearny CougarsSports Programs — Kearny teachers coach a variety of intramural sport teams, offering volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball and basketball to our middle school students. Students work hard to maintain their grades in order to participate.

Other after-school programs include: Spanish Club, Crochet Club, Cooking Club, Literacy and Math clubs, and Instrumental practice.

Community Partnerships

Kearny enjoys a wide array of community partnerships, which provide enrichment opportunities for students. These include:

GeoKids — For 12 years Kearny students have benefited from this partnership with the Wagner Free Institute of Science, now a collaborative effort with Saint Joseph’s University Biology Department. The program engages students in the 1st through 4th grades in learning about science through yearlong units that are hands-on and content rich both inside and outside of the classroom. In 2013 the Wagner launched SNAP at Kearny, which enlists artists and art making in teaching science curriculum to our middleschool students.

Kearny School Music Program — Our full time music teacher enhances Kearny academics by teaching character education, African American history, and other life lessons in music class. He also leads our acclaimed choir. Itinerant music teachers, who instruct students on a variety of instruments during the school day and after school practices, enhance the program.

Kearny’s Mentally Gifted Program — Kearny’s MG program creates a special learning experience for a growing number of MG students. Small group, mixed-grade learning creates a healthy competitive environment for high achieving students to receive enhanced academic stimulation and experiential learning.

Spanish Language Instruction — An initiative led by parents and supported by the Douty Foundation and Concilio, Kearny now offers Spanish language instruction in our 1st and 2nd grade classrooms, and has added a Spanish club for grades 3 and 4, so interested students can continue to nurture the important skill of a second language.

Health Initiatives — Drexel University’s Eat Right Now program brings health education and healthy food sampling into the classroom. To encourage exercise and the development of positive social skills, Kearny secured significant seed money through the Penn Treaty Special Services District to bring PLAYWORKS to our school this year. This program provides a full-time coach and a curriculum aimed at building conflict resolution skills through play.

Parent Involvement — Through fundraising and volunteering the Kearny Home & School Association works to provide teachers the resources they need and to offset recent city and state budget cuts to education. In recent years we have established a Fall Festival, a Spring Concert, a Kids Rock Show and a Walk-a-thon.

NLARTS — Through collaboration with this local arts-based organization, Kearny students are able to participate in performing and visual arts programs, including summer camp, through scholarships.

Claymobile — Through our relationship with the Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition, Kearny has been awarded a Clay Studio residency that will lead our students on an exploration and visioning of their own neighborhood through art making.

Helping Hand Rescue Mission Youth Program — This program provides homework help, as well as a free soccer program. The Mission maintains a close and supportive relationship with many Kearny students, ensuring that they have all they need to succeed academically. The Kearny Home and School Association has worked with the mission to create a Holiday Make ‘n Take night for children to create gifts for their families.

Rodeph Shalom synagogue provides weekly mentoring and tutoring for Kearny students.

The Social Security Administration holds an annual drive to raise funds for uniforms, as well as giving hat and glove sets to students during the holidays.

Temple University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania provide professional development for student teacher cohorts.


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6th St and Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

P: (215) 351-7343
F: (215) 351-7129
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Elementary School, K-8

Daniel Kurtz

Total Enrollment: 435

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