Today, Bache-Martin is a K-8 neighborhood elementary school serving approximately 450 students. The school is slightly less diverse than the School District of Philadelphia’s (SDP) overall student demographics, with a higher percentage of African-American students. Of note is that the percentage of students with disabilities is twice that of the SDP average. Founded as a school serving students with disabilities, Bache-Martin continues that tradition today and houses several self-contained special education classrooms for students requiring autistic or life skills supports.
Over the last 15 years, as the SDP has found itself in increasing financial turmoil and as a result, fewer resources available at the school level, Bache-Martin has worked diligently to supplement the educational environment at the school through the establishment of partnerships with local and city-wide organizations. Currently, Bache-Martin has in place a number of in-school and afterschool programs to provide value-added educational opportunities for its students, the most long-standing of which is the Philadelphia Reads program that has been a partner of the school since 1998.
Working hand-in-hand with the school are the parents of students, and the school enjoys a very active Home and School Association (HSA). Over the last four years, the Bache-Martin HSA has raised in excess of $100,000 to pay for the Playworks program for the school’s students. More recently, over 100 community and school members collaborated to raise $10,000 to fund a new K-4 science curriculum at the school. Classroom teachers have also individually successfully crowdfunded for books, materials, technology, and field trips over the years. In the 2015-2016 school year alone, teachers have raised over $5,500 for the benefit of their students.