July 11, 2016
About the Friends of Bache-Martin
BACHE-MARTIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Bache-Martin Elementary School has a long history of serving students both in the Fairmount/Francisville/Spring Garden communities as well as the city as a whole. The Alexander Dallas Bache School was constructed in 1905. Bache was a professor of natural philosophy and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, the first president of the National Academy of Sciences, the first principal and founder of the nation’s second public high school (Central High School in Philadelphia), and great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. The Willis and Elizabeth Martin Orthopedic School was constructed in 1936 with WPA funding. The Martin school was the first one in Philadelphia designed specifically for teaching physically handicapped students, and was named after the handicapped Philadelphia jurist and health care reformer and his philanthropist wife. In 1943, the school became a center for deaf, severely hard of hearing and partially signed classes. Both schools are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
Our Core Challenges
new standards have raised the bar for instruction and our teachers and students need support in order to realize their full potential,
students need more regular exposure to content that helps them build knowledge about the world and support in using that knowledge to think critically,
technology limitations make individualized learning challenging and the development of 21st century skills near-impossible.
we have come a long way thanks to the efforts of the School’s committed staff, families and community partners, yet we still have a long way to go.
Our Theory of Action
provide teachers with standards-aligned curriculum,
support teachers to deliver curriculum to students effectively,
work to retain teachers who are able to make the needed instructional shifts,
over time, we will transform outcomes for our students and become the school that they deserve.
Our Fundraising Priorities
We are working on…
Greater Teacher Effectiveness
- Increase teacher coaching
- Support ongoing professional development
- Recruitment support to create a pool of talented teachers to fill vacant positions
Richer Learning Experiences
- Implement a new recess / play program
- Strengthen music program by replacing musical instruments at the end of their useful life and providing additional musical equipment to expand our music education program.
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To send in your donation by mail:
Friends of Bache-Martin
PO Box 15032
Philadelphia, PA 19130
As a 501(c)(3), donations are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law.
In the News
Here’s some background on our GoFundMe campaign this summer: Science Kits
This article appeared in the Philadelphia Tribune about Bache Martin’s objective of lifelong learning: Tribune
Here is a link to the Bache Martin Home & School Association website: HSA
Friends of Bache-Martin: Creating Community and Educational Enrichment in Fairmount: Spirit News