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St. Martha Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 333 students

Our school is best known for its caring faculty and faith in our students and co

 

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Posted May 30, 2013

St Martha's school is a wonderful school. I have two childen that attend St Martha's! You could not ask for a more dedicated staff, from Father Al and Father Andy to Mrs. Donofry and all the wonderful teachers, that dedicate their life to teaching our children! I applaud everyone one of them! My daughter is a straight A student, my son who has some learning difficulties is thriving and determined to become a straight A student! Our school is a close knit community, and our newly appointed Home and School are doing a wonderful job creating new activities for the whole family to enjoy! We can only get better, especially if the parental support is also there. I wish they would move forward with honors math! SMS is truly the BEST!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

Saint Martha School in the Far Northeast is awesome. Teachers are caring and give 110% form working at the Carnival to hosting Spaghetti dinners during Catholic Schools Week. They are family. Father Al and Mrs. Donfory greet the children every morning and you can see the love and enthusiasm as they greet each child by name. The newly formed Home & School association is doing great things for the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 15, 2012

I have three children, two that are still enrolled at St. Martha and my oldest who graduated and is now attending Ryan. I love St. Martha School and my three children love the school as well. Everyone here at St. Martha care about the students. You can see the teachers go above and beyond for the students. The Pastor and Principal greet each and every student each morning. There are a lot of activies for all the students, singing, guitar and book clubs and plenty of sports. There is something for everyone. Yes, Yes, SMS is the school for our family because if feels like a family here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

i love st marthas school im new to the school and i think everyone i nice in the school i really love it and so does my mom love that school she thinks its better than bvm
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2008

I have two children that attend St. Martha's School and I am 100% satisfied with school. Parents chose a Catholic school for the religious instruction, the discipline and the environment. In every regard, St. Martha's School accomplishes all that and more. Parents are active in the school and the children enjoy their teachers and classmates. My children arrive home from school every day with great stories about what they learned and what they did with their friends. I had a choice between a private Catholic elementary school in this area and St. Martha's School. I made the right decision. A Catholic school will teach your child how to become a good person and that will stay with them for the rest of their life. Isn't that the most important life lesson of all?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

I have two children who currently attend St. Martha School and I believe they are receiving an excellent education in a very safe, disciplined and caring environment. The principal, Mrs. Donofry, is extremely hands-on when it comes to the students. She greets each child every day as they enter the school (many times with hugs for the little ones) and she's always outside during dismissal making sure everyone is safely inside their cars before anyone can exit the parking lot. She and the teaching staff are readily available to answer questions or meet with parents, when asked to do so. I feel the students get a lot of individual attention from the faculty and staff. In addition to a great academic curriculum, the teachers also emphasize the importance of self-discipline and respect for others. My children love St. Martha's and enjoy going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

I went to this school for two years. It was good but had its downsides. The principal was too concerned with uniforms. I was having problems with losing a parent and one day I was crying as I went to the nurse and she was rude and all she cared about was the blue shirt under my school shirt but I got help from other adults at school. I did have problems with one teacher at school but all my other teachers were wonderful, caring and helpful. I am blessed I had people around me that cared during my time at the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

The principal has no oversight in the school! There is so much bullying going on it its ridiculous. Unfortunately, it is going to come down to something serious happening before any action will take place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

The principal is more interested in the uniform than the education. The children are only allowed to walk in circles at lunch recess. Ever since the automatic church withdrawl began (what a great idea that was!!!) the attendance at church has dramatically decreased. My 3 year old wants to know why the church is so empty. I like the teachers and the attention my child gets; however, I do not like the principal and for the expensive cost to attend school, I am 100% sure that my child will be going to Christ The King in the fall. Their tutition is lower, the offer foreign languages, and everyone rated their pincipal 5 stars. Not happy at St. Martha School.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

I pulled my 3rd grade out!!! starting from the priest who talks finacial reports during the homily to stressing children to a point of not wanting to go to school. My child was always scared she was going to be embarrassed in the classroom and they would degrade my student and that is not good for a 3rd graders self esteem. Im so glad im out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

I am not at all happy with St. Martha School. I believe that the new Principal is more concerned with uniforms than with our children's education. The school has definately gone down hill since Mrs. Donofry arrived. I believe her to be uncaring and uninteressted in the students unless it suits her need for them. That being said, there are some caring teachers who honestly care about the children and their education. However, I will not be sending my 4 children back to St. Martha's in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

I feel that Saint Martha's school has very caring and qualified teachers. The teachers go above and beyond the call of duty. They strive to reach all the children's unique needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

I have to say that I love St. Martha's school. I feel that the parents of St. Martha school should feel comfort in the fact that their children are part of a small community and a safe environment. Tuition is a fortune and the whole uniform thing can be unnerving, however, because of the structure and the small school size, our children feel safe, and a sense of belonging. Many of the larger schools can be very overwhelming, and the children have to grow up sooo fast. Be grateful, it really is a good school, I try to over the politics. I would like to see a Drama club, that would be fun:)One, more thing, the teachers, are EXCELLENT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

St. Martha Elementary Echool has many good programs. I would love to see them increase the availability of foreign language classes for the children and would love to see music offered as an extracurricular activity for children who were interested. Unfortunately at present we seem to be more focused on improving the uniform than in improving the academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2006

St. Martha school is a great school. My daughter is a straight a student. The teachers keep the parents involved in the school work, everything needs to be reviewed and signed by the parent. Parent teacher conferences are always welcome. They offer sports for both girls and boys, and other programs such as art, music, and choir... Which is really nice because the kids get to perform in plays with the high school kids (located next door to the elem school) and it allows them to get to know them as well. Parents are always welcome to volunteer where help is or isnt needed. Home and school meetings are atleast every other month. Very clean environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 74%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Black 2% 16%
Two or more races 2% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Connelly Achievement Awards (2012)
  • Smith Family Scholarship (2012)
  • Neill J. Brassell Scholarship (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs Karen Donofry
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (215) 632-5546

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • SMS singers
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Saint Martha students are caring, energetic, knowledgeable, entertaining and loving. They come from a caring and loving home and school environment. We have faith in our students and confidence in our future here at Saint martha Parish School..
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
333
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
335

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits
Sue Blesi Scholarship Fund

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Archbishop Ryan High School
Father Judge High School
Little Flower High School
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11321 Academy Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154
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Phone: (215) 632-0320

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