St. Martha Parish School

Providing excellence in Catholic education since 1967

St. Martha Parish School

11321 Academy Road

Philadelphia, PA  19154


School Office:  215-632-0320

Fax:  215-632-5546

Nurse:  215-637-0221

CARES:  267-205-3278

Scrip Office:  215-632-5821

Rectory:  215-632-3720


Principal:  Mrs. Karen A. Donofry

Financial Aid

Tuition assistance applications can be completed online beginning November 1st. In addition to the completed application, families must also provide their 2018 Federal Tax Return on or before March 31, 2019. Please click on the following link for school codes.

AOP School Codes

Click here to access the financial aid page of the AOP website.











Great news to share about our partner, Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia! They have earned a perfect 100 score from independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, for their commitment to financial transparency and accountability. CSFP is one of just three education-based nonprofits in the nation to receive this honor. We are proud to partner with CSFP to make quality education affordable for so many families.

Everyone at St. Martha's goes above and beyond for each and every student. This school has so much to offer...
a wonderful education, activities, clubs, 
and the best faculty and staff.

As my children leave St. Martha for high school, I know they are ready because St. Martha's gave them what they need to succeed. I am SMS Proud.  
A small school with a big heart. 

Tracey Drea ~ Former SMS Parent

We miss you, but we can do this!!!

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PA Schools Closed for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 Academic Year as of April 8th per Governor Tom Wolf

Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.


Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. PDE has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.


“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”


Secretary Rivera said the administration’s primary consideration has always been to make the best decision in the context of student and community health and safety.

“While the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation efforts have created uncertainty in our schools and communities, today’s action to close schools for the remainder of the academic year provides school communities with predictability and understanding of the conditions under which they’ll be operating and serving students,” Rivera said. “As schools and communities adapt to the prolonged school closure, PDE will continue to work with our state, educational, and business and nonprofit partners to meet the needs of students.”


Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.


Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.


Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar.


Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends.


Secretary Rivera added that all re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.


In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.

“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” he said.

St. Martha Parish School provides excellence in Catholic education in a nurturing and safe environment and offers classes for Grades Pre-K through 8.  Students are expected to arrive by 7:50 AM each day.  Daily prayers and announcements are made at 7:55 AM.  Any student arriving after 8:00 AM is considered late. Classes begin promptly after morning prayers.  Dismissal is at 3:00 PM every Monday through Thursday and 2:30 PM every Friday.  For safety purposes, Pre-K and Kindergarten classes dismiss at 2:45 PM every Monday through Thursday and 2:15 PM every Friday. Pre-K is available for children who are 3 or 4 years of age before September 1st.

School Tours by Appointment
All are welcome! Come check us out! 

If you'd like to register or take a tour, please email Maria Gilbert at  [email protected] and she will be happy to answer any questions you may have or make an appointment with you. Ask about our $1,000 grants for every kindergarten and first grade student for the 2020-2021 school year!