Kearny School

Philip Kearny School. Image provided by City of Philadelphia Department of Records

601 Fairmount Avenue, on the right

Established in 1921 and named for Civil War hero General Philip P. Kearny, this elementary school educated many children of the Jewish immigrants of Marshall Street. Today the Kearny school is 99 percent African American, and although most of its students are classified as "high-poverty" by the school district, Kearny is defying the odds for inner-city minority schools. As a community school with about 350 students, Kearny actively cultivates a familial atmosphere via small classroom size, and intensive mentoring and tutoring programs. Kearny consistently boasts some of the highest test scores of any Philadelphia public elementary schools.

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