Mt. Airy Schools Coalition

Purpose

The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition works to ensure that all area families have access to a high quality public education by facilitating strategic investment of the community’s human capital and financial resources to support public schools. Our work is a joint effort of Mt. Airy USA, East Mt. Airy Neighbors and West Mt. Airy Neighbors and is grounded in a spirit of productive collaboration and partnership.

Click here to sign up for the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition email list.

For more information, please contact Kim Massare, Director of Development and Community Programs at kmassare@mtairyusa.org or 215-844-6021 ext. 225.

Vision

We believe that Mt. Airy can be the premiere destination for families seeking high quality public education in Philadelphia. We envision all schools in Mt. Airy as places where students are not only equipped with essential skills in reading and math, but also have access to a rich curriculum that includes art, music, science, and technology. Our local schools have the power to instill a love of learning through curriculum that is engaging, challenging, and prepares students for a future of their own choosing.

Priority Areas

Based on the input of school principals, teachers, parents, and community members, the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition identified three areas of focus: 1) School Climate, 2) Literacy, and 3) a Well-Rounded Curriculum.

1)      School Climate: We aim to ensure that all Mt. Airy neighborhood schools have a welcoming atmosphere with a positive school culture and a visually appealing environment.

2)      Literacy: We aim to support schools’ instructional programs to ensure that all students in Mt. Airy schools can read on grade level by the end of third grade and have access to engaging, literature-rich curriculum in all grade levels.

3)      Well-Rounded Curriculum: We believe that all students deserve access to the arts, music, science, and technology as part of a complete curriculum that allows students to discover and pursue their passions.

Recent Projects

The Mt. Airy Schools Coalition has partnered with Emlen Elementary School to raise funds for a new computer lab. Click here to learn more about this exciting effort!

The Schools Coalition also participates in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Thanks to the support of Susquehanna Bank, M&T Bank, and National Penn Bank, in its first year the Coalition has raised $8,500 in EITC funds for our partner schools.

In January 2014, the Schools Coalition partnered with Elfant Wissahickon Realtors for a series of open houses that introduced dozens of local realtors to many of the exciting, innovative programs in our neighborhood’s public schools. Other past projects include our September 2013 School Supplies Drive and creation of a “Sponsor-A-Volunteer” fund to offset the expense of the background checks required for school volunteers.