General Philip Kearny Elementary School, located at 601 Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood, is home to nearly 400 kindergarten through 8th grade students.


Kearny's mission is to provide world-class instruction in a safe and supportive environment, and to ensure that all students are able to learn and achieve their goals.  Class size matters.  This is especially true for the early years.  The average class size at Kearny is 25 students, with two classrooms for every grade level.

Kearny has a growing number of partnerships with Public and Private organizations in order to support a rigorous and diverse curriculum designed to meet the needs of all learners. Critical partnerships are embedded in the school day for maximum impact. Amongst these are: The Wagner Free Institute of Science – St. Joseph's University SNAP and GEOKids programs, Curtis Institute’s Artist in Residence Program, PAEP’s Arts & Eve STEM program for middle years girls, Rodeph Shalom’s tutoring program for young readers.

ARTS in education

Kearny is part of an ARTS FOCUSED CITY-WIDE PROGRAM for grades 5-8, while infusing art into the general curriculum is a goal for all grades. Providing an art-focused education offering a variety of classes and learning opportunities designed to provide our students with the skills critical for success in the 21st century, students will be supported in becoming creative problem solvers, develop the ability to express themselves effectively, and work collaboratively.

Recognizing the power of art to transform children’s lives and to increase academic achievement as well as pro-social behaviors, Kearny school is re-imagining what a neighborhood school can be. With support from organizations like The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, Kearny is creating a rich and meaningful curriculum blending arts with a rigorous, standards aligned curriculum. A well-rounded program is being designed to develop 21st Century skills for all students, not just students intending to pursue a future in the arts. All students will participate fully in all aspects of this exciting new program including multiple art and music courses weekly in addition to opportunities to study instrumental music.

arts AND music

Kearny has a full time music teacher who teachers character education, African-American history, and other life lessons in music class. Students also have the opportunity to participate in choir and receive instrument instruction. All Kearny students have art and music at least once a week. Students may further pursue their interest in music by joining choir, bells, the strings ensemble, or the orchestra. A partnership with the Curtis Institute brings two professional artists into some Kearny art classrooms on a regular basis to enrich learning. 

Sports and Recreation

Kearny students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of intramural sports, including soccer, basketball and kickball.  5-8 students can join one of Kearny's interscholastic sports teams: volleyball, baseball, basketball, soccer and softball. Go Cougars!

Other extracurricular activities popular with Kearny students are art club and Girls Scouts.  


Kearny faculty, staff, students and families foster a community of mutual respect where all members recognize and take responsibility for themselves and each other. The Kearny Keys provide the foundation for success; Be There, Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Follow Directions.

Kearny students can be seen receiving recognition for good citizenship at assemblies, marching in a Halloween parade, busting a move at school dances or dancing in the auditorium to Pharrell's "Happy" at a morning meeting.


The 2013-2014 school year saw the opening of a new state of the art gymnasium, utilized throughout the year to host after school programs, interscholastic sporting events, and community events. The new wing also contains classrooms for the upper school. Outside, new green space and a playground for the younger students were added. The next big project will include a complete renovation of the cafeteria.

before and after school care

Kearny families take advantage of over 20 before and after school programs that provide pick-up/drop-off at Kearny.

Kearny Home and School Association

Kearny has an active Home and School Association. The HSA focuses on parent engagement, organizing events such as the Fall Festival, Spring Concert, a Kids Rock Show, and a Walk-a-thon, supporting classroom and extracurricular activities, and fundraising for the school.

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601 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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