Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Bache-Martin is dedicated to enriching its students' learning environments beyond the basic curriculm. Our partners for this year include:


We are proud to announce that BalletX is Bache-Martin's newest partnership!  Dance eXchange is an educational outreach program by BalletX, which brings dance to Philadelphia schools.

Based on the award-winning methodology of the National Dance Institute (NDI), Dance eXchange uses live music and structured creative learning to teach Philadelphia students the basic vocabulary of dance, while fostering personal growth skills like self-confidence, focus, teamwork, and determination.

Starting October, they will be working with our 3rd graders, for 12 weeks, twice  a week. Look forward to seeing their performance later in the year!

Walnut Street Theatre

Bache-Martin is proud to announce that it was selected by the Walnut Street Theatre to be their newest Adopt-A-School host school for the 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 school years.  Walnut Street Theatre's Adopt-A-School program creates a special five-year partnership with a K-8 Philadelphia Center City public school. 

Through this program, students and faculty members receive many unique opportunities to use Walnut Street Theatre's resources, including in-school performances and workshops. Bache-Martin students and their families also have the opportunity to attend final dress rehearsals of Walnut Street Threatre productions.  Last year, families attended The Music Man, A Christmas Carol, and An Ideal Husband.  The Adopt-A-School program is individually designed to meet the Arts Education needs of the host school in creating theatre curriculum, improving students' dramatic skills and guiding teachers through every aspect of producing a theatre performance. The program seeks to support education reform by improving the school environment through enriching the school community.

Philadelphia Orchestra

Beyond the existing instrumental music program at Bache-Martin, the school was selected by The Philadelphia Orchestra for its School Partnership Program (SPP). This partnership, that started in 2012-13, targets 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.  The SPP cultivates students’ knowledge and love of orchestral music, develops students’ perceptive and creative skills and helps parents and teachers bring classical music into their homes and classrooms.

SPP offers students incomparable exposure and access to The Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians. At Bache-Martin, a Philadelphia Orchestra Teaching Artist visits the participating classrooms on a weekly basis. They work side-by-side with classroom teachers using curriculum and materials created by the Orchestra’s education department in collaboration with area music and classroom teachers, school administrators, and teaching artists.  Each year, the student are taught a new instrument.  This year, students are learning to play the recorder.  Students attend an Orchestra School Concert as well as several other concerts throughout the year.  Orchestra musicians visit each school annually, providing participating students the opportunity to engage with a range of musicians who they will see onstage in Verizon Hall.

Clay Studio

The Clay Studio "Claymobile" program provides a 12-week ceramics residency program for K, 1st and 2nd grade students. A residency is defined as one 90 minute class once a week for 12 weeks. Students are introduced to the basics of hand building with clay and complete 6-10 fully realized ceramic projects. Students will learn about new vocabulary, materials, and art history.

Philadelphia Reads

Each week the students in selected classrooms will participate in a mentoring program through Philadelphia Reads Power Partner Program.
Students in 1st grade will be matched with a reading mentor at Dechert Law Firm and 2nd graders will be matched with a reading mentor at PECO Energy. Students, teachers and parent volunteers travel via school bus every Tuesday as part of this program. Students spend 45 minutes reading with their mentors.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Art Speaks" is a museum visit program designed specifically for fourth-grade classrooms in Philadelphia public schools. The content is art and the wonderful ways we can learn about and respond to what artists create. The learning strategies are literacy based, and connect to The School District of Philadelphia’s fourth-grade language arts curriculum.

Last year, Bache-Martin was the only school selected to participate in the Museum's annual Asian New Year Party.  Attendance at this event was funded through a Musuem grant program.  Bache-Martin families were also invited to attend the Art Splash kick-off event this past June.  We look forward to growing this partnership even further with the PMA this school year. 

The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation's the "Art of Looking" shows students how the elements of composition (light, line, color, space) are connected to other subject areas. Led by Barnes educators, this program consists of an in-classroom lesson and a visit to the Barnes.
Fifth graders examine light and shadow from artistic and scientific perspectives, and sixth graders use mathematical vocabulary to analyze paintings. At both grade levels, students compare and contrast works of art and participate in a hands-on project in their school classrooms before visiting the Barnes Foundation to continue the discussion in front of the works of art.
Reebok "Boks"

The Reebok sponsored “BOKS” before-school physical activity program is designed to jump start kids' brains and prepare them for a day of learning. The program, targeted to K-4th grade students, combines play, physical activity, team games and short talks on nutrition to create healthier habits for children to achieve life-long fitness. BOKS runs two days a week and typically starts an hour before classes, allowing time for the program, breakfast and transition time.

Field Trips

Beyond these partnership programs, Bache-Martin teachers actively explore and schedule field trips throughout the school year that extend the classroom experience into the rich cultural offerings available in the City.

  • Woodmere Art Museum
  • Franklin Institute
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Annenberg Center for Performing Arts (Children's Festival)
  • National Liberty Museum
  • African-American Museum
  • National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Constitution Center
  • Walnut Street Theatre
  • Shady Brook Farms