Mrs. Lisa M. Mesi

3380 Richmond Street
Philadelphia PA 19134
Phone: 215.291.4172


Alternative Middle Years at James Martin School (A.M.Y.)

Alternative Middle Years at James Martin School (A.M.Y.)

UPDATE: Incoming Students - Visit AMY

Click here to learn more about AMY at James Martin, view the supply list, and find out when to:


1. Visit AMY for a tour

2. Pick up your fall roster

3. Practice with the locks for lockers

4. Purchase uniforms 



Supply List

Click here for the supply list for 2015-2016.


Summer Assignment

Click here for the 2015 Summer Assignment.  The summer assignment is due in October 2015.



Electronics Policy

Electronic games, radios, compact discs (CD’s), compact disc players (CD player), tape recorders, beepers, cellular phones, ipods, mp3 players, iphones, digital cameras or any other electronic devices are not permitted to be used during school hours.


—All electronics must be either turned OFF in your locker OR turned OFF and given to your Advisory Teacher during MORNING Advisory.

·      1st Offense: Confiscated Returned to the Student

·      2nd Offense: Confiscated Returned to Parent

·      3rd Offense: Confiscated Not returned until the last student day, June 22, 2016





Message from the Principal


Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:


Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the principal of Alternative Middle Years at James Martin. I am extremely excited to be a member of our educational community.  I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I “grew-up” in the Boys & Girls Club, a place I considered my second home. I have held a variety of positions within the School District of Philadelphia including: Teacher, Teacher Leader, Mentor Teacher, Model Classroom Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal.

The staff and I are eager to continue the impressive progress that has been the hallmark of the AMY 5 Community. It is with great pride that we carry the torch forward, striving for even greater gains. Our plan is to continue the great traditions and practices that are the foundation of AMY at James Martin. We will also be including a variety of educational opportunities for our children, as well as a more rigorous course of study in line with the new Common Core Standards. Each member of our staff brings with them unique perspectives and talents to enhance the learning experience.

I have an “open door” policy and look forward to meeting with the members of the AMY 5 family. I believe in transparency. It is the building block for positive relationships between the school, families, and the community. I am eager to earn your trust and forge the relationships necessary to do the hard work of educating our children and instilling in them the desire to achieve. Critical decisions on the best course of action for our children will need to be made. “Study. Lead. Serve.” is at the heart of the process. It is our vision that AMY students are contributing members of a diverse community who study, lead and serve responsibly. Our mission is:

·      We will provide rigorous, content-based instruction around grade-specific themes.

o   6th Grade  - Community, Independence, Responsibility

o   7th Grade – Academic Focus and Stamina

o   8th Grade – Service and Leadership

·      We will work to support all children in making personal and academic growth every year.

·      We will collaborate on project-based learning that is built around academic standards and works across disciplines.

·      We will focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) with real-world application.

·      We will maintain our strong Humanities curriculum.

·      We will build relationships with community partners, including museums and local colleges/universities, to help students experience the world they live in.

We invite families to become actively involved in our school because every parent/guardian has something to contribute. You know your children best. Parents/guardians may be asked at times to complete a survey, serve on a committee, or attend an assembly program. We hope you will frequently commit.





Mrs. Lisa M. Mesi