Mrs. Lisa M. Mesi

3380 Richmond Street
Philadelphia PA 19134
Phone: 215.291.4172

Moving Forward in a Constant State of Discovery

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

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

UPDATE: Calendar Update

As per the School District of Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 will be a Half Day for students.  Dismissal will be at 12:29pm.


Important Reminders



It's about that time...for the PSSA.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades Reading/Math PSSA start Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

The 8th grade start the Writing PSSA on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  They will also start the Science PSSA on Monday, April 28, 2014.




Message from the Principal


Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:



Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new 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. We all are here for the betterment of our students. To that end, it is Children First at Alternative Middle Years at James Martin.


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. “Moving Forward in a Constant State of Discovery” is at the heart of the process. Our expectation at AMY 5 is that all students will acquire the academic and personal skills needed to succeed in their education, a global society, and the pursuit of their dreams. 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.

This handbook offers suggestions on how parents/guardians can help to support our goal of success for every student.  Please review this handbook to become more familiar with our school, and keep it handy for reference throughout the school year. Regular and open communication is important to us. Please contact us immediately whenever you have a question or concern.




Mrs. Lisa M. Mesi