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.)


Thank you to our families for coming to our Back-to-School Night on September 17th!  We truly enjoyed seeing you!


At our Back-to-School Night, we fundraised $270.  We would like to thank Applebee's, Byrnes Tavern, and the Home & School Association for their donations.


We look forward to partnering with our families and community partners this year! 


High School Process and Due Date

The following are the due dates for the high school application process:



October 1st: The online application is available


October 2nd: Town Hall Meeting for 8th grade students at AMY


October 16th: High School Essays and Letters of Reference are due


October 16th-17th: High School Fair at the Convention Center


October 30th: Paper application due to Ms. Bickley


November 13th: All applications must be submitted online




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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 



Summer Assignment

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



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