Eliza Butler Kirkbride K-8

Rebecca O. Julien

1501 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
Phone: 215-952-6214

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.

Eliza B. Kirkbride

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2016-2017 School Year


Dear Kirkbride Community,


Welcome back to a new school year!  It is a pleasure to see our Kirkbride students return eager and ready to learn. Thank you for your support in making sure that your children work hard and take learning seriously.


Kirkbride is an incredibly special school that focuses on rigorous instruction for all students. Our teachers and staff are talented and caring. I am thankful that you trust you child in our care each day to provide him or her with an outstanding education. It is my responsibility to ensure that all of our students are reaching their academic and social potential each day.


As the school leader, I am committed to focusing on three main priorities for the 2016-2017 year:

EMPOWERMENT: giving our students and community members the tools and skills to lead change, and working together to achieve ambitious outcomes.

EQUITY:  ensuring that we create opportunities and break down barriers for all students to reach their goals and dreams, regardless of their race, ethnicity, status or culture.

EDIFICATION: providing all students with access to high quality instruction in order to develop strong academic and moral character.


As a parent or guardian supporting your child’s education, I ask that you commit to the following:

Partnering with your child’s teacher and our school to help every student achieve to the best of his/her ability

Communicating regularly with your child’s teacher and our school so we are a team.

Learning about your child’s academic goals this year to support him/her with accomplishing rigorous academic work that will push all students to be successful.   


Please remember that all students should arrive by 8:20am and all students will be dismissed by 3:09pm each afternoon.

We look forward to working with you, along with the Kirkbride staff, to build on the successes of the past year and to create and even greater future for our students.  My best wishes to you and your child for a rewarding and successful school year. 


Rebecca O. Julien



Compass Learning: Pathblazer

All students K-8 have access to the blended learning program "Pathblazers" with Compass Learning. This online intervention program provides students with unique learning "pathways" according to their skills. Students will use the Chromebooks in their classrooms to access this program and practice their skills in literacy and math daily.

100 Book Challenge

All Kirkbride students participate in 100 Book Challenge, and are encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes each night at home. Literacy is the foundation of a strong education and we want to ensure that all students are building their knowledge and skills through reading. 


Kirkbride Selected Best Practices School-Wide for Students with Autism

Congratulations to Ms. Visco and Ms. Cahill and their support staff! The Office of Specialized Instructional Services has selected Kirkbride's Autistic Support Program as model autistic support classrooms for best practices.

Ms. Cahill's Blog informs parents and teachers about the benefits of research studies. 


Kirkbride Named Best Practices School

School District of Philadelphia rewards Best Practices at schools, programs and offices. 


Kirkbride received the Best Practices Award and Best Program for Fast Forword Computerized Reading Intervention.  Read more....


SDP Parent and Family Engagement Policy

The School Reform Commission has approved the new policy for District-wide Parent and Family Engagemet. 

The policy can be found here:



It is also available in Spanish, here:


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Principal Julien

Rebecca Julien is honored to serve as the principal at the Kirkbride School. Mrs. Julien has spent her entire career working in Philadelphia public schools, and it is with great pride that she serves as a leader in the Kirkbride Community.


This year, Mrs. Julien will focus her leadership on cultivating EMPOWERMENT, EQUITY and EDIFICATION for all students and our school community. The pillars will act as the foundation for her vision for student achievement and community success. She is most excited about serving the talented students and committed families that are dedicated to the success of our school. 



In 2016, Kirkbride was recognized by the state of Pennsylvania as a National Title 1 Distinguished School for making High Progress and Closing the Achievement Gap.


Kirkbride Recognized as a Peer Leader in the School District of Philadelphia

Congratulations!  Kirkbride was honored for our school's achievement by being named as a Peer Leader for two years in a row, according to the School District of Philadelphia School Progress Reports. The 2015-16 SPR was released at the end of January, and Kirkbride increased our overall performance score by 17 points. The entire report can be found here: