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The Philadelphia Military Academy 

2118 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

August 22, 2022

Dear Philadelphia Military Academy families:

Welcome to a New School Year! I hope you have enjoyed your summer so far! I am the new and very proud principal of The Philadelphia Military Academy, I and my assistant principal, Dr. Dave Lugo are eager to use our collective experience and knowledge to serve you and your Army JROTC cadet. Our vision this year is to ensure that all of the students are well and ready to learn. We look forward to meeting you and partnering with you to ensure the best possible learning experience for your cadet.

My entire team and I are excited and ready to safely welcome all of our students back to school starting Monday, August 29th – the first day of school.

As always, the School District of Philadelphia and the staff here at The Philadelphia Military Academy are committed to doing everything we can to make decisions that improve outcomes for all students. To that end, This year, school will begin at 7:30 am and end at 11:34 am for seniors who are on track for graduation, each day. For cadets in grades 9 – 11, school will start at 7:30 am and end at 2:34 pm each day. Please remember that your child must bring their District-issued Chromebook to school with them on the first day of school. It is important that Chromebooks be in the building, so that they can be used in the classroom. If your child’s Chromebook is lost, stolen, or damaged, please contact the school, so we can be prepared to provide a new one to your child when they return.  We are sharing this reminder so that if you haven’t already, you can start to make any needed family arrangements ahead of time to ensure your child can attend school on time every day in alignment with this schedule.

We are already gearing up for an incredible new school year. Many layers of safety will be in place to continue to protect everyone’s health and well-being in our school. For the first 10 days of the new school year – from August 29 through September 9 – all students and staff will be required to wear masks while in school, regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level. This is an extra precaution for everyone’s health and well-being since increased end-of-summer social gatherings may heighten the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Masking may then become optional under specific circumstances.

Our updated General COVID-19 Protocols for SY 2022-2023 can be found here. Touchless hand sanitizer stations and air and surface purifiers are in place and operational. Our teachers and school staff are attending special training sessions to continue to support our student’s social, emotional, and educational needs. Student schedules are being created. Our hard-working custodians have been cleaning and sanitizing our school. And, our cafeteria workers are preparing to serve your children delicious, healthy, and free breakfast and lunch each school day. This year, we’re delighted to welcome a few new additions to our staff.

To serve your cadets even more, we have hired a new behavioral health counselor, new special education teachers, an assistant principal, and a full-time English Language Learner teacher to support cadets who need ESL services.

I invite all of our families to attend our in-person Back-to-School Open House on Thursday, September 22, 2022, from _5:00_ – _6:30_ p.m. This will be a great time to meet key staff members, learn more about the new school year and tour our school. In the meantime, I encourage you to take a few minutes to visit www.philasd.org/ringthebell for the latest back-to-school information in multiple languages.

All of us at The Philadelphia Military Academy look forward to welcoming cadets back to school in person on Monday, August 29th. Together, if everyone does their part, we can make this a safe and successful school year for everyone! As always, please feel free to reach out to me at 215-400-7420 or kali@philasd.org with any questions.


Principal Kristian Ali

PMA Leads the Way!