The School District of Philadelphia will remain closed through at least April 6.
Read more in the letter from Dr. Hite HERE.

March 26: The District announced their plan to provide a Chromebook to every student who needs one for learning at home. More information is HERE.

Grab-and-go meal sites continue to operate for our students. Updated locations and times are HERE.

A second set of K-12 Learning Guides are available online, and at meal sites as of Monday March 30. More info is HERE.

We now have an email address ( and SDP Hotlines in 10 languages for Learning Guide support and general questions. More info HERE.

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Commodore John Barry Elementary School

Principal’s Message
July 2019
To the Commodore John Barry Elementary School Community:
I am delighted by the opportunity to serve as your new Principal and to join with the students, families, and community served by Barry Elementary School as we work together to improve outcomes for the rising community leaders who are educated in our school.
At Barry, we are family and our relationship is one in which the home, school, and community must share high expectations for each other while not being afraid to hold one another accountable to ensure that we can effectively educate the whole child.  Our children’s futures hang in the balance and we cannot afford to fail them, so together we must accept the challenge of preparing every student for success in high school, college or career, and life.  They deserve nothing less and nothing else is acceptable.  From this moment forward, we will write our history together and as our new slogan says, “ Changing the Narrative !”
Consider this as a personal invitation from your new Principal.
Most respectfully,
Principal KaTiedra T. Argro
Leader of Leaders

    Our Mission

Our school is a welcoming community of learners that engages academically talented students.

At John Barry Elementary school ALL stakeholders believe High Achieving Starts with Believing.

Therefore students, teachers, and staff will:

➢ Attend school each day and on time.

➢ Engage in rigorous academic tasks and activities.

➢ Ensure that teaching and learning takes place in a safe and welcoming environment.

➢ Engage parents and community members in School­wide learning.

➢ Promote student leadership and responsible decision making.

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