Fairmount / Pre-K to 5

Opened in the fall of 2015, The City School at Fairmount, became our second elementary campus, serving grades Pre-K(4)-1. In  the academic year 2019-20, after adding a grade each year we expanded to a Pre-K(4) through 5 elementary school with a capacity of 142 students.  We are grateful to God for growth and look forward to more children flourishing at The City School.

Our curriculum is driven by a pursuit of excellence and grounded in a commitment to love and care for each student as an individual. As with our Spruce Hill elementary campus, we like to envision our Fairmount campus as a “college-preparatory elementary school.”Beginning with our youngest children, students are taught to love their lifelong pursuit of learning. Elementary students are creative, curious and inquisitive: we embrace their natural love for knowledge and help them understand learning in the context of a well-rounded Christian education. We embrace the responsive classroom philosophy, which emphasizes creating a safe, joyful and challenging learning environment. Because students learn most effectively through social interaction, we believe the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum and thus incorporate morning meetings, positive teacher language and a positive approach to student discipline. Our strong academic program is complemented by an innovative emphasis on the arts, and every subject is seen as an opportunity to explore how God works in our world. Small class sizes and nurturing teachers ensure each child is given the one-on-one attention they need to discover their academic potential.

Faculty

Amira Reid

Amira Reid

After Care Coordinator - Fairmount Campus

Email:
amreid@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2022

I am a mother of two boys and a Philadelphia Native. I have been drawn to the City School since I attended an open house in 2018 with my oldest son, who is currently a student at the Poplar campus. When I saw the opportunity for an After Care Instructor, I jumped at it, hoping to be more involved with the great children that attend The City School.

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Albert Di Salvatore

Albert Di Salvatore

5th Grade Teacher

Email:
cgoins@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2022

    Degree(s):
  • B. A. Pastoral Ministry
  • M. Ed., Grand Canyon University

Al DiSalvatore, (Mr. D as the kids call him) has a passion for students to develop into Christlike life-long learners and leaders. He has a career devoted to Ministry and Education; spending over 10 years in Youth Ministry and Church Planting. As well as being a 5th and 6th grade teacher at The City School in Philly, he was also an Interim Principal at Immanuel Christian School, and Adjunct Professor for the University of Valley Forge.

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Jillian Pietroforte

Jillian Pietroforte

2nd Grade - Lead Teacher

Email:
jpietroforte@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2022

    Degree(s):
  • Recreational therapy, Temple University

I am currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (will be finished at the end of September [2022], woo!). In my free time I love to ski, run, spend time on the beach and explore new places with my friends and family. I am super excited to spend of my first year teaching here at the city school!

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Chole Edwards

Chole Edwards

Pre-K Teacher

Email:
cedwards@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2022

    Degree(s):
  • B.A, Fordham University
  • M.Ed, Touro College

My name is Chloe Edwards and I’ve been an elementary teacher for the past 9 years. I’m a Philly transplant, originally from New York. I have been living in Philly for the past 4 years. My husband and I live in Fairmount. We enjoy fitness and staying active. This [2022] will be my first year with The City School and I’m excited to marry my love and faith in God with my passion for education. This is my first year transitioning to a Christian school from secular charter school. This is also my first year teaching pre school. My previous years of teaching have been kinder-4th grade.

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Chiquo Stokes

Chiquo Stokes

Principal, Fairmount Campus

Joined The City School family:
2022

    Degree(s):
  • M.A., Multicultural Education, Eastern University
  • Certifications in Special Education and School Administration K-12, Eastern University

Chiquo Cameron Stokes has worked in special education for over 15 years. He earned his Master’s in Multicultural Education with certifications in Special Education and School Administration k-12 from Eastern University.  He has over 15 years of experience working with students across a need-based spectrum in various schools throughout the City of Philadelphia ranging from elementary to high school students. He has also worked in ministry as a sunday school superintendent, an ordained minister, and a praise and worship leader.

Chiquo has worked for various charter school initiatives and has held roles ranging from Emotional Support Teacher, Special Education Specialist, Leader of Special Education Services, Manager of Student Supports, Assistant Principal of Special Education and Student Support Services, and Director of Student Support Services, which includes special education and multi-tiered level student supports.

Prior to taking a lead role as Principal with The City School, Chiquo’s last assignment as a public school administrator was held as Director of Special Education and Student Support Services at Young Scholars Charter School, Philadelphia PA (Northern Liberties). Chiquo believes educators should be life learners and committed to providing the highest quality of support to ALL students. He believes that if ever there was a time for Christian leaders to rally together to be beacons of light in our communities and world, that time is now!

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Judith Williams

Judith Williams

Office Assistant

Joined The City School family:
2022

    Degree(s):
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia

My name is Judith Williams. I worked as an Administrative Professional a number of years for the William Penn School District and Elwyn.

I am delighted to be the new office assistant for The City School Spruce Hill, Fairmont, and Poplar Campuses.

I am thankful to God that he has made a way for me in joining the City School Family.

I attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Graphic Design. I love and enjoy all things creativity. My most loved hobbies are drawing, painting and Photography and a host of other things that are too long to list. 🙂

I have 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

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Stacey Booker

Stacey Booker

Teacher's Assistant

Email:
sbooker@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2021

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Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth

2nd Grade Teacher

Email:
mroth@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2021

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Early Grades Preparation and Special Education

“From the first day I walked into this school, I felt the overwhelming community and love from staff and families. I love seeing God’s hand at work in every child in every classroom and I am excited to begin working here to further glorify Him throughout this school year.”

Melissa Roth lives in Broomall, PA. She graduated West Chester University with a degree in Early Grades Preparation and Special Education. She enjoys painting, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Carla Wright

Carla Wright

3rd Grade Teacher

Email:
cwright@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2021

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Argosy University

Carla joins us with a passion for Elementary education and looks forward to joining the TCS family. Carla attended Argosy University, where she received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and worked at Drexel University. However, her love for children and teaching lead her to The City School. Carla aims to inspire students to display confidence and encourage creativity.

She is the loving mother of two amazing students of The City School and is beyond excited and grateful to God to serve the 3rd grade and The City School community.

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John Delaney

John Delaney

PE/Media/Computer Teacher

Email:
jdelaney@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2018

“I truly have been drawn to this school, for many of reasons. However I must say the biggest draw is the heart of leadership here which is founded and built on Jesus Christ!

My mission while I’m here is simply to steward and shepard the hearts of the children. I believe these kids are precious and the most valuable resource we have. ”

A native of  Wilmington, John currently lives in Newark Delaware. He loves tribal African jewelry, cooking, reading, and Pinterest! John has 4 yr old twin boys, who he admires and loves deeply.

John is pursuing a  B.A. in Biblical and theological studies on at Liberty University.

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Dionne Delaney

Dionne Delaney

Office Manager

Email:
ddelaney@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., University of Delaware

“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about being at The City School. Here, my passion for ministry and the Kingdom of God, my gifts in administration, my love for children and the education of their minds, shaping of their hearts and lives is brought together in one place. Being here is not by happenstance–it is an assignment from the Lord.”

Dionne and her husband Jay have enjoyed over eighteen years of marriage. They have two adult children and rambunctious twin toddler grandsons. In her free time, Dionne enjoys traveling, baking, cooking, fellowship with friends, sewing and making jewelry.

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Ashley Fornwalt

Ashley Fornwalt

Academic Support Coordinator

Email:
afornwalt@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2010

    Degree(s):
  • B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University

“I am passionate about children and our work at The City School because it is what I believe God has called me to. Seeing the impact I can have on the development of the whole child—spiritually, physically, emotionally, academically—gives me goose bumps.  As I grow, I am always getting a clearer picture of how God views us and invests in our growth and development. I view my job as an extension of God’s love and care for each child.”

Ashley lives with her husband and one-year-old son. She enjoys camping, gardening, and “attempting craft projects.”

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Noel Terrell

Noel Terrell

Music Teacher

Email:
nterrell@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2016

“Music is more than notes and harmony–it’s a way of unleashing your emotions. Music moves people. It brings us together. It glorifies God. My dream is to share the power of music with my students.”

Noel has served as a Musical Director and keyboardist for diverse musical acts like Pharrell Williams, Meek Mill, and Jill Scott. He also toured Europe with British hip-hop/r&b duo Floetry and currently performs with his contemporary Christian band, The Browne Boyz. Noel is happily married and has two sons, Roman and Lincoln.

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Carol Guy

Carol Guy

First Grade Teacher

Email:
cguy@cityschool.org

Joined The City School family:
2015

    Degree(s):
  • B.A., Elmira College
  • M.Ed., Arcadia University
  • M.A., St. Joseph's University

“I am a seasoned teacher with many years of experience in a variety of settings. What I have come to realize is that working in a Christian school is a very special and uniquely rewarding opportunity. As a teacher at The City School, I am not only fulfilling the task to which God has called me, but I am benefitting daily from fellowship with believers who are also called to serve God in this way.”

Carol lives in Abington with three cats and a Cocker Spaniel—Princess, Minnis, Squitchy, and Sophie—although she confides that her “heart belongs to Philly.” She enjoys home improvement projects like painting, gardening, and interior design. Carol’s son Ben carries on the Guy teaching legacy by lending his talents as our high school History teacher.

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Activities

Fairmount-Activities

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with an emphasis on character development.  It is available to students in Pre-K through third grade and is offered three times a year. Registration is completed online.

Praise Dance

Praise Dance is worshipful modern dance using variations of street, jazz and hip-hop dance styles.  Dancers use motions and gestures to interpret music and bring praise to the Lord.  We offer one session of Praise Dance per school year to our students kindergarten and above. The session culminates with a presentation.

Drama Club

Our Drama Club explores the art and craft of drama through creative writing, public speaking, costume and set design.  Open to students second grade and above, there is one session per year that culminates with a presentation.

Tune Up Philly

At Tune Up Philly students in first grade and above learn how to play a stringed instrument.  Instructors from The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra spend time teaching students each week in small groups.  Participation in city-wide performances and special weekend rehearsals are also required with this activity.

Tutoring

At The City School we are not only committed to challenging students where they excel but also helping them where they struggle. Our after school tutoring program focuses on supporting students in the core areas of reading and math. This is an opportunity to receive support after school in a small group setting.  Tutoring is offered as funding is available.

"We need schools where children are known, where their unique hopes, dreams, passions, and talents can be cultivated by teachers who love them and desire to see them thrive. The City School is rising to meet this need."

Rechab Gray, A City School Dad

Student Information

Fairmount Campus Summer Hours

  • Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Fridays – Closed

More Information

Click to view the Fairmount Summer Information Page

Click to view the Fairmount Summer Information Page

Visit our the Summer Information Site for the Fairmount Campus for information regarding summer projects, medical forms, uniform information and more!

CLICK TO VISIT THE SUMMER INFORMATION SITE FOR FAIRMOUNT

Uniform Guide by TheCitySchool


Online Learning Resources 

We would love for you to take this time to explore learning that makes the most sense for your family. We have done the research to offer some of the best online resources that aligns with your child’s ongoing City School education. Click on the links, use what works and skip what doesn’t!

Reading/Writing (PK-12)
Khan Academy KidsPrek through 2nd
Khan AcademyWhat is Khan Academy? They offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.

      • ~ Khan Academy has a library of standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more.
      • ~ Students can practice skills with exercises, quizzes, and mastery challenges and get immediate feedback and support.
      • ~ Khan Academy is available in 40 languages. 
      • ~Students without laptops can access the Khan Academy website or use the Khan Academy app on smartphones.

 

Parent Resources

Daily Schedule with links

Resource Page
ReadWorksFREE reading content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Teachers, parents, and students never have to pay to access ReadWorks digitally or otherwise. All adults, no matter who they are, may create a digital class and assign reading content and curriculum to students for free. We have always believed that students deserve barrier-free access to the highest-quality reading materials and instruction, and that belief has only grown stronger during this crisis.

Reading/Writing (K-5)
Reading Eggs – Students should already have a TCS login they can continue to use at home
Storyline – Read-a-loud books and stories

Math (K-12)
Khan AcademyWhat is Khan Academy? We offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.
IXL Math practice skills for K-12

Math (K-5)
Prodigy Prodigy is a leveled math program.  Students are tested, leveled, and then progress at their own pace.   Third through fifth grade students at Spruce Hill have been using this for the past two years (as part of computer class) and have logins that they should already be using at home.
Math Blaster The goal at Math Blaster is clear: “Your success depends on your ability to use your brain and logic skills.” With an exciting theme featuring aliens and outer space, Math Blaster lets your students become intergalactic heroes based on their math operation and critical thinking skills. Registration is required, but the game itself is free. Be sure to check out the Teacher Section to find Math Blaster for the Classroom.

Computers (6-12)
Typing ClubFree account has a ton of capability. Watch typing lessons, practice, and store progress. Premium account (paid) not necessary to get full benefit of these typing lessons.
Code.orgBeginning coding program (Grades 6-8 already have login)

Science (K-12)
National Geographic KidsGames, videos, science projects, etc…
NASA Explore NASA’s online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.

Fun Learning
Kahoot  – Fun and super competitive trivia game that you can play in small or large groups. Choose from already created games or create your own games. Needs setup by an adult.
GoNoodleWebsite to get kids up and moving
The Learning StationEnergizing kinesthetic brain breaks to use in between learning times.

 


Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Well Being

From Jessica Scott, City School Student Care Director:

     Hello, I wanted to connect with you all to offer my support and care during this time. You’ll see my phone number listed below. Feel free to reach out via email, phone or text. You can reach out to ask questions, vent, voice frustrations, anything that would be helpful to take some of the burden off.
     This season can produce a lot of stress, anxiety and frustration. This is all normal, but we do not need to bear it alone. We are the body of Christ, we bear each other’s burdens.
     Trying to teach our children at home can produce a lot of stress. You are doing an excellent job; I firmly believe we are all doing the best we can with the skills and resources we have.
     Below is a list of resources for self care, how to talk to about COVID-19, how to deal with homework frustration, as well as practical resources of where to receive meals, support and assistance.

Praying for all of you, and truly hoping to hear from you,

Jessica Scott, MEd
Student Care Director
jscott@cityschool.org
(215) 693-6386, ext. 312

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/03/coronavirus-how-parents-should-talk-to-children-about-covid-19-and-other-tips-to-help-kids.html

Dealing with Homework Frustrationhttps://www.wikihow.mom/Deal-with-Homework-Frustration-As-a-Parent

Parenting During Crisishttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/202003/12-ways-effectively-parent-during-crisis-part-1

CDC Resources for Self Care, Managing Stress and Helping Children Cope:

https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Free Meal Options: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-city-and-district-provide-meals-activity-space-during-school-closures

Counseling and Mental Health Resources:

https://www.opencounseling.com/pennsylvania/philadelphia

https://generocity.org/philly/2018/06/27/mental-health-guide-where-to-get-therapy-on-a-sliding-scale-in-philadelphia/

Open Rec Centers: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-16-50-recreation-centers-and-six-older-adult-centers-to-remain-open/

 

Fairmount Campus
860 N. 24th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-769-5363