The School District of Philadelphia will remain closed indefinitely.
More about the closure, and other updates, in the letter from Dr. Hite HERE, provided in 10 languages.

March 31: The District recently announced their plan to provide a Chromebook to every student who needs one for learning at home. More information on the Chromebook Loaner Program can be found HERE. Internet info and resources are 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.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are being added regularly, HERE.

Please visit our Coronavirus Information Hub often for the most up-to-date information.

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The Chester A. Arthur School Welcomes You!

Your Voice Matters!

We invite all parents to take the District-Wide Parent Survey your responses will help our continuous school improvement efforts!  Please complete the survey for each of your children.  It should only take a few minutes.

You can find their student ID# on their report cards and by asking them (it’s the # they use to log into their school portal and when they get their school lunch or breakfast).

Update on School Closure

We are very excited to enter this new world of online and virtual learning together! The District has made it possible for us to loan Chromebooks to every student so they can access the classroom virtually and continue to build community, focus on inquiry, and engage with project based learning. This will allow students to explore their interests and learn with their classmates and teachers while staying safe at home!

Below is a list of community resources that families can use to solve immediate problems associated with the school closure. If you know of other resources please share them with us. Though we know we will never compile an exhaustive list we do want it to be as comprehensive as possible.

During this confusing and challenging time, I believe the strength of our community is in our diversity and I thank you all for stepping up for each other.

Please continue to reach out -both with immediate needs and with ideas and actions that come to your heart and mind.

With much appreciation,

Dr Libby

Please note that the resources below are being updated regularly:

The Chester Arthur School Closure Resource Site

The Chester Arthur School YouTube Channel

The Chester Arthur HSA Facebook Page

Kindergarten Registration is now OPEN

If your child will be 5 on or before September 1st, they are eligible for Kindergarten! You can register in person in our main office from 9 am – 12 pm or you can register online 

Message from the Principal

It is my honor to be the principal at Chester Arthur School.  We have passionate teachers, aspirational students, and engaged community.   Our collective value of diversity and our commitment to equity fosters a culture of respect and joy that ensures our students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Our teachers work endlessly to create relevant learning opportunities that are both rigorous and engaging.  Our students bring their sense of curiosity about the world and their place within.  Our engaged families and supportive community contribute their diverse wealth of experience and creativity to foster our vibrant school culture. I believe in the limitless potential of all children and that through our ongoing collaboration and reciprocal learning. THEY will lead us to change the world for the better.

– Dr. Mary Libby, Principal