FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 2021-22

Whether you are a new MBA family or a returning one, this page is full of useful information to help you navigate the first few weeks of school. Please read and if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@mbacs.org or through our social media outlets.  We will continue to add information to this page through the summer.

Uniform

The MBA School Uniform can be purchased at Cramer’s Uniforms. Cramers was located at the corner of Frankford Ave. and Orthodox St. but they have since moved. Please visit them at their new location at: 4628 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124.


School Supply List

You can find what your student needs to be prepared for the 2021-22 SY here!

Student Orientation

This year, orientation is for ALL students – new and returning—and marks the official start of the school year. We can't wait to see you!! 

  • Tuesday, August 24th (9AM-11AM) - Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade

  • Wednesday, August 25th (9AM-11AM) – 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade

  • Thursday, August 26th (9AM-12PM)– 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade

  • Friday. August 27th (9AM-12PM)– 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade and 12th grade

School Day Start and End Time 

  • Grade K-5: 9:00AM-3:30PM ** Please note this schedule is contingent on the School District of Philadelphia's bussing plan which is currently NOT finalized (as of 7/18/2021) ** 

  • Grades 6-12: 8:00AM-3:00PM


First Full Day of School

Monday, August 30th (all students)

School Calendar

Please follow this link to the 2021-22 academic calendar. Please note that we have a number of days where students dismiss early for staff professional development. We ask that you please take advantage of these days to schedule doctor appointments. **Please note these days are subject to change based on board approval **

Grades K-5 Uniform Policy 


Bottom

Navy Blue Pants/Plaid Romper


Top

Light Blue Polo-Shirt with the MBA logo/light blue blouse (for under romper)

Sweater: Optional all year – Navy Blue Cardigan with MBA logo


Footwear

Blue/Black school shoes or all black sneakers.  All black sneakers are required on days when students have gym.  They are optional other days.


Gym Uniform

​MBA sweatpants and with MBA polo shirt – to be worn all day during gym day.


Grades 6-12 Uniform Policy


​Bottom

Navy blue two pocket dress pants. Please note: no tight, fitted or legging/jean-like pants are permitted. 

Skirt is optional all year. Skirts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.

Top

Shirts - Blue dress oxford shirt, button down collar (buttoned) long or short sleeves with the MBA logo.  


Ties - Plaid school tie unless provided silver or red tie by school administration. 


Sweater/Sweater Vest – optional all year


Footwear

Black or Navy School Shoe, or ALL Black sneakers.

School shoes are defined as a leather shoe that laces up and covers the entire foot. ** Please note for safety reasons, students are not permitted to wear sandals, slippers, flip-flops, boots, open-back/sling back shoes.


Socks

Socks and tights worn with the skirt must be solid navy blue with no patterns or designs.

Lanyard

The lanyard is issued by the school and must be worn at all times. It will contain the student’s school ID. 


Belt

Students will wear a solid black, blue or brown belt with pants

Gym Uniform

There is a gym uniform option for students available at Cramers however any school appropriate T-shirt, shorts, or athletic pants are acceptable. ​Students must bring appropriate gym clothes with them on the days they have gym. 

Transportation

All students in grades 6-12 that live farther than 1.5 miles from the school, as determined by the School District of Philadelphia, will qualify for and receive a weekly SEPTA transpass. Transpasses will be given out to returning students on the first full day of school then once a week on the last weekday of school in a given week. New students may take a week or two to get on the list. This is 100% controlled by the School District and SEPTA. 

All students in grades 1-5 that live farther than 1.5 miles from the school, as determined by the School District of Philadelphia, may qualify for bus service. 

The School District does not provide transportation for students in Kindergarten.

If there are ever any issues with the bus service, such as lateness or a missed pick-up, please contact the School District at: 215-400-4350

Please contact Mr. Aikens with questions about transportation (waikens@mbacs.org).

Enrollment Questions

Sibling Preference Policy – MBA has a sibling preference policy. We cannot guarantee seats to siblings, however if we have available seats in a grade, then siblings of current MBA students will get preference to those seats. The MBA Sibling preference policy only applies to siblings that apply before the lottery deadline in early March. We cannot apply it after the lottery because at this point the waitlist has been established. We accept applications between September 24, 2021 and January 24, 2022. The public lottery is on February 9, 2022 at 9am. Please contact enrollment@mbacs.org with questions or visit the admissions page.