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2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR 

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.

Show this flier to gain the discount code for 10% off through July 8th. 

School Supply List

You can find what your student needs to be prepared for the 2022-23 SY here! Additionally, MBA has partnered with SchoolKidz/Teacher Tailored which offers students and families the option to purchase a complete supply kit that will be delivered to MBA at a low cost in advance of the upcoming school year. MBA has passed the discount savings directly to families so they can take advantage of this great service. Head to www.supplyttkits.com and use the MBA account #71926 to get started. 

Student Orientation

This year we will be returning to a more traditional orientation schedule. Continue to check back for more information. We can't wait to see you!! ​

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 ** 

  • Grades 6-8: 8:30AM-3:00PM

  • Grades 9-12: 8:15AM-2:45PM


First Full Day of School

Monday, August 29 (all students)

School Calendar

Please follow this link to the 2022-23 Academic calender. 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 **

Uniform Policy 

Supply chain issues resulted in many challenges with our school uniform last school year. This encouraged us to revisit our uniform and we have added several options for students moving forward. We are excited to announce that:  

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 

Students will continue to have the option to wear navy blue slacks, or the navy blue plaid skirt. 

Top

Students will have the option to purchase a blue short sleeve or long sleeve polo, MBA school sweater, and/or the Heather Gray quarter zip. Sweaters and quarter zips must be worn over the short sleeve or long sleeve polos. Student athletes with the athletic quarter zip may also choose to wear this over their polo. 


*Students may continue wearing their short-sleeve/long-sleeve Oxford shirts provided they have a tie to accompany it.

Footwear

Students will have the option to wear any blue or black dress shoe.


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. 


** All students 6-12 will be required to wear their academy-specific lanyard and student ID. ** 

The following are not approved items and should not be worn for any MBA student:

  • Sweater or quarter-zips not available for purchase at Cramer’s Uniforms

  • Hoodies and sweatshirts 

  • Long sleeve shirts worn underneath a polo and/or oxford shirt 

  • Uggs, Crocs, boots, slides, ballet flats, non-black sneakers (K-5 only), or any open-toed shoe

  • Hats/Head coverings unless permitted for religious reasons 

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, 2022 and January 24, 2023. The public lottery is on February 9, 2023 at 9am. Please contact enrollment@mbacs.org with questions or visit the admissions page.