To all of our Comegys Family

We miss and love you very much! Please stay healthy and safe. Just know that we think about you all the time and miss the joy and happiness that you bless upon us every day!






Philly HopeLine

Beginning May 11th, the District is introducing an additional mental health support for students and families.  We have partnered with Uplift-The Center for Grieving Children to create a mental health support helpline for students and families.

We are calling the helpline, The Philly HopeLine

This service will be available:

  • Monday- Friday: 12:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Saturday- Sunday: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Support will be available by phone/text at 1-833-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673)

The service will allow students and families to speak with clinicians by video and by phone. If students and families call outside the window of operation, they will have the option of leaving a message and will be provided with a crisis phone number in case of an emergency.




  • For the latest update from Superintendent Hite, included updates on Chromebooks and supports, Digital Learning resources, how to connect with school-based staff, and calendar updates, please click on the link below.
  • A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding access to healthy meals, teaching and learning, facilities maintenance and other topics can be found by clicking on the link below.
  • The School District of Philadelphia has launched a plan to ensure all students have access to digital learning opportunities in the event that schools remain closed long term due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) response efforts. Click on the link below for more information about the SDP’s upcoming chromebook loaner program.
  • To ensure that students can still have nutritious meals while all schools are closed, the School District of Philadelphia, several charter schools, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority are coordinating with the City’s Office of Children and Families to provide grab-and-go meals for children and youth throughout the city. Click on the link below for more information.
  • The School District of Philadelphia encourages parents and caregivers to find ways to keep their children engaged in educational activities during this extended period of school closures. The District is making Learning Guides available as a resource during this time. These optional Learning Guides (K-12) are offered for personal use. The Learning Guides are aligned to areas previously taught to students during this school year, and parents and students may select which Learning Guides to use. Click on the link below for more information.
  • SDP Hotline-Support for questions on Learning Guides and general questions about the District closure
    • Available Monday – Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30AM
    • 215.400.5300
  • E-mail your Questions-Submit your questions about content in the Learning Guides or ask general questions about the District closure
    • covid19info@philasd.org
  • Parent Portal: Now more than ever it’s important to stay connected. Get updates fast with your Parent Portal Account. Please click on the link below to get started.




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Please complete the summer interest form to reserve a spot for our summer program

First Day of Summer Camp: Monday, 6/29/20

Last Day of Summer Camp: Friday, 8/7/20





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Please click on the link below to access the this week’s Newsletter from Netter:



The School District has made that possible during these unprecedented times by giving parents the ability to complete the Pre-K and Kindergarten applications online

kinder reg 2020

To be eligible for PreKindergarten: 

  • Children must be at least 3 years old on or before September 1, 2020, and must not be age-eligible for kindergarten
  • Children and families must live within the Philadelphia city limits
  • Families must meet current Head Start or Pre-K Counts income guidelines

Students enrolled in Pre-K will have access to a wide-ranging educational curriculum; state-certified teachers; extensive health services; and free daily breakfast, lunch, and snack. For more information about Pre-K and a link to the online application please visit philasd.org/prek

The District’s Office of Early Childhood has Customer Support Liaisons available to answer questions about Pre-K applications and assist Pre-K parents in the process. Parents can call 215-400-4270 or fill out the contact form online, and a Customer Service Liaison will follow up within 48 hrs.

To be eligible for Kindergarten:

  • Children must be at least 5 years old, but not older than 6 years old, on or before September 1, 2020; and must not be eligible for Pre-K
  • Children and families must live within the Philadelphia city limits

For more information about Kindergarten and a link to the application please visit philasd.org/thriveatfive

Families who have questions or need assistance with the Kindergarten application process should email: osep@philasd.org



Benjamin B. Comegys Elementary School
5100 Greenway Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19143
Phone: 215-400-7860
Principal: Rauchaun DuPree


Comegys Family:

I write to share that our school has been identified as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Our school is one of roughly 100 schools, statewide, included in this group. As a CSI school, we will receive targeted support to help us improve in the areas where we need to make progress.

These changes are part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2015. As part of ESSA, PDE changed the way it supports schools across the state to ensure Pennsylvania’s students are prepared to enter college and the workforce.

Similar to Philadelphia’s School Progress Report (SPR), the state is relying less on standardized tests and focusing more on what we know matters most to the success of our students. The SPR is still the best place for you to learn how our school is doing and follow our progress.

I would like to share with you our plan for improvement:

School Improvement Plan

~What are our priorities as a school for the 2019-2020 school year?

  • Priority #1: We need to implement an evidence-based system of school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports.
  • Priority #2: We need to identify and address individual student learning needs.
  • Priority #3: We need to use systematic, collaborative planning processes to ensure instruction is coordinated, aligned, and evidence-based.
  • Priority #4: We need to promote and sustain a positive school environment where all members feel welcomed, supported, and safe in school socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.

~What are the major goals we want to accomplish by June 30, 2020?

  • Goal 1: At least 60% of students will attend school 95% of days or more.
  • Goal 2: At least 90% of students will have zero out-of-school suspensions.
  • Goal 3: 100% of K-2 students will have zero out-of-school suspensions.
  • Goal 4: Our school’s end-of-year serious incident rate will be less than 4.0.
  • Goal 5: 100% of Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will demonstrate one year of growth through a comparison of Q1 and Q4 independent reading levels.
  • Goal 6: At least 70% of Kindergarten students and 50% of 1st and 2nd grade students will score at target by the Spring AIMSwebPlus assessment.
  • Goal 7: At least 36% of students will score at Proficient or Advanced on the ELA PSSA.
  • Goal 8: Students with IEPs will at least meet their growth target (-0.99) in Math and ELA.

~How will we utilize our funding to support our priorities, goals, and strategies?

  • We are investing in a teacher leader
  • We are investing in special education liaison
  • We are investing in a second counselor
  • We are investing in a social worker

If you would like to learn more about ESSA or CSI, you can visit the PDE website at: www.futurereadypa.org

Thank you for your continued support as we work to ensure that every child in our school succeeds.


Sincerely yours,

Principal DuPree