Eliza Butler Kirkbride School
Eliza B Kirkbride School
Eliza Butler Kirkbride School
Eliza Butler Kirkbride School is located in Philadelphia
Eliza Butler Kirkbride School
Eliza Butler Kirkbride School is located in Pennsylvania
Eliza Butler Kirkbride School
Eliza Butler Kirkbride School is located in the United States
Eliza Butler Kirkbride School
Location1501 S. 7th St.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates39°55′48″N 75°09′22″W / 39.9300°N 75.1562°W / 39.9300; -75.1562
Arealess than one acre
Built byMcCloskey & Co.
ArchitectIrwin T. Catharine
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.88002290[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 18, 1988

Eliza Butler Kirkbride School is a K–8 school located in the Passyunk Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a part of the School District of Philadelphia.

The historic school building was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1925–1926. It is a four-story, five-bay, yellow reinforced concrete building faced in brick and limestone in the Late Gothic Revival-style. It features a projecting central entrance with floral and heraldic plaques in the spandrel, decorative panels, and a crenellated parapet. Each register contains three openings with limestone sills and lintels. A limestone dripcourse appears over the basement openings. The projecting end registers feature window bands with ornamental panels between the floors. These panels were a standard feature on some of Catharine's designs and often contained the datestone as one of the decorative panels.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]


By 1990 the school had a Head Start Program preschool program.[3]


In 1999 the school had 660 students, with over 50% of them being Asian.[4]

In the 1998–1999 school year the school began a pilot bilingual English-Cambodian (Khmer) program for its immigrant students.[5] By 1999 the school provided basic Cambodian lessons for the non-Cambodian students. In 1999 Cambodians made up almost 33% of the total student body.[4]

As of 2015 the school has an English Language Learner (ELL) program with 200 students, with support from Chinese, Khmer, and Vietnamese-speaking counselor assistants, in addition to a bilingual counselor who speaks Chinese and Vietnamese.[6]

Feeder patterns

Neighborhoods assigned to Kirkbride are also assigned to Furness High School.[7][8]



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania". CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2012-07-07. Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Eliza Butler Kirkbride School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  3. ^ "Head Start's Big Day The Preschool Program Is 25 Years Old, And Its Secret Is Success" (). The Philadelphia Inquirer. May 27, 1990. Retrieved on November 29, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Kim, Myung Oak. "Language And Heritage Bilingual Classes Seek To Foster Understanding" (). The Philadelphia Inquirer. September 23, 1999. Retrieved on November 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Kadaba, Lini S. "An Effort To Speak To More Students The School District Is Extending The Reach Of Its Bilingual Programs." (). The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 6, 1998. Article info. B01 City & Region. Retrieved on November 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program" (). Eliza Butler Kirkbride School. Retrieved on December 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "A Directory of High Schools for 2009 Admissions" (). School District of Philadelphia. p. 15 (PDF p/ 17/40). Accessed November 6, 2008.
  8. ^ "Horace Furness High School Geographic Boundaries" (). School District of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 4, 2011.