Dear Parents/Guardian: Your student will be participating in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)/Keystone Examination, a state-mandated standardized assessment from April 22, 2024 through May 10, 2024. The details and the documents included provide important information and policies, so please take a few minutes to review them HERE.


Dear Baldi School Community:

With great excitement, I announce Bianca C. Gillis as the next Principal of The Baldi Middle School. With a strong educational foundation cultivated as a student in the School District of Philadelphia, Ms. Gillis’s journey in education has been marked by a deep passion for fostering academic excellence and holistic student development. Having taught in the school district of Philadelphia for over 14 years, Ms. Gillis brings a wealth of knowledge and insights into our students’ unique needs and challenges. Her firsthand experience within our district as an educator and administrator has shaped her understanding of the educational landscape and equipped her with the tools necessary to make a profound impact on the lives of her students. This experience, combined with her undergraduate degree from Temple University in Education and a Master of Educational Administration from Cabrini University, reflects her dedication to continuous learning and growth.

Her impressive professional trajectory shows Ms. Gillis’s commitment to student and teacher success. Having served as an Assistant Principal at Julia Deburgos, Central High School, and as a Principal Resident at Girard Academic Music Program along with Northeast High School, she has honed her leadership skills and demonstrated a keen ability to foster a culture of excellence. What sets Ms. Gillis apart is her commitment to families and her unwavering belief that students deserve to experience joy and be rigorously educated, nurtured, and unharmed when they enter the school’s doors. Her passionate dedication to student joy is infectious, and her advocacy for a safe and supportive learning environment ensures that each student receives the care and attention they deserve.

Ms. Gillis’s appointment is effective July 1, 2023. We are closing out a rigorous search process that includes stakeholder meetings and a survey to elicit feedback from faculty, parents, and community members. A leadership profile was designed to identify a leader who can effectively communicate and collaborate, guide the school’s instructional program, and bring a deep commitment to equity and community. As the Assistant Superintendent for this school, I led a committee of faculty members and parents to interview ten candidates. The committee’s recommendations were moved forward to Associate Superintendent Evelyn Nunez, Ed.D., and Superintendent Tony B. Watlington Sr., Ed.D, for the final interviews. Through this rigorous process, it is clear that Ms. Bianca Gillis is the right choice for Baldi Middle School!

On behalf of the School District of Philadelphia, I want to extend again my deep appreciation for the commitment and collaboration of our Principal Search Advisory Committee during this process. More information will be shared about Ms. Gillis’s transition to the Baldi School in the coming days. The Baldi School Community will have opportunities to engage with Ms. Gillis before the 2023-2024 School Year begins. Please join me in welcoming Bianca Gillis to the Baldi School community.


Shakeera Warthen

Assistant Superintendent (Learning Network 8)

Baldi Comprehensive School Plan 2023-2024

Please see below to review the school plan for the 2023-2024 School Year

Baldi School [8160] 2023-2024 School Plan

Baldi General Supply List: 2023-2024

This is a general supply list.  All teachers will share their specific supply list with their welcome letter during the first week of school.

  • Pencils–wooden or mechanical
  • Pens–blue and/or black
  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes
  • College-Ruled Loose-leaf Notebook Paper
  • (3) Two-Pocket Folders
  • (5) Marble Copy Books
  • (2) Packs of 3×5 Index Cards
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Box of Tissues (For Advisory Teacher Only)
  • Roll of Paper Towels (For Advisory Teacher Only)
  • Ream of White Copy Paper (For Advisory Teacher Only)
  • Bottle of Hand Sanitizer (For Advisory Teacher Only)
  • 8th Grade ONLY – Combination Lock–Preferred Brand is Master Lock/Combination Only (No Key Locks)
  • Agenda/Homework Book
  • A novel for Independent Reading
  • Plan on bringing your School District-issued Chromebook and charger on the first day of school and every day.

Baldi will have a normal dismissal DAILY at 3:19 PM.

There is no turning into the school parking lot for pick-up during dismissal. There is no parking in front of the school on Verree Rd. in the bus lane.

To avoid traffic from SEPTA buses we recommend that families park toward Alburgher St. or arrange a pick-up for their student after 3:35 PM.

Please do not slowly drive past the school and attempt to pick your student up in traffic. This is extremely dangerous. Your support and understanding help keep our students and staff safe during this busy time of the day.

Baldi Middle School’s Main Office is open for PHONE CALLS ONLY from 9 AM – 2 PM. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.  Families should continue to register online and in-person visitation are by appointment only. Please call 215-400-3090 for any questions.

*If you are registering a NEW student; i.e. they did NOT attend Anne Frank, Fox Chase, Comly, or Loesche Elementary Schools -Registration begins on July 12th online: Registration will be available online as well as by Telephone, via DropBox, or in person at the District’s Education Center (Central Office). Please visit: https://www.philasd.org/studentplacement/registration/


Students that live 1.5 miles away from Baldi are eligible for a SEPTA Fare Card. Families should review the SEPTA routes HERE and where they stop to select the best route. Please note that times are based on last year’s schedule and may change prior to the start of this school year.