Our History

St. Martin of Tours was originally, temporarily housed at St. Joachim’s convent in Frankford. Mother Mary Albert McBride, Sister M. St. Clare Slavin and Sister Marie Bernardine Halligan formed the first IHM Community for St. Martin of Tours School.  On September 8, 1925, these three Sisters, opened the doors of the school to 71 students, the smallest enrollment the school would ever have. Classrooms on the second and third floors were completed within three years and by 1932 there were 950 students enrolled…and many more to come over the decades! The school population peaked in 1970 with an enrollment of 2,749 students, taught by 30 Sisters and about as many lay faculty.

St. Martin of Tours can truly boast of the concept in its motto “Many People – One Family – Serving Christ” as we delight in the diversity of cultures that our children encounter each day in one another. Coming to school each day is a real joy – for both students and teachers!


St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Elementary School is for children in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Under the supervision of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the dedicated lay faculty of St. Martin of Tours, our students experience a faith-centered educational program, enhanced by daily prayer, liturgical celebrations, prayer services and outreach activities.

St. Martin of Tours admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to our students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policy, or in any school-administered program.

Let it be known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school; the unseen, but ever present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty, the inspiration of its students.

Our school is Middle States Accredited and has been, in its past as well as in the present, well-known for academic excellence.  We are proud of the efforts of our parents, families and teachers who continue to sacrifice in difficult economic times to ensure that our children are prepared to take their place in a global world as 21st-century learners.  These efforts have resulted in our classrooms being equipped with interactive whiteboards, projectors, iPads and desktop netbooks shared throughout the grades, and a computer lab and new library.  These tools, coupled with the experience and expertise of our dedicated faculty, have enabled our children to earn many scholarships and awards – bringing a firm foundation with them to high school.