General George A. McCall Elementary School – Philadelphia, PA

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

General George A. McCall Elementary School

325 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106-4139

(215) 400-7840

Mrs. Stephanie McKenna, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

School District of Philadelphia

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 13%
  • White: 19%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 56%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 20%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 100%


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McCall students enjoying a team building activity

McCall students enjoying a team building activity


The General George A. McCall School is a public school located in the heart of the Society Hill neighborhood of Center City Philadelphia. McCall encompasses one of the most diverse and highest performing student bodies in Philadelphia. McCall's educational mission is to provide all students with the academic, technological, and social skills needed to be productive and contributing citizens in our society. In respecting the community's diverse, multicultural population, the school celebrates specific cultural traditions, encourages local partnerships and events, and cultivates parent engagement in the school community. One of the challenges that McCall faces is its large number of students with limited English proficiency. McCall promotes cultural understanding and provides outreach to parents and community. The McCall community which is made up of students, teachers, staff, families and community members gives the school its strength. Each person's contribution comes together to create a nurturing environment in which all children can succeed. McCall has made significant strides in closing the achievement gap. While there is still plenty of work to be done, McCall was able to help the lowest performing students make progress in improving their scores on standardized tests in recent years. McCalls support of its lowest achievers works towards its mission of helping all students. Currently, McCall is one of the most highly regarded kindergarten through 8th grade public schools in the City, ranked #1 out of 138 city-wide K-8 schools on the School District of Philadelphia School Progress Report.