Award Year: 2021

Penn Alexander School

4209 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4022

(215) 400-7760

Ms Lauren Overton, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

School District of Philadelphia

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Mission

The school's educational mission is to maximize the academic and personal competence of all its students to become successful lifelong learners and productive citizens in a diverse and highly technological society. A challenging research-based instructional program leads children to mastery of fundamental ideas, skills, and learning strategies, and prepares them to meet the highest academic standards.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 42%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 25%
  • Two or more races: 12%
Application
Rainbow over the outdoor classroom farm at Penn Alexander

Rainbow over the outdoor classroom farm at Penn Alexander

Penn Alexander opened in 2001 as the result of an unprecedented partnership between the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and the University of Pennsylvania to demonstrate that urban neighborhood schools can be successful when every partner - principal, parents, teachers, and community - is committed to ensuring that every student meets or exceeds the social and academic identified objectives.

Moving toward closing the opportunity gap would not be possible without each partner, and the strong belief that education is not limited to classroom-based academic interactions. Teachers and students supported this endeavor in various ways through annual school and community events, through community and partner programming, through parent engagement, and through the rich opportunities provided by the Penn partnership.

This network of stakeholders work together in collaboration to ensure that every child receives what they need both academically and socially, so that the school's mission to maximize the academic and personal competence of all its students to become successful lifelong learners and productive citizens in a diverse and highly technological society can be achieved. The school has produced 11 National Board Certified Teachers, has maintained a 95% acceptance rate to selective high schools, and has earned numerous awards for student achievement across all content areas.