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James Dobson Elementary School

PHONE: (215) 487-4460 SCHOOL TYPE: Public District Neighborhood GRADES: K-8 ENROLLMENT: 225

Fast Facts

  • Principal

    Dr. Tom Szczesny

  • Phone Number

    (215) 487-4460

  • Website

  • Neighborhood


  • SEPTA Routes

    Bus (35, 62)

  • Preschool/Daycare

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  • Application Deadline


  • Tuition

  • Uniform

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  • Extended Day

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Here at Dobson, we are inspiring Learners and empowering Leaders everyday.--Vision: We 'Make it Happen' in Manayunk by living, loving, learning and leaving a legacy.

Points Of Pride

1. One of only two recipients of a 2015-2016 Local Educators Award for a Philadelphia public school-2. The Leader in Me program-3. Student Leadership Opportunities: Student Council, Safety Patrol, Student Newspaper "The Fit Fin"-4. Middle Years (grades 6-8) Inter-Scholastic Sports: Girls’ Basketball, Volleyball, and co-ed Basketball.-6. Recipient of the following grants: Community Design Collaborative, The 'I Am A Leader' Grant from the Covey Foundation, Healthy Newsworks.-7. Notable Arts Activities: upper and lower school choir.-8. Extra-curricular Activities: School Newspaper, Intermediate Division 1st place Reading Olympics teams, Yearbook Committee, Choir, Tech Squad.-9. One of only two media lab schools in the city: produces school TV broadcasts.

Admissions Policy

Students must live within designated catchment boundaries; students may apply to a school(s) outside of their neighborhood and will be considered via lottery based on a available space.

Accreditations and Honors

Working towards Leader In Me Lighthouse status

Hours of Operation

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Extended Programming Details

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