Penn Alexander serves more than 500 students that mirror West Philadelphia’s ethnic diversity, and 30 percent of its students are the children of University faculty, staff and students.
In addition to ongoing financial support, Penn partners with the school in community outreach programs, maintains its grounds and provides student volunteers from across the campus who serve as tutors and mini-course providers.
A number of Penn schools, organizations and departments work with Penn Alexander to strengthen the students' educational experiences. The Graduate School of Education takes the lead in this work, providing student teachers in the classrooms, professional development courses and workshops for staff.
Its enhanced academic program gives students access to specialized learning opportunities in art, music and technology though an array of enrichment activities such as chess, instrumental music lessons, student government, sports, as well as computer science and science fairs. Penn Alexander’s instructional practice is built upon the best available educational research and the classroom’s core experiences that draw upon its diverse cultures.
Penn continues to find new ways to support its surrounding community.
Last year, GSE substantially deepened its decades-long relationship with West Philadelphia’s Henry C. Lea Elementary School. This partnership enacts a new vision of university-school partnerships, driven by the needs and vision of the community around it.