At School

dobson 1James Dobson Elementary School is a small, high achieving neighborhood school in the heart of Manayunk, Philadelphia, where our dedicated faculty and staff meets learners where they are and ensures that they succeed academically, as well as socially, and are prepared for high school and beyond.

The small size of our school contributes to our unique family atmosphere that values fundamental regard for all children. Our learning community of over 300 students serves an economically and culturally diverse population of students living both in the surrounding neighborhood and communities from around the city.  At Dobson School, we strive to create a community where students live, love, learn and leave their legacy each day.

Points of Pride:
  • Annual Yearly Progress for 12 Consecutive Years
  • Active Home and School Association
  • Recipients of a Leader In Me Grant.  Dobson is a Leader In Me School as of  January 2015!
  • Recipients of a Community Design Collaborative Grant to redesign the outdoor learning space for our students.  Final plans are expected in March of 2015.
  • Student Leadership Opportunities:
    • Student Council
    • Safety Patrol
    • Library Aides
    • Geek Squad
  • Middle School Sports:
    • Co-Ed Soccer
    • Girls’ Volleyball
    • Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball
    • Boys’ Baseball
    • Girls’ Softball
    • Co-Ed Tennis
  • Notable Activities:
    • Upper and Lower School Choir
    • Winter and Spring Music Performances and Musical Productions
    • Student Art Show and Sale
    • Graphic Arts Program
    • School Newspaper
    • Yearbook Committee
    • Robotics Team
    • Dance Team
    • Band

Please call the school’s office to schedule a tour.