Penn Alexander School

Penn Alexander School

In order to encourage urban renewal, ease overcrowding in area schools and improve education in the city, Penn partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in 1998 to create Penn Alexander School, a state-of-the-art, University-assisted neighborhood public school in University City.

In this edition of By The Numbers, school’s in at Penn Alexander. 



Approximate number of students Penn Alexander serves in grades K-8, along with two Head Start classrooms.


Percent of Penn Alexander students that are African American. Thirty percent are white, 13 percent are Asian, four percent are Hispanic and five percent belong to other ethnicities.


Amount per student Penn contributes to Penn Alexander to reduce class size and enhance the education program.


Percent of Penn Alexander students that are from Penn-affiliated families (e.g., children of University faculty, staff and students).


Number of square feet in the Penn Alexander building. It accommodates 28 classrooms; five small group instruction classrooms; specialized rooms designed for science, art, and music; a gymnasium/auditorium; a library and media center; a parent-participation center; a cafeteria; and administrative spaces.


Percent of Penn Alexander 8th graders that were admitted to either citywide admission high schools or special admission high schools in 2008.


Number of degrees Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the school’s namesake, earned while at Penn. She was the first African American in the nation to earn a Ph.D. in economics and the first African-American woman to enroll at Penn Law School.

Originally published on September 3, 2009