Our Work With Urban Schools

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander School (Penn Alexander)

The Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander School (Penn Alexander) is an award-winning K-8 school designed by Penn GSE, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Serving a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse student body, Penn Alexander is one of the best schools in Pennsylvania – and virtually all graduates attend selective high schools in Philadelphia. Read more…

Henry C. Lea School

Penn began working with West Philadelphia’s Henry C. Lea School in the 1960s. Today, groups across Penn – including GSE, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and Penn Science Across the Ages – operate 23 different school day and after-school programs at Lea. At the start of the 2013-14 school year, Penn deepened its commitment to Lea with an expanded partnership.

Community-Based Mathematics Project of Philadelphia

Founded by Drs. Janine Remillard and Caroline Ebby in 2009, the Community-Based Mathematics Project of Philadelphia (CBMP) is a group of Penn GSE faculty and students who partner with middle school teachers to design context-rich mathematics curricula that are relevant to the lives of Philadelphia’s students.

Education Design Studio, Inc.

Penn recently supported the launch of the Philadelphia-based Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi), a hybrid incubator and seed fund specifically focused on nurturing edtech startups and connecting them with education research. Startups chosen to participate in EDSi – some of whom are Philadelphia educators and entrepreneurs – are selected from the annual Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition for their viability and capacity to connect research to real-world innovations.