William Penn School District


The William Penn School District in Pennsylvania operates 11 schools, including 8 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, and 1 alternative school. The district serves a predominantly African American student population, with high rates of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating significant socioeconomic challenges.

While the district as a whole struggles academically, with most schools performing well below state averages on standardized tests, a few schools stand out. W.B. Evans Magnet School has the highest proficiency rates on PSSA Math and English Language Arts tests in the district, and even exceeds the state average in some areas. Walnut Street Elementary has the lowest student-teacher ratio among the district's elementary schools, which may contribute to a more supportive learning environment. Additionally, Penn Wood 9th Grade Academy, an alternative school, boasts an impressive 0% dropout rate.

However, the district faces significant challenges, including stark disparities in academic performance, potential staffing issues due to high student-teacher ratios, and the overwhelming socioeconomic factors facing the community. While the data highlights pockets of success, such as W.B. Evans Magnet School, the William Penn School District as a whole must address these systemic challenges to improve outcomes for all students.

District Detail

 100 Green Avenue Annex
Lansdowne, PA 19050-2095

 (610) 284-8000

SchoolDigger Rank:
539th of 606 Pennsylvania districts

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Grades served: K-12
Students: 4,623

Primary Schools: 8
Middle Schools: 1
High Schools: 1
Alternative Schools: 1

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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