Samuel Powel Elementary is a high-performing K-4 school in Powelton Village, in the heart of University City. Powel School provides excellent curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables success for every student. Powel treats each child with dignity and respect and maintains a safe, positive, and healthy learning environment. We are one of West Philadelphia’s premier public elementary schools.

Powel’s Vision, Mission, and Philosophy

Powel empowers all of its students to be proficient learners and creative thinkers who are self-disciplined, active, and resourceful leaders who can confidently say, ‘Yes, I can!’ The school strives to provide a rigorous and supportive academic environment that fosters intellectual growth, creativity, and personal responsibility.

At Powel, we value each student as an individual with unique contributions. We believe that learning is best achieved through a language-based social process that nurtures every child. Our educational goal is to raise the level of student achievement by encouraging children’s natural curiosity and channeling it into exploration and inquiry. Our objective is not merely the competence of our students but also to instill in them a lifelong love of learning and the pursuit of excellence.


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