Highest poverty rate among America’s 10 largest cities: PHILADELPHIA

Biggest funding disparities between low income and high income school districts in the country: Pennsylvania

1.5 grade levels
Gains our students must make annually after attending underperforming elementary schools to be on grade level by high school

students reside in a
single-adult homes.


Middle School: A Critical Time

Researchers point to the middle school years as a make-or-break period for academic accomplishment—especially for underresourced students.

As they transition to adolescence, they are forming the attitudes, values, and habits that will largely shape their adult lives. Too often in underperforming middle schools, students are left unprepared for high school, college, and the world outside of the classroom. At St. James School we believe that every child deserves a school that supports them fully during this critical phase of life.

And as the only Episcopal school in the city of Philadelphia, St. James School strives to be a community where we nurture students’ gifts academically, physically, creatively, morally and spiritually.


St. James School is at the heart of this neighborhood.

Residents have responded favorably to our work and the many activities going on today. We are continually inspired by their collective investment in St. James—it has become a neighborhood initiative. As a community working together, St. James School has found great assurance in the opportunity for middle school children to advance to high schools and colleges that will form their future success.

The Allegheny West community’s location in upper North Philadelphia puts the neighborhood at the geographic center of the Philadelphia region. The borders are Ridge Avenue on the west, 17th Street on the east, Lehigh Avenue on the South. The neighborhood is just five miles from City Hall and within close proximity to the Main Line, Conshohocken and the Philadelphia International Airport.

Home to over 19,000 residents and numerous businesses, civic groups and schools, Allegheny West is a vibrant community full of potential, which St. James School is helping to nurture and grow. Our 400-square-block neighborhood is characterized by pedestrian-friendly neighborhood parks and green spaces, and blocks characterized by traditional Philadelphia row homes and small apartment buildings.

African Americans currently make up the largest percentage of the neighborhood, while a growing Latino and Asian population is emerging.

While the loss of many industrial businesses left a large gap in the neighborhood’s employment and business network, there are several major anchor institutions that provide employment for residents and meet the basic health needs of community members.

Several prominent Philadelphia companies continue to maintain their corporate headquarters in our community, including Penn Fishing Reels and Pep Boys.