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The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

Strong Partnership Unites School and Neighborhood

The neighborhood surrounding St. James School is known as RAH and includes the homes and businesses inside the triangle of Ridge Avenue, Allegheny Avenue, Hunting Park Avenue. Paradise is the neighborhood’s nickname. We are part of a larger community, called Allegheny West. The RAH Neighborhood’s strong partnership with the St. James School community started with City Camp, the summer camp held on the school grounds before the school was founded.

How We Are Partnering with our Community

  • Hosting monthly RAH Civic Association Meetings
  • The Welcome Table serves as a community outreach center, providing food, clothing spiritual counseling, and minor home repairs
  • Sunday Night Mass and Dinner – a time of fellowship and community-building
  • Annual fall festival
  • Pro bono legal clinics 
  • Local election support
  • Free space for community needs and celebrations provided on-campus
  • Funeral services for neighbors in need at the Church of St. James the Less
  • Annual RAH – St. James BBQ and family carnival 
  • A commitment to patronizing local businesses, both as a school and as a residential community
  • Annual RAH – St. James Summer “Jazz in Paradise” concert and dinner