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The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

Come for a visit and explore!

 

Our 8-acre campus is easily accessible to our students, their families, and our neighbors. Our campus includes five structures, the church, school house, a community house, the cottage, and the Wanamaker memorial tower. Grassy fields, gardens, and space for our students to play and explore make the campus an ideal setting for a neighborhood school. Come for a visit and explore!

The School House

Originally the Parish House, the School House houses five classrooms, the Di Bruno Bros. Neighborhood Kitchen, and The ECHOES Around the World Health Center. The School House’s early 20th Century gothic architecture provides a unique and inspiring setting for teaching and learning.

Di Bruno Bros Neighborhood Kitchen

In January 2014, Di Bruno Bros. and St. James School teamed up to confront the health challenges facing our students and their families. The old St. James School kitchen was small, outdated, and could only warm food, limiting the school’s ability to provide fresh healthy meals to students. Join us for lunch sometime soon!

The Community House

Since our founding, St. James has embraced the importance of an intentional residential community of teachers and staff on campus. Community members share experiences, meals, prayer, and service in ways that engage them personally and professionally. Hospitality to the wider school community is provided by way of a weekly dinner and guest rooms for family and friends. On the first floor, you can find the offices of our Advancement Team and the Head of School. Come visit soon! 

The ECHOES Around the World Health Center

Our health and wellness center supports academic success by providing improved access to high-quality, comprehensive, cost-free healthcare for students, graduates, and other children and adolescents in our community.

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Huskies Hangout

The Huskies Hangout is a space on the St. James School campus dedicated solely to alumni. Graduates attending schools across the city can stop by on their way home for a few hours of homework help and socializing in a comfortable workspace with wifi, computers, and snacks.

The Court

Dedicated on May 3rd, 2017 The Court was made possible through generous support from The Community Clothes Charity and supporters Bob Smith and David Sinclair. The Court is more than just a basketball court! You will find students using The Court during the morning and midday recess, physical education classes, house meetings, and athletic opportunities, like soccer, basketball, and tennis. Find our St. James Huskies basketball team practicing on The Court!

Agriculture Area

A pollinator garden, beehives, a vegetable/herb garden, compost bins, and chickens are located in the agriculture area. It’s a location for students to engage with the earth and learn from mother nature. The honey, vegetables, herbs, and eggs are enjoyed by the community and distributed by The Welcome Table.

Kellner Field

Dedicated on June 11, 2016, Kellner Field is where our school was born! In 2009, The Rev. Sean Mullen, Co-Founder, and The Rev. Andrew Kellner, the School’s Chaplain, founded City Camp. City Camp was the catalyst for an after school program and then the recruitment of our founding class of 5th-grade students. Kellner Field is used for a wide range of activities, such as football during recess and the annual house cup brawn activities.

The Welcome Table

A community resource center where all are invited to share what they have and take what they need. Whether food, clothing, legal services, home repairs or a listening ear, The Welcome Table is a friendly and warm place to build relationships. Our chaplain leads a team partnering with individuals and family to journey together and ensure needs are met.

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The Wanamaker Tower

John Wanamaker (1838 – 1922) was a prominent Philadelphia businessman, philanthropist, and devout Christian. The Wanamaker Memorial Bell Tower and Mausoleum (1908) is the resting place of John Wanamaker and his family. Designed by John T. Windrim, the Tower houses a set of J.C. Deagan tower chimes and a chime of bells by the McShane foundry. The Tower’s chimes play hymns, the Westminster and the Angelus throughout the day.

 

St. David’s Field

On this site from 2010 – 2014, youth from St. David’s Episcopal Church (Wayne, PA) worked to create this park-like space for the children and families of the RAH Neighborhood. Dedicated on June 11, 2016, in honor of St. David’s Church, the field has become a popular space for recess, dog walking, and community concerts and barbeques.

The Alumni Woodshop

Located in the basement of the Community House, the Alumni Woodshop is available to graduates who wish to learn more about woodworking, business, and marketing. Cutting boards, storage chests, decorative wooden sleighs, and other unique products are for sale at St. James and local cafes and shops. Schedule a sale at your home today!

The Sandbox

Mother Marie and Richard Swayze were early supports of St. James. The late Richard and his wife Marie provided thousands of hours of service, helping to prepare our campus for a new school. After thanking Richard each day for his service, he would reply, “no, no…thank you for letting me play in your sandbox.” A location for residents to relax and play, the Community House attic is dedicated to Richard.

The Church of St. James the Less

Dedicated in 1846, the Church was added to the list of National Register of Historical Places in 1974 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985. According to the National Park Service, the Church is the “first example of the pure English Parish church style in America.” The Church is used on a regular basis for school masses, a Sunday night community mass, compline, concerts, and music classes. 

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The Cottage

Build in the 1850s, this simple residence served as the home for many sextons and rectory housekeepers. The Cottage is currently the home for the School’s Head of School, Chaplain and school mascot.

The Lychgate

Found at the entrances of traditional English churchyards, this gateway covered with a roof and is located at the main entrance of our Churchyard. “Lych” is from the Old English and means “corpse.” The gate was traditionally used as a place where the clergy would first receive the casket in preparation for burial. The Lychgate is a popular place to meet on campus!

Interested in a Tour of the St. James School Campus?

We would love to have you come visit the school and learn a bit more about what we’re all about! Schedule a time to visit, we look forward to seeing you!