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Laura Wheeler Waring School

The Laura Wheeler Waring School is located in the beautiful Fairmount section of Philadelphia. The neighborhood is experiencing rapid gentrification with many beautiful townhouses and restaurants. Located near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fairmount neighborhood is one of culture and excitement.

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently cited Waring as one of the “10 Most Improved Schools in Pennsylvania.” Waring also received the Keystone Award, which recognizes significant improvement in a school’s performance.

Waring school's class sizes are small, and the teachers pride themselves on doing their jobs “The Waring Way” with academic excellence and caring.” They are strong teachers, role models, and mentors who strive to make Waring the best school in the city of Philadelphia.

Waring students go on many exciting, academically related class trips throughout the school year. Beautiful samples of student work adorn the halls of the school and make for an inviting learning environment and recognition of the students’ achievements.

60 % of Waring graduates attend magnet and select admission high schools such as Central High School, SLA, Creative and Performing Arts High School, and Franklin Learning Center. The neighborhood high school is Benjamin Franklin.

Waring is adjacent to a Department of Recreation playing field and playground. The school has a modern Apple computer lab and two science labs. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive white board. The school also has three laptop carts for use in the classroom. The mini-theater, newly installed by the Walnut Street Theatre, will serve as a performance space for Waring students in the future.

School Community

Waring has a small but growing Home & School Association that has been active in many aspects of the school program. They hold fundraisers to provide equipment, trips, rewards and other benefits to the students. They also volunteer in classrooms.

The Spring Garden Civic Association is an active supporter of Waring, providing funds for an art teacher at the school. Waring has also partnered with local universities. Currently, Bryn Mawr College provides students to support both students and teachers in the classroom, while Community College has begun an after-school music program. Drexel University supports Waring’s Eat Right Now nutrition education program.

Waring offers a variety of extra curricular activities for students including Homework Helpline, Drama Club, Reading Olympics, Scrabble Club, Sports Club, Student Council, Chess Club, and a Student Newsletter.

Community Partnerships

Waring enjoys the generous support of the Community Development Corporation, an arm of the Spring Garden Civic Association. The CDC, as the organization is called, pays the salaries of artists in residence who provide wonderful art and music instruction to all of the students. The CDC also pays student admission and transportation to many exciting cultural and education programs throughout the school year. The Mural Arts Program is also a proud sponsor of creative collaborative art projects throughout the school.

Our recent partnership with Walnut Street Theater has benefited the students greatly. They have constructed a mini-theater for future Drama Club performances.

Community College of Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr College provides Waring with student teachers and tutorials.

Waring’s faith based partner, Highway Tabernacle Church, hosts the graduation celebration as well as providing support throughout the year with volunteer time and donations.

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18th and Green Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19130

P: (215) 684-5073
F: (215) 684-5479
Elementary School, K-8

Brianna Dunn

Total Enrollment: 326

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