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Welcome to James Dobson Elementary School!

Please note that school begins on August 31, 2021 for students in grades preK – 12 . Our school’s revised start and end time is the following: 9:00 AM – 3:39 PM.   

Important Note for Kindergarten Schedule Only:  First Five Days of School
To start the 2021-2022 school year, the first five days of school (August 31, Sept. 1, 2, 3 and 8) will be half days for Kindergarten students. This schedule will allow teachers to conduct interviews and support registrations in the afternoons during that first week of school.

Visit https://www.philasd.org/ringthebell/#expect to learn more about what to expect, including health and safety protocols for the reopening of schools during the 21-22 school year.


A Message from the Principal

Dear Dobson School Families:

My name is Khloé Williams-Lawani and it is with great pleasure and excitement that I am introducing myself as the newly appointed principal of the amazing James Dobson School. I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of such a wonderful school family. I am fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Szczesny to ensure a smooth transition for the 2021-2022 school year. The strong family atmosphere between students, staff and teachers is truly admirable and I look forward to continuing to inspire connectedness to ensure all school community members know that they are welcome, valued and necessary.

Our Vision

Dobson students care for their community. They act with respect, empathy, and integrity in order to make a positive difference in the world around them.

Our Mission

Dobson seeks to shape students to act as stewards of the future. By creating opportunities for students to take action, students understand the ways they can contribute to positive change.