The School District of Philadelphia is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.
For the most up-to-date information, visit our Coronavirus Information Hub and view the latest video from Superintendent Hite.
Grab-and-go meal site information for students is HERE.
Need support for learning at home? Information on the Chromebook Loaner Program can be found HERE. Internet info and resources are HERE.
Phase 2 K-12 Learning Guides are available at all District meal sites and online (with other remote learning resources) HERE
Have questions? Call our Hotlines (available in 10 languages), email us at  or visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

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Welcome to James Dobson Elementary School!

James Dobson is closed until Monday, March 30.

Please Check the “Closure Work” tab for student work.

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.

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Message from the Principal

In the past year, it has been a privilege to learn and see all the ways Dobson shines. It has also been a privilege to be welcomed into the Dobson Family. And it is a true family.  The relationships that exist amongst the staff, students, families, and community members lead to focused and high-quality teaching and learning each day. Those relationships also fuel the energy that is taking Dobson to the next level. Dobson already offers so much, including – among many strengths – arts, music, robotics, sports, after-school clubs, social-emotional learning, and top-notch teaching. I am excited to work with everyone as we continue to shape the Dobson experience for our students. It is thrilling to consider how those experiences can help students understand the positive impact they can have in their community while preparing them to take advantage of all the opportunities they deserve.


– Tom Szczesny, Ed.D.                                                                                                                     Principal


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