About Us

James Dobson Elementary school is a gem. It is high-achieving K-8 neighborhood elementary school resting in the hills that define Manayunk and Roxborough. It serves just under 300 students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. The size creates a true family atmosphere in the building with a dedicated staff that proudly watches the students grow and mature. Families also bring an active, energetic presence to the school. It is a true community, and those relationships make all the difference for our students.

Our Vision

To provide a high-quality education that develops the curiosity and talents of our students while fostering agency to make a positive impact in their community and the world around them.

Our Mission

James Dobson Elementary School is a small, inclusive school community that cultivates the foundation of lifelong learning by fostering high expectations through authentic and meaningful instruction. We value working together with our families, neighbors and partners to continuously reach higher heights in each child’s educational experience. Our school develops the individuality of the whole child through our three main pillars: Respect, Empathy, and Integrity.