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Located in Northwest Philadelphia and situated in the Cedarbrook Neighborhood, Franklin Spencer Edmonds Elementary School (FSEES) serves more than 600 students from Pre-Kindergarten to the 8th grade.  We are one of 16 schools in Learning Network 6.  FSEES was, in 2016, designated as a City of Philadelphia Community School.

Our catchment area generally includes and extends to Cheltenham Avenue to the North; Stenton Avenue to the South; Limekiln Pike/Upsal Street to the East; and, Mount Airy Avenue/Easton Road/Wadsworth Avenue to the West.  We welcome, on a limited, space-available basis, children and families from outside of our catchment area to join our school community.

At FSEES, we strive for continuous improvement in all that we do.  In order for us to continue to do that and to do it well, we need for our students’ families, as well as members of various business, civic, educational, professional, public service, religious, and social organizations in and around our neighborhood and city to join with us to fulfill our charge of providing all of our students with a great public school close to where they live.

Will you join us?

A Message from The Principal…

To the Franklin Spencer Edmonds Elementary School Community:

I write to share that our school has been identified as an Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (A-TSI) school by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  Our school is one of roughly 200 A-TSI schools statewide and 17 in district that will receive targeted support for students who need additional help to succeed academically.

These changes are part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2015.  As part of ESSA, PDE changed the way it supports schools across the Commonwealth to ensure Pennsylvania’s students are prepared to enter college and the workforce.

Similar to The School District of Philadelphia’s School Progress Report (SPR), the Commonwealth is relying less on standardized tests and focusing more on what we know matters most to the success of our students.  The SPR is still the best place for you to learn how our school is doing and follow our progress.

I will continue to share additional information as it becomes available.  If you would like to learn more, you can visit the PDE website at

Thank you for your continued support as we work to ensure that every child in our school succeeds.

Sincerely yours,

Principal Y. N. Roundtree, Chief Learner and Teacher


We’re So Excited and We Just Can’t Hide It!

  • Early Literacy: Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) has partnered with us to support our English Language Arts and Literacy instructional programming in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.  CLI works with our school leaders and classroom teachers so that our students can become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.
  • Mathematics: Our school is the recipient of a grant from MathCounts through Carnegie Learning.  As a part of this project, classroom teachers in all grades will receive additional supports intended to assist them in developing their content knowledge while also enhancing their capacity to deliver mathematics instruction infused with the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
  • Technology: F.S. Edmonds was the beneficiary of another grant, which supported us in providing our students with additional, hands-on exposure to technology.  The students who participated in this exciting opportunity learned, among other things, how to take apart a computer and to make the needed repairs.  Additionally, our students were taught about 3D printing design.
  • Climate and Culture: We are the recipient of a School Transformation grant to implement a schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.  As a part of our PBIS program, our students show respect, demonstrate responsibility, and always think about safety first.
  • The Arts: Edmonds Elementary School was selected to receive a benevolent donation of original artworks created by acclaimed artist Purvis Young, as well as a wide variety of informational booklets, teaching materials, posters, framing, and hardware valued in excess of $500,000 due to the generosity of the Janet Fleisher Investment Corporation.
  • Community Advocacy and Partnerships: Thanks to the hard work, behind-the-scenes efforts, and tremendous energy of the Mount Airy 9th District Community Council’s Education Committee, our school is the home to a brand new Community Garden.  Members of the Committee, along with other supporters and volunteers, including our Home and School Association’s Executive Board and Ms. Kyasha Tyson, Director of Community and Economic Development in Councilwoman Cherelle Parker’s Office, joined forces to build the garden from the ground up.  This space added a nice touch to our school and is one of many planned projects to beautify our grounds.


FSEES is and will continue to be “On the Rise!”



GSK Science in the Summer Program
~ In Partnership with The Franklin Institute ~


GSK Science in the Summer™ is a fun and free science education program for students entering grades 2 to 6!  All classes are taught by certified teachers and are offered in library systems in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Students must register online prior to attending.

The Science of Me invites children to explore both the biological systems that make humans fundamentally alike and the elements that interact to create a unique individual. Through engaging, hands-on exploration, students discover how food becomes our body’s fuel, where oxygen goes when we breathe it, how our brains interpret the world, and what role DNA plays in making us who we are.

Thank you to parent Mrs. Snow for sharing this!!!