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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 Our New Principal…

July 2018

To the Franklin Spencer Edmonds Elementary School Community:

I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as your new Principal and to join with the students, families, and community served by F.S. Edmonds Elementary School as we work collectively to significantly improve academic outcomes for our future leaders.

Having attended F.S. Edmonds 21 years ago as a fifth grade student, I rejoin the Edmonds school community by way of Martin Luther King High School where I have served for the past two years as a Turnaround Assistant Principal.  Before accepting the assignment at King, I served for two years as the School Based Teacher Leader and Dean of Students at Parkway West High School where I was also the Assistant Athletic Director and an English, Social Studies, and Vocational Early Child Care and Education Teacher.  I have also served as a Reading Specialist, as a Middle Years English and Social Studies Teacher, and as an Early Childhood Education Teacher at other schools both inside and outside of the district.  Know that in the weeks to come, you will have the opportunity to learn more about me and the new direction that I would like to, in partnership with all of you, take Edmonds this academic year and beyond.  I hope that you will consider joining me, other key leaders on our team, and various other team members who serve in and out of the classroom to make magic happen for our students each day when we host our annual “Back to School Night,” which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

A relationship in which the family, school, and community has high expectations for and is not afraid to hold each other accountable is what enables us to effectively educate the whole child.  Failure is NOT an Option and together we must accept the challenge of preparing every student for high school, college/career, and life, including informed, responsible citizenship in the global, technological, and multidimensional society in which we live.  After all, they deserve nothing less.  To that end, in view of the new course that we are charting together, our new slogan is… “Achievement is the Standard and Success is the Expectation!”

For our team, there is one non-negotiable: ALL students, regardless of ability, circumstance, culture, language, or any other facet of diversity having equitable access to a high quality, standards-based academic program with aligned supports that enhance learning and teaching.  As we move forward, we want for F.S. Edmonds to be a caring, orderly, positive, and safe educational environment for our children where we can teach, challenge, and support them in realizing and achieving their maximum learning potential.  Understand, the work before us is great and so too are our expectations!

We invite you to join with us in creating an educational experience for our children that is memorable and grounded in relevance, rigor, and relationships.  Remember, we can only accomplish our goals if all of us, most importantly you and your student, are sitting at the table!  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone, via email, or by visiting us in the office.  We are always, always open to receiving your input and feedback!  Consider this as a personal invitation from your new Principal.

Sincerely yours,

Principal 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!”



Good Afternoon, Edmonds Families:

Please join me in congratulating and extending well wishes to our School Counselor, Ms. Kristen Heifet, who has accepted assignment as an Assistant Principal at another school in the District. AP Heifet will, in the next week, be transitioning to the Acceleration Network (formerly the Turnaround Network) where she will serve at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, which is located in Germantown and serves Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

Dr. Wallace and I have enjoyed working with Ms. Heifet over the past few months to support our students and families here at Edmonds. She is solutions-oriented and the word “no” was never in her vocabulary! Our loss is surely Roosevelt’s gain, and in Ms. Heifet, the Roosevelt school community will be getting an individual who, among the many other qualities that she brings to the table, is an advocate for educational equity and who continuously models an exemplary work ethic in all that she does.

I am sure that Ms. Heifet is ready for the challenge associated with this new career opportunity and that she will be both an asset and welcome addition to the Roosevelt and Acceleration Network families.

Best to Ms. Heifet in her new assignment!

-Principal Roundtree