Who We Are
Located in southeastern Delaware County, the William Penn School District serves approximately 5,000 students who live in the six communities of Aldan, Colwyn, Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Yeadon Boroughs. Our eight elementary schools, which serve students in Kindergarten through the sixth grade, are as follows: Aldan Elementary, Ardmore Avenue Elementary, Bell Avenue Elementary, Colwyn Elementary, East Lansdowne Elementary, Evans Elementary, Park Lane Elementary, and Walnut Street Elementary.
Our secondary schools are Penn Wood Middle School (grades 7 and 8), Penn Wood High School – Cypress Street Campus (grade 9) and Penn Wood High School – Green Avenue Campus (grades 10, 11, and 12).
The William Penn School District also offers: Alternative education through a variety of programs; Customized, customized, accelerated learning options through our Blended Schools program; and an alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar school setting through the William Penn School District Cyber Academy Program.Our Vision
The William Penn School District will nurture and empower all students to become career and/or college ready.
The William Penn School District will:
• Support all staff in providing rigorous, data-driven, student centered, differentiated instruction aligned with the academic standards of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
• Ensure all staff, in partnership with their communities, will create a positive, nurturing, and supportive school climate that encourages all students to discover and pursue their passion for learning.
• Secure and retain dedicated professionals committed to academic success of all students.
• The William Penn School District will ensure the consistent implementation of effective instructional practices across all classrooms in each school.
• The William Penn School District will ensure barriers to student learning are addressed in order to increase student achievement and graduation rates.
• The William Penn School District will ensure that each member of the district community promotes, enhances, and sustains a shared vision of positive school climate and ensures family and community support of student participation in the learning process.
- Every individual has worth
- Every individual can learn
- Education is a right as well as a privilege
- Students, parents, and community working in partnership promote lifelong learning
- Every individual in the learning community is entitled to a safe and healthy environment
- Every individual is entitled access to opportunities that develop one’s potential
- Our community’s diversity is a strength
- Knowledge is the result of active and purposeful learning
- Students have a responsibility for their learning
- Teachers have a responsibility for their students’ learning
- The community has a responsibility for educating its youth
William Penn School District Administrative Organization
The William Penn School District is governed by a nine member elected Board of School Directors. The Board of School Directors by majority vote appoints a Superintendent of Schools for a three (3) to five (5) year term to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the school district, responsible for the day to day management and supervision. There are central office and building level administrators who supervise and manage various programs and schools to assist the Superintendent of Schools in providing instruction, programs, and services to the students, staff, parents and community.
The organizational structure is subject to change and will be reviewed annually to ensure that the William Penn School District is operating in the most effective and practical means for the delivery of services and programs.