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Welcome to Laura H. Carnell Elementary School


A successful elementary school rolling out an innovative vision for Project-Based Learning, led by dedicated students, educators, and community partners. ——– Follow us on Twitter @LHCarnell #SchoolRedesign #PBL #FutureFocused

Message from the Principal

Principal Pelzer and Dr. Hite


It is my privilege to serve the Laura H. Carnell School community. We are a school community led by dedicated scholars, parents, teachers, staff and community partners. Together, we are striving to make a difference for our scholars.

On Tuesday, September 5th, we started the 2017-2018 school year. We had a great school opening and first week of school. Thank you to all the parents and stakeholders that supported our first week of school.

Carnell made tremendous progress last year and look forward to a great school year. Last year we made some extraordinary academic gains. This year our scholars will make additional gains if we stay focused on our goals and work together to reach them.

I want every parent and family to know they are welcome at Carnell. Feel free to visit the school and your child’s classroom. Learn about our curriculum, assessments, interventions, school progress, and school goals for 2017-2018, and much more. Enjoy a glimpse of the teachers, staff, and learning activities that are a part of Carnell. I hope that you can take from frequent visits to the school a sense of the extraordinary educational work being performed and the pride we all share in our school.

Thank you for sending your scholar(s) to our school. I look forward to working together with you all.


Hilderbrand Pelzer III, Principal


Points of Pride

Selected for the 1st Cohort of the Schools District of Philadelphia’s School Redesign Initiative

Featured in the School Redesign Initiative Case Study, by Operation Public Education, an organization based at the University of Pennsylvania

65% of Scholars said, “I like schoolwork,” according to the 2016 District-Wide Survey

Ranked 2nd among school peer group, as measured by the district’s 2014-2015 School Progress Report.

“Top 20 schools” – ranked 18th citywide, as measured by the district’s 2014-2015 School Progress Report.

Increased progress domain, which measures growth on standardized assessments, by 60% over three years, as measured by the district’s 2014-2015 School Progress Report.

Recognized two consecutive years for successful implementation of Response to Intervention and Instruction (2014-2015; 2015—2016)