University City

University City is the easternmost portion of West Philadelphia, encompassing several Philadelphia universities. It is situated directly across the Schuylkill River from Center City.

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University City is the easternmost portion of West Philadelphia, encompassing several Philadelphia universities. It is situated directly across the Schuylkill River from Center City. The University of Pennsylvania was instrumental in coining the name "University City" as part of a 1950s urban-renewal and gentrification effort. Today, Drexel University and the University of the Sciences also call University City home.

The eastern side of University City is home to the Penn and Drexel campuses, several medical institutions, independent centers of scientific research, 30th Street Station, Cira Centre, and Cira Centre South. The western side contains Victorian and early 20th-century housing stock and is primarily residential.

University City's boundaries, as defined by the non-profit University City District organization and the City of Philadelphia, are the Schuylkill River to the east; Spring Garden Street, Powelton Avenue, and Market Street to the north; 52nd Street to the west; and Woodland Avenue, University Avenue, and Civic Center Boulevard to the south. Within these boundaries are the local neighborhoods of Cedar Park, Garden Court, Spruce Hill, Squirrel Hill, Powelton Village, Walnut Hill, and Woodland Terrace.

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Q2 2019
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RATING* SCHOOL NAME GRADES SCHOOL TYPE
N/A Mcmichael Morton School Preschool - 8th Grade Public
N/A Science Leadership Academy Middle School 5th Grade - 5th Grade Public
5 Penn Alexander School Kindergarten - 8th Grade Public
1 Martha Washington Academics Plus School Kindergarten - 8th Grade Public
2 Powel Samuel School Kindergarten - 4th Grade Public
1 Belmont Charter School 1St Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A School Of The Future 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
1 Paul Robeson High School For Human Services 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Islamic Education School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Jubilee School Preschool - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Spruce Hill Christian School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Hms School For Children With Cerebral Palsy Private/Charter
N/A Caring Center Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.