Stephen Decatur School K-8

Genevieve Endy-OKane

3500 Academy Road
Philadelphia PA 19154
Phone: 215-281-2606

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.


Message from Dr. Hite


Most Improved Reader and ENGIE Teacher Appreciation Award Winners!


Connor Brown, a second grader, from Stephen Decatur School was nominated as the Most Improved Reader and was honored by the Phillies on May 21, 2016.  His teacher, Jennifer Jarema, was also nominated as being an outstanding educator in the community. Mrs. Jarema was chosen out of hundreds of nominations as Honorable Mention for ENGIE Teacher Appreciation Night.  She was honored May 13, 2016 before the Phillies Game.  Way to go, Connor and Mrs. Jarema!






2016 Philly TEC Showcase Winners!


On April 1, 2016, four students from Decatur School attended the Philly TEC (Technology Exposition and Competition) Showcase.  Students had the opportunity to show off the amazing projects that they created in computer class.  We are very excited to announce that all four students won awards for the projects that they entered!  Eric Austin and Dylan Levering won first place for their middle school multimedia project.  Nadia Tidman won first place for her middle school digital art project.  And Ryan Snyder won honorable mention for his elementary school multimedia project.  These students put a lot of time and effort into their work, not only during class, but also during their lunches, after school, and at home.  Congratulations to Eric, Dylan, Nadia, and Ryan!  We are SO proud of you!!!






PSTV Logo Contest Winner!


As part of a city-wide contest, students in Ms. Solis' Digital Media class designed logos for PSTV - The Public Education Channel for the School District of Philadelphia.  Eighth grader Nadia Tidman's logo entry won for the K-8 "Program Logo" category.  Her logo will be used during shows that are produced by students in grades K-8.  Nadia put a lot of time and effort into her beautifully designed PSTV logo.  We are all so proud of you, Nadia!  Excellent work!



Message from the Principal


Dear Decatur Family,


We are so proud of the fact that Stephen Decatur School is building a strong tradition of success for students, as reflected in its ability to make Adequate Yearly Progress for 5 consecutive years.  Our students’ academic achievement with our school’s strong academic program provides every one of our students with the knowledge and skills essential for their success, and supports their development as lifelong learners.  Although we enjoy an excellent reputation within the local community and beyond, we are always striving for improvement in order to best serve our students, academically, socially and emotionally. 


We are a neighborhood school that realizes that building strong relationships between the school and the community is essential to our students’ success.  We, at Decatur School, cherish our diverse community where all of its members are valued.  We offer an exciting, educational program within a caring and supportive environment.  We truly believe that all children can learn and use inclusive practices to ensure that our students reach their fullest potential. 


We welcome parental involvement and encourage our parents to become active members of our wonderful Home and School Association.  We are looking forward to many successful events this year.  The bond that is forged between the home and the school working together is priceless and helps our students to thrive in all areas of school life.  The Decatur Staff is dedicated to helping students become happy, healthy productive citizens in the community.  To that end, we welcome our parents with open arms and encourage them to get involved in this endeavor.


Thank you for visiting our website.  We are looking forward to an outstanding school year.  With the help and support of all stakeholders, we are hoping that this will be Decatur School’s best year yet. 




Ms. Genevieve E. Endy-O’Kane




Decatur's Points of Pride

  • 2015 Regional Science Fair Winners 
  • 2015 Philly TEC Showcase Winners
  • Academic Grant Programs
  • Annual Winter and Spring Concerts
  • Annual Play Productions
  • Gifted Support Services
  • Middle Years Electives
  • After School Care
    • Philly Kids Initiative (onsite) 
    • YMCA (onsite)
    • Palmer (offsite)
    • Fitzpatrick (offsite)
  • Intervention Programs
    • Technology Based
      • Study Island
      • Lexia Reading
      • First In Math
      • Achieve 3000
      • Power Plus
    • Non Technology Based
      • Corrective Reading 
      • Corrective Math
      • SIPPS
      • VMath
      • Connecting Math Concepts
  • Student Advisory Council 
  • Active Home & School Association
  • School Committees (comprised of staff, parents and community partnerships)

    • Climate
    • Community Relations
    • Data
    • Feast
    • Fundraising
    • Golden Attitude
    • RTII
    • Safety
    • Single School Culture
    • Wellness