Hamilton Disston Elementary School Kindergarten - 8

Mrs. Kari D. Hill

6801 Cottage Street
Philadelphia PA 19135
Phone: 215-335-5661

Home of the Disston Dragons where we are always Respectful, Responsible and Reliable!!!

Disston, Hamilton


Message from the Principal



It is with great pride and enthusiasm that this wonderful team of professional educators kicks off the 2016-17 school year.  The Disston Elementary School family works diligently to promote greater student achievement for all students.  Again, our primary focus will be to prepare your child for the next level in their educational pursuit.    


Communication between home and school is a key element in our school’s success.  Please take advantage of the many communication systems we have in place so that you may stay informed. Our school website will be regularly updated, including important dates, school events and even academic supports to aid your child at home.


This year, we kick off our 93rd year of academic excellence. With continued family partnerships and parental support, we will build more than just students, but scholars who will be college bound and career ready.


Educationally Yours,

Kári D. Hill, Principal

Robin J. Jackson, Assistant Principal 




Points of Pride

  • 2016 Eagles Playground Build School Site
  • Monthly College Shirt Days
  • HYPE Student Council
  • F.A.V.O.R. (Faces and Voices of Reason) Mentoring Program for Girls (Grades 7 and 8)
  • BMe Mentoring Program for Boys (Grades 3 through 8)
  • Culture Fest
  • Student Government
  • National Elementary Honor Society (Grades 3 through 5)
  • National Junior Honor Society (Grades 6 through 8)
  • Peer Mediators
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Penn Relays
  • Outstanding academic opportunity
  • Safe Environment
  • Many Sports activities including Field Hockey
  • Middle Years Sports - Winter:  Basketball (girls & boys); Spring:  Track & Field (coed)
  • Dance, Music, and Drama
  • Cultural Endeavors
  • Diverse clubs and organizations including Scrabble, Floor Hockey
  • GIRLS ON THE RUN (Special female empowerment program leading to a 5K Run/Walk ~ paid program with scholarships available)
  • Project PRIDE
  • Tie Tuesdays

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 The Historic Hamilton Disston Elementary School
established in 1923 

General Announcements

  • End of Year Family Letter
  • Welcome Back, Grades 1-8: September 5, 2017
  • Welcome Class of 2030! (Kindergarten starts 9/12/17)
  • Your Student Supply Lists for September 2017
  • Weekly Reminders and School Calendars are located on our News and Events tab
  • Please see our School Calander for Breakfast, Lunch menus and upcoming events under the News and Events tab.
  • Mentoring Program
  • Donuts with Dad
  • Thank you for your continuing support in bringing students to school on time and in uniform. Please remember that the students must be in line by 8:25 a.m.
  • It is important to the success of our educational program that each student completes homework assignments every night.
  • It is important that your child knows how they are getting home in the afternoon. Please send a note to the teacher if there will be a change in dismissal plans.
    • "Grab & Go Breakfast" begins at 8:00 a.m. in our cafeteria.  In inclement weather, breakfast will be served in the cafeteria beginning at 8:00 a.m.
    • Lunches are served from 10:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. 
    • Both are free to all of our students.