John Wister Elementary

Ms. Donna Smith

67 E. Bringhurst St.
Philadelphia PA 19144
Phone: 215-951-4003

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

John Wister Elementary School

Message from the Principal


As you travel through our web site, you will learn about the many exciting things happening at Wister School.  The Wister staff is eager to greet your children each day to help prepare them academically, emotionally and socially for their future endeavors.  We believe that all children can become proficient learners,  and as a result we provide a multitude of opportunities, including but not limited to:

  • A remodeled library complete with new books, technology and other materials
  • A recently updated Science Lab with new equipment for science experiments and explorations
  • Differentiated instruction in all classrooms
  • New technology in many classrooms
  • School Based Behavioral Health Program
  • Consultation and Education Services through Devereux
  • Class visits to Grumblethorpe, John Wister’s home, for additional hands on science and social studies opportunities centering around the history of Germantown




Principal Donna Smith 


Points of Pride


At Wister, we are very proud of our art program, our schoolwide technology initiatives, and Bright Futures, our wonderful Pre-K program. Please visit the pages dedicated to