Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

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Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
8301 Germantown Ave.

Coordinates40°04′30″N 75°12′12″W / 40.0749°N 75.2032°W / 40.0749; -75.2032Coordinates: 40°04′30″N 75°12′12″W / 40.0749°N 75.2032°W / 40.0749; -75.2032
PrincipalMary Lynskey
Color(s)blue and white
AffiliationSchool District of Philadelphia
John Story Jenks School
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is located in Philadelphia
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is located in Pennsylvania
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is located in the United States
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
Built byCramp & Co.
ArchitectIrwin T. Catharine
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference #88002286[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 18, 1988

Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is a public K-8 school in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is part of the School District of Philadelphia. Jenks serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade and has a student population of about 600. There are two classes in each grade as well as specialized programs for life skills, inclusion/learning support and gifted support. Jenks students are required to wear school uniforms.[2]


The school from Germantown Avenue

The school was built in 1922 as the John Story Jenks School. It was built in Tudor Revival/Late Gothic Revival style and designed by Irwin T. Catherine, longtime architect for the school district. The building is yellow brick and is relatively ornate with a parapet and stylized Flemish gable at the top of the building. It was designed by architect Irwin T. Catharine and was built by Cramp & Co.. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

Jenks was named after John Story Jenks, the merchant, of Randolph and Jenks, who was also a director of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia Trust Company, Western Savings Fund, Western National Bank and the Insurance Company of North America. His home, Inglewood Cottage, designed by Cope & Stewardson, is also located in Chestnut Hill.

In 2014, the school was renamed to the Jenks Academy for Arts and Sciences. The change came because of an increased focus on the STEM fields.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder patterns[edit]

Residents zoned to Jenks are zoned to Roxborough High School.[5]

Residents zoned to Jenks were zoned to Germantown High School prior to Germantown's closure.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ J. S. Jenks policies
  3. ^ Dicciani, Kevin (August 13, 2014). "Jenks to reopen with a new name". Chestnut Hill Local. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Pazulski, Kristin (2007-01-25). "Miss Pennsylvania comes home to J.S. Jenks". The Chestnut Hill Local. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  5. ^ "High School Directory Fall 2017 Admissions" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. p. 57/70. Retrieved on November 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "A Directory of High Schools for 2009 Admissions" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. Accessed November 6, 2008.
  7. ^ "Germantown High School Geographic Boundaries" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. Retrieved on November 29, 2015.

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