Mitchell Elementary school is a school with a fighting spirit. Located in Southwest Philadelphia, the most impoverished and overlooked part of the city, Mitchell, led by new Principal Stephanie Andrewlevich, has beaten the odds and pulled itself upwards towards excellence. The school has existed for just under a hundred years, during which it has suffered from abysmal government funding and inconsistent leadership. Because the district shut down schools in the recent past, a few years ago Mitchell expanded from a K-4 school to K-8.
Ms. Andrewlevich’s arrival in 2015 spelled the beginning of a new era for Mitchell. Under her guidance, teachers have gone to extreme lengths to secure funding for supplies for their students, the school was cleaned and repainted, and slowly the neighborhood families began to think of Mitchell as a community center and as a home.