George W. Nebinger School

Philadelphia Neighborhoods has been offered an opportunity to document a year in the life of an elementary school in the city.

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: George W. Nebinger Elementary School Survives

South Philadelphia: George W. Nebinger Elementary School Survives

For George W. Nebinger School, Nov. 2 stood as a significant tick on the school’s timeline. That day, the School District of Philadelphia announced it would close nine schools in an effort to alleviate a persistent problem: excess seats, which the district estimates to be slightly more than 70,000. Parents, students and those affected by […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Preschool Meets Play Time

South Philadelphia: Preschool Meets Play Time

In her Bright Futures classroom, Tara Matise danced fast and slow danced to accomplish her lesson plan: teaching a group of 3- and 4-year-olds the meaning of opposite. “I’ve taught preschool for the past five years,” Matise said, “and I don’t know if I’d be able to sit with a calm class in the older […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: New Classrooms for Students

South Philadelphia: New Classrooms for Students

The fourth floor of George W. Nebinger School used to bustle with energy from sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, but this past Monday, the floor was mostly vacant. With the exception of two carpenters, the emptiness of the hallways made it seem like Thanksgiving break had come a week early. Currently under construction, four classrooms on […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Principal Leadership

South Philadelphia: Principal Leadership

Dr. Ralph Burnley is no stranger to leadership within the School District of Philadelphia. Before becoming principal at George W. Nebinger School, Burnley already did his fair share of shuffling about the school district. From teaching to administration, Burnley became the interim regional superintendent in South Philadelphia before ending up at Nebinger, where he is […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: School Faces Possible Closure

South Philadelphia: School Faces Possible Closure

By next year, four brand new smart classrooms and a science room at George W. Nebinger School could be empty along with a freshly done library. As part of a planned new playground, newly laid grass could go on to be untouched by Nebinger students. Today, the School District of Philadelphia will release a draft […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Eighth-Grade Project Explores Bullying

South Philadelphia: Eighth-Grade Project Explores Bullying

Fresh from being outside in the fall air, eighth graders filed into the George W. Nebinger auditorium Monday morning to meet with their principal, Dr. Ralph Burnley. With less than a year left before heading to high school, the students and Burnley met to discuss their final service-learning projects. Aimed to address bullying, the students […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Music in the Classroom

South Philadelphia: Music in the Classroom

Room 107 of George W. Nebinger School almost always brims with noise – and last Wednesday was no different. “Great big house in New Orleans, 40 stories high,” a group of students sang, their pitches and enthusiasm levels varied. “Every room that I been in’s filled with pumpkin pie.” A few stray eyes diverted their […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Lone Lunch Lady Facilitates Feeding Frenzy

South Philadelphia: Lone Lunch Lady Facilitates Feeding Frenzy

Cora Ceniza devours Filipino fish dishes. Her students grin at the sight of meatballs and hot dogs. Needless to say, Ceniza’s tastes are a little different than the first through eighth graders at George W. Nebinger School, where Ceniza serves as the lone lunch lady. Ceniza arrives at Nebinger every morning at 6:30 to meet […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Speech Therapist’s Experience Drives Classroom

South Philadelphia: Speech Therapist’s Experience Drives Classroom

A few weeks ago, Elena Flagiello saw an old student while on the street. Flagiello, a speech therapist for the School District of Philadelphia, waved her hand to say hello, but the female student didn’t recognize her. Flagiello began to remind her. “I said, ‘Remember, it’s Miss Fla-,’ and she said, ‘Miss Flagiello from Nebinger!” […]

 By Ashley Hall and Ashley Nguyen

South Philadelphia: Autistic Support Classrooms Prosper

South Philadelphia: Autistic Support Classrooms Prosper

Deborah Fisher taught George W. Nebinger’s first and only autistic support classroom 22 years ago. Since autism wasn’t understood as well as it is today, few doctors offered the diagnosis. There were only three children in Fisher’s class. Today, almost the entire second floor is dedicated to learning support at Nebinger. Four classrooms are specifically […]