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Spruce Hill / K-5

untitled-39We like to envision our Spruce Hill campus as a “college-preparatory elementary school.” Beginning with our youngest children, students are taught to love their lifelong pursuit of learning. Elementary students are creative, curious and inquisitive: we embrace their natural love for knowledge and help them understand learning in the context of a well-rounded Christian education. Our strong academic program is complemented by an innovative emphasis on the arts, and every subject is seen as an opportunity to explore how God works in our world. Small class sizes and nurturing teachers ensure each child is given the one-on-one attention they need to discover their academic potential.

Our elementary campus is located in the idyllic Spruce Hill neighborhood. This provides a safe, nurturing environment for our youngest students to flourish. We take advantage of many neighborhood opportunities, such as field trips to the Penn Police Department and treks to the beautiful Clark Park, just one block from campus.

The City School at Spruce Hill serves children age kindergarten through grade 5.


Becca Brown

Becca Brown

Kindergarten Co Teacher


Joined The City School family:

  • B.S., Northern International University

“I love the casual environment that the Morning and Afternoon Care positions offer to have conversations with students about life, Jesus, and the gospel. I love working with staff who are committed to Jesus.”

Becca lives in West Philly with her husband and three little girls. She enjoys playing instruments, drama, and taking walks with her family.

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Elaine Hannan

Elaine Hannan

Spruce Hill Principal


Joined The City School family:

  • A.A., Union County College
  • B.S., Houghton College

“As a principal, it is my desire to support teachers as they work with their students. It is my goal to develop partnerships with parents so that, by working together, we can see children grow and mature—academically, emotionally, socially, and in relationship with Christ. God has fearfully and wonderfully made each student, and I love to see students using the individual gifts that He has given them as they learn.”

Elaine lives in Philadelphia, about six blocks only from the City School! She enjoys traveling in her free time—and has been to forty-three of fifty states, along with walking where Jesus walked in Israel. She also hosts international students, and most recently has had students from Japan, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South Korea as they study English.


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Mildred Bazemore

Mildred Bazemore

Aftercare Director

  • C.B.S., Palmer Seminary

“I see my work at The City School as an extension of my ministry. I love children. I love working with them–I love doing arts and crafts, helping with homework, and watching students have fun on the playground. I am grateful that God put me in this position to watch our children grow and play a role in helping them become the people he is calling them to be.”

Mildred–Ms. B, as she’s known–is passionate about studying Scripture and has given most of her life to ministry. She is also a longtime block captain in her neighborhood and is concerned with preserving the peace and beauty of our city.

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Cheyanne Drews

Cheyanne Drews

Computer/PE Teacher


Joined The City School family:

“I like encouraging kids to be confident in themselves. I want them to embrace who they are understand all the potential living inside them. For me, it’s so fun to help them uncover that and learn to love themselves for who they are.”

Cheyanne is was born and raised on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Reservation in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Her favorite book is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which she describes as, “a story of renewal about a creature who longs to be loved by his creator.” Cheyanne lives in Kensington with a cat named Cat and is an activist for racial reconciliation.

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Ashley Fornwalt

Ashley Fornwalt

Academic Support Coordinator


Joined The City School family:

  • B.S., Philadelphia Biblical University

“I am passionate about children and our work at the city school because it is what I believe God has called me to. Seeing the impact I can have on the development of the whole child—spiritually, physically, emotionally, academically—gives me goose bumps.  As I grow, I am always getting a clearer picture of how God views us and invests in our growth and development. I view my job as an extension of God’s love and care for each child.”

Ashley lives with her husband and one-year-old son. She enjoys camping, gardening, and “attempting craft projects.”

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Jean Marie Staico

Jean Marie Staico

Office Manager and Admissions Processor


Joined The City School family:

“The Lord has blessed me to serve the students and parents of the City School by keeping the day-to-day operations at Spruce Hill flowing efficiently. Aside from the administrative paperwork, I look forward to meeting prospective students and their parents for the first time during their pre-admission interviews. My Office Manager position also doubles as a caretaker. I make sure each child is safely placed on the school bus, fix the occasional boo-boo from the playground, and even listen and pray with students who are having a bad day. It is a joy to witness the Lord transforming the hearts of children. Each heart is a little light that forms our school and allows it to shine bright in this big city.”

Jean Marie lives in Delaware County with her husband, two children, and a tabby cat named Sunny J. As our students will tell you, she enjoys baseball and loves the Phillies!

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Noel Terrell

Noel Terrell

Music Teacher


Joined The City School family:

“Music is more than notes and harmony–it’s a way of unleashing your emotions. Music moves people. It brings us together. It glorifies God. My dream is to share the power of music with my students.”

Noel has served as a Musical Director and keyboardist for diverse musical acts like Pharrell Williams, Meek Mill, and Jill Scott. He also toured Europe with British hip-hop/r&b duo Floetry and currently performs with his contemporary Christian band, The Browne Boyz. Noel is happily married and has two sons, Roman and Lincoln.

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Rebekah Williams

Rebekah Williams

Office Assistant


Joined The City School family:

“I am truly blessed and thankful to God that he has placed me in such a wonderful place. I have the great privilege of working side by side with such loving and caring people. It is a blessing to know The City School students and their parents. Working here is incredibly satisfying, rich, and rewarding.”

Rebekah grew up in Dallas and Wichita, Texas, and she currently lives in Delaware County. She loves creating beautiful weddings and other special events. Rebekah enjoys spending time with her family and looks forward to church service on Sundays.

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Diamoni Jones

Diamoni Jones

Kindergarten Co Teacher


Joined The City School family:

“This is my first year with The City School and my passion to work here is the level of spirit that flows within the walls. You can definitely feel God’s presence around every corner, and it just makes the working and learning)environment all the more pleasant to be in. There is something about being surrounded by people that share your beliefs that just fills you with infinite joy.

Every teacher that works for The City School was called here by God’s grace for a specific purpose. That is what sets our school apart from any other. ”

Diamoni grew up in Philadelphia and currently lives in Sharon Hill. She continues to love all things Philly—from our cheesesteaks and soft pretzels to our sports teams. Her current favorite book is “The God You May Not Know” by David Jeremiah.

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Donna Cammarata

Donna Cammarata

First Grade and Lead Teacher


Joined The City School family:

  • B.S., Temple University

“As a first grade teacher, my primary job is to teach the foundations that will become the building blocks for future learning. I also love to teach children who God is and to help them discover his glory through all subject areas. What students learn as first graders shapes the way they see the world throughout their lives, so I am honored to invest in these formative years.”

Donna is a proud native Philadelphian. She has a husband, three grown children, and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, camping, and the Phillies.

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Kimberly Morton

Kimberly Morton

First Grade


Joined The City School family:

  • B.A., West Chester University

“This is my first year at The City School and first year as a teacher. I love the inviting and peaceful environment that this school offers. I also enjoy working at a place where God is at the center, where we can bring honor to Him in all that we do. I am passionate about helping students achieve their greatest potential.

First grade is my favorite because it is always a year of great growth for the students. I also love the first grade students’ eager spirits to learn new concepts, have fun in challenges, and make new relationships along the way! I am so excited to be apart of this team at Spruce Hill and I am looking forward to a great year!”

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Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez

Fifth Grade Teacher


Joined The City School family:

  • B.A., Rutges University
  • M.Ed., John Hopkins University

“I love teaching at Spruce Hill and seeing students growing spiritually as well as academically in a safe environment.

Every child in this school is special, and I take it very seriously I am responsible for training their minds and ministering to their hearts. They are the future and if we want this city to change, we must impact the younger generation.”

Affectionally known as “Mr. C.R.,” Juan lives in West Philadelphia on the border of Overbrook., with his wife Kateland and dog Willow. He is the proud uncle of seven nieces and enjoys playing video games, watching sports, traveling with his wife, and is actively involved with his local church


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Academic Support

Every child should find joy in learning. One thing I love about The City School is that we open our doors to such a beautiful diversity of students. Our kids span the spectrums of race and ethnicity, economic background, faith traditions, and academic abilities. We have no desire to be an elite school open only to the extremely gifted. The City School is a place where students are challenged where they excel and given special care where they struggle. The end result of this approach to education is that students at all levels can learn together as peers, friends, and equals.

My job is to partner with students who are struggling to keep pace academically. I am here to help students, as well as their teachers, identify learning challenges and develop plans to overcome them.

Over the past two years I have been working with the administration and other educators to pilot an academic support program to identify the specific needs of our struggling learners. Through this process, we have begun to use more specific data collection methods—benchmarks and screenings—and student tracking systems in order to set academic goals that will help close the achievement gap for our struggling learners.

The City School uses the Wilson programs: Fundations, Just Words, and Wilson Reading System because we have seen struggling learners acquire the skills they need to be successful students.

I am hopeful about the future of our academic support program, and I am committed to helping each student find joy in their lifelong pursuit of learning.


Ashley Fornwalt,
Academic Support Coordinator



Extra-Curricular Activities

Starting in third grade, students at The City School at Spruce Hill can begin participating in extra-curricular activities. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are welcome to join our Handbell/Chimes Choir which performs at special events throughout the academic year. 5th grade students are eligible to play on the middle school basketball and soccer teams.

Extended Day Program

Working parents can find assistance with child care in our early morning and late afternoon extended day program.


Morning: 7:30 am until school begins
Afternoon: After school until 6:00 pm


The Extended Day Program registration form can be downloaded here.

The cost is $4.00 per hour or portion of an hour.

Fitness For Life

Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon volunteers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fitness For Life program visit our Spruce Hill campus to teach students about the importance of living an active lifestyle. Volunteers engage the students with lessons on healthy living and by playing sports to show how fun exercise can be. Fitness For Life works to promote a culture of healthy living among children, volunteering their time at The City School at Spruce Hill.

"I like that my teachers are funny and that they smile and laugh. They make learning easier because they always want to help me."

Jasin, Grade 3

Student Information

Welcome to the Spruce Hill Student Information Page

All buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year in response to COVID-19. Check this page often for information and updates.

What’s on this page?

    • – Current School Calendar
    • – Google Classroom
    • – Student Expectations
    • – Class Dojo
    • – Online Resources
    • – Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Well-being resources

Current School Calendar:     

5/18: Meme Monday – Reenact your favorite internet meme and take a picture, video, or even make a GIF!

5/19: Team Tuesday – Show your support from home! Dress up in the gear or colors of your favorite team. It could be a team from sports, comic books, literature, etc.

5/20: Wacky Wednesday – Everyone dresses a little wacky at home. Wear your craziest, clashiest outfit, even appropriate pajamas, and send in a picture!

5/21: Throwback Thursday – Dress in an outfit from your favorite era prior to 2010. Find a way to show us your era in your submission!

5/22: School Swag Friday – We’re all in this together! Send in a picture of you rocking our school colors: blue and gold, or some TCS gear.

Upload Your Submissions Here!

Look for your submissions on TCS Social Media in the coming weeks! We’re excited to see your creativity, and look forward to your participation!

                                             The City School Swag – Click here!


Ask Jake
Let us know how we can pray for you and support you! Click here to submit your prayer requests and questions. (requests may be submitted anonymously if desired)



Google Classroom Email Summaries
Access to google classroom will allow you to see a summary of the same information as your student, such as  assignments, missed work, and more. Look for an email with the subject line “Get Google Classroom email summaries for <student name>”. Open the email and click “accept”.  A Gmail account is not required. Click here to view an example of the email.

Student Expectations
Students will complete work according to their teacher’s instructions and schedule guidelines.

Accessing Class Dojo 
Class Dojo is a communication app used by teachers to share learning updates and more. Reach out to your child’s teacher to be sure you are receiving all the latest updates and information for your child’s class.

Click this link to request your student’s NetClassroom Username and Password information.


Have Questions?

For Assignments: For questions about assignments, please reach out to your child’s teacher directly.

For navigation of documents: If you have trouble navigating online documents or have other technical questions, please feel free to reach out to the campus office manager: 
Ms. Rebekah Williams at rwilliams@cityschool.org

Online Learning Resources

We would love for you to take this time to explore learning that makes the most sense for your family. We have done the research to offer some of the best online resources that aligns with your child’s ongoing City School education. Click on the links, use what works and skip what doesn’t!

Reading/Writing (PK-12)
Khan Academy KidsPrek through 2nd
Khan AcademyWhat is Khan Academy? They offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.

      • ~ Khan Academy has a library of standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more.
      • ~ Students can practice skills with exercises, quizzes, and mastery challenges and get immediate feedback and support.
      • ~ Khan Academy is available in 40 languages. 
      • ~Students without laptops can access the Khan Academy website or use the Khan Academy app on smartphones.


Parent Resources

Daily Schedule with links

Resource Page
ReadWorksFREE reading content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Teachers, parents, and students never have to pay to access ReadWorks digitally or otherwise. All adults, no matter who they are, may create a digital class and assign reading content and curriculum to students for free. We have always believed that students deserve barrier-free access to the highest-quality reading materials and instruction, and that belief has only grown stronger during this crisis.


Reading/Writing (K-5)
Reading Eggs – Students should already have a TCS login they can continue to use at home
Storyline – Read-a-loud books and stories


Math (K-12)
Khan AcademyWhat is Khan Academy? We offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.
IXL Math practice skills for K-12


Math (K-5)
Prodigy Prodigy is a leveled math program.  Students are tested, leveled, and then progress at their own pace.   Third through fifth grade students at Spruce Hill have been using this for the past two years (as part of computer class) and have logins that they should already be using at home.
Math Blaster The goal at Math Blaster is clear: “Your success depends on your ability to use your brain and logic skills.” With an exciting theme featuring aliens and outer space, Math Blaster lets your students become intergalactic heroes based on their math operation and critical thinking skills. Registration is required, but the game itself is free. Be sure to check out the Teacher Section to find Math Blaster for the Classroom.


Computers (6-12)
Typing ClubFree account has a ton of capability. Watch typing lessons, practice, and store progress. Premium account (paid) not necessary to get full benefit of these typing lessons.
Code.orgBeginning coding program (Grades 6-8 already have login)


Science (K-12)
National Geographic KidsGames, videos, science projects, etc…
NASA Explore NASA’s online activities, e-books, podcasts and other content. The universe is waiting.


Fun Learning
Kahoot  – Fun and super competitive trivia game that you can play in small or large groups. Choose from already created games or create your own games. Needs setup by an adult.
GoNoodleWebsite to get kids up and moving
The Learning StationEnergizing kinesthetic brain breaks to use in between learning times


Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Well Being

From Jessica Scott, City School Student Care Director:

     Hello, I wanted to connect with you all to offer my support and care during this time. You’ll see my phone number listed below. Feel free to reach out via email, phone or text. You can reach out to ask questions, vent, voice frustrations, anything that would be helpful to take some of the burden off.
     This season can produce a lot of stress, anxiety and frustration. This is all normal, but we do not need to bear it alone. We are the body of Christ, we bear each other’s burdens.
     Trying to teach our children at home can produce a lot of stress. You are doing an excellent job; I firmly believe we are all doing the best we can with the skills and resources we have.
     Below is a list of resources for self care, how to talk to about COVID-19, how to deal with homework frustration, as well as practical resources of where to receive meals, support and assistance.

Praying for all of you, and truly hoping to hear from you,

Jessica Scott, MEd
Student Care Director
(215) 693-6386, ext. 312

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/03/coronavirus-how-parents-should-talk-to-children-about-covid-19-and-other-tips-to-help-kids.html

Dealing with Homework Frustrationhttps://www.wikihow.mom/Deal-with-Homework-Frustration-As-a-Parent

Parenting During Crisishttps://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/202003/12-ways-effectively-parent-during-crisis-part-1

CDC Resources for Self Care, Managing Stress and Helping Children Cope:




Free Meal Options: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-city-and-district-provide-meals-activity-space-during-school-closures

Counseling and Mental Health Resources:



Open Rec Centers: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-16-50-recreation-centers-and-six-older-adult-centers-to-remain-open/


Spruce Hill Campus
4115 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104