Cheltenham Township is a diverse, suburban community in Montgomery County, PA, which sits on the northwest border of the city of Philadelphia in the heart of the Northern Greater Philadelphia region. The township encompasses the communities of Glenside, Laverock, Edge Hill, Wyncote, Cedarbrook, Chelten Hills, La Mott, Elkins Park, Melrose Park, and Cheltenham Village and celebrates a proud history as a stop on the Underground Railroad and as the home of Camp William Penn. Although comparatively small, Cheltenham Township is rich in diversity, acting as a microcosm of our country, full of people of different racial, religious, social, and economic backgrounds.
Cheltenham School District serves a population of nearly 37,000 residents in a 9 square mile area. Like the Township, the School District is highly diverse with an ethnic student body population consisting of 53% African American, 35% Caucasian, 7% Asian, 4% Hispanic, and 1% other races. The District operates four K-4 elementary schools, one 5-6 elementary school, one 7-8 middle school, and one high school, serving approximately 4,700 students. The District is fully inclusive and offers a broad range of Special Education services. Having a record of high academic accomplishments, Cheltenham School District was described by the U.S. Department of Education in 1998 as being, “a shining example of what’s right with education.” Years later, the District still lives up to the U.S. Department of Education’s description, with its high school offering the largest number of Advanced Placement courses in Montgomery County.