About Us

Russell H. Conwell Middle Magnet School (“Conwell”) is named for the founder of Temple University.

Located in the Kensington section of the city, Conwell was the first magnet middle school opened in Philadelphia, and one of just a few magnet programs for students in grades 5-8.  Conwell is designed to meet the individual needs of pre-adolescents in an integrated setting with a challenging middle school program.


In addition to Middle Years teachers for English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, Conwell has certified staff that specializes in Health & Physical Education, Reading, Music (Vocal & Instrumental), Visual Arts, ESOL, Special Education, and a full-time school counselor and nurse.


Students typically enter Conwell in Grade 5.  However, there are limited admissions in grades 6, 7, and 8.  The goal of student selection is to ensure a diverse and multicultural, desegregated student population.  A committee of administrators, teachers, and staff at the school determines who is admitted.