Lead Safe Certification Program

Overview: Lead Safe Certification

The goal of the Lead Safe Certification Program is to reduce lead-based paint hazards in every school building and ensure that classrooms and other areas are free of paint chips, and lead-containing dust and debris on a daily basis and after every facilities, maintenance or capital project.

What you should know about the District’s Lead Safe Certification Program:

  • Student safety is out first priority!
  • Lead Safe Certification Assessments will be begin in all schools constructed prior to 1978, and other buildings deemed likely to contain lead-based paint.
  • Before a Lead Safe project begins in a school, Certified Lead Inspectors will assess the building to identify conditions of loose, peeling, flaking and crumbling paint and plaster.
  • Families and school communities will be notified at least 10 days prior to an assessment. Assessment results will be posted on this page (below) within 10 days of receipt.
  • The damage found as a result of the assessments will be managed and controlled by the school’s facilities staff until a Lead Safe repairs can be completed.
  • Lead Safe projects are completed and/or supervised by individuals who are trained and certified in United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting (RRP) work practices.
  • Facilities cleaning staff are trained in the District’s lead safe cleaning standards. Routine cleaning will take place in every school to ensure that schools are safe for students on a daily basis.

For more information about lead, please contact the Lead Prevention Unit of the Philadelphia Department of Health at (215) 685-2788 or visit phila.gov/health/childhoodlead.

Test Results: Please search for the most recent assessment results. Check back for letters as the results are continually being updated.

How to read the results: 

  • Click on a link below
  • Use the definitions to the right to interpret the information
  • *Note: Only schools that have been evaluated for a lead safe project have a link. If there is no link, that school has not been evaluated yet. Please check back often for updates.


  • Element = Some campuses have multiple buildings (main building, annex, little school house, etc.). Element denotes the structure that the information is referring to. The main building is typically denoted as “1”.
  • On-Site Room Name = The present day room label/number/assignment as observed the day of the evaluation.
  • Primary Component = The surface being described: W1, W2, W3, W4, Ceiling or Floor. W1, W2, W3, W4 refer to the door wall, left wall, front wall, and right wall respectively upon entering the room.
  • Substrate Material = The type of material underneath the painted surface.
  • Primary Component Damage Quantity (sf) = Total area, in square feet, of damaged paint on any assessed surface.
  • XRF Reading = Our consultants use X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) to test surfaces for lead presence.  This column shows the results of the XRF tests. The tests produce milligrams per square centimeter measurements.  In Philadelphia, the threshold for whether or not a surface is considered to contain lead presence is 0.7 mg/cm2.  Any reading above that threshold indicates lead presence and anything below indicates no lead presence.
  • Additional Component = Every painted surface in a space beyond the walls, including: doors, frames, rails, radiators, baseboards, window sills, etc.
Admin Rivera CenterCarino Head StartCatherine Annex Head StartFeltonville Head StartHarrington Annex
Hartranft Community CenterHaverford Center - Bright FuturesLudlow Community CenterMorton Annex (Our Lady of Loreto)Pratt Head Start
Trinidad Head StartWashington Pre-KWillard Annex
Alexander AdaireDr. Ethel AllenEthan AllenAdd B. AndersonChester A. Arthur
Arthur Annex
Bache-MartinJohn BarryBartonMary McLeod BethuneJames G. Blaine
Rudolph BlankenburgAmedee F. BregyBridesburgHenry A. BrownJoseph H. Brown
William C. BryantLaura H. CarnellLewis C. CassidyJoseph Catharine
Catharine Annex
George W. ChildsBenjamin B. ComegysWatson ComlyCook-WissahickonJay Cooke
William CrampKennedy C. CrossanAnna B. DayJ. DeBurgosStephen Decatur
William DickHamilton DisstonJames DobsonTanner DuckreyPaul L. Dunbar
Franklin S. EdmondsLewis ElkinElwoodEleanor C. EmlenLouis H. Farrell
D. Newlin FellFeltonville IntermediateThomas K. FinletterFitler Academics PlusA. L. Fitzpatrick
Edwin ForrestFox ChaseAnne FrankBenjamin FranklinEdward Gideon
Stephen GirardSamuel GompersJoseph GreenbergAlbert M. GreenfieldHoratio B. Hackett
Andrew HamiltonHancock DemonstrationAvery D. HarringtonJohn F. HartranftCharles W. Henry
Edward HestonThomas HolmeFrancis HopkinsonHenry H. HoustonJulia Ward Howe
William H. HunterAndrew JacksonJenks Academy Arts & SciencesAbram JenksJuniata Park Academy
Gen. Philip KearnyWilliam D. KelleyJohn B. KellyKendertonFrancis Scott Key
Eliza B. KirkbrideRobert E. LambertonHenry W. LawtonHenry C. LeaAnna L. Lingelbach
Alain LockeWilliam H. LoescheJames LoganWilliam C. LongstrethJames R. Lowell
James R. Ludlow
Ludlow Community Center
John MarshallThurgood MarshallMayfairGen. George A. McCall
Alexander K. McClureMorton McMichaelJohn F. McCloskeyDelaplaine McDanielWilliam McKinley
Gen, George G. MeadeWilliam M. MeredithThomas MifflinMitchellJohn Moffet
J. Hampton MooreRobert MorrisAndrew J. MorrisonThomas G. MortonHon. Luis Munoz-Marin
George W. NebingerOlney
Olney Annex
Overbrook Educational CenterOverbrookJohn M. Patterson
Thomas M. PeirceFollow-Up SamplingJospeh PennellSamuel PennypackerPenrose
Robert B. PollockPotter-ThomasSamuel PowelPrince HallRhawnhurst
James RhoadsRhodesRichmondRooseveltWilliam Rowen
George SharswoodShawmontIsaac A. SheppardPhilip H. SheridanSolomon Solis-Cohen
SouthwarkSpring GardenGilbert SpruanceEdwin M. StantonAllen M. Stearne
Edward SteelJames J. SullivanJohn H. TaggartBayard TaylorVare-Washington
Laura W. WaringMartha WashingtonJohn H. WebsterJohn WelshWidener Memorial
Frances E. WillardRichard R. WrightWilliam H. Ziegler
AMY 5 @ James MartinAMY NorthwestBaldiDimner BeeberRoberto Clemente
Russell ConwellFeltonville Arts & SciencesHancock Demo @ LaBrumWarren G. HardingAustin Meehan
MYA - Middle Years AltScience Leadership AcademyTildenGen. Louis WagnerGrover Washington Jr.
Woodrow Wilson
Academy @ PalumboArts Academy @ Benjamin RushJohn BartramWilliam W. BodineBuilding 21
CentralConstitutionCreative & Performing ArtsMurrell DobbinsThomas A. Edison
Engineering & ScienceSamuel FelsFrankfordFranklin Learning CenterBenjamin Franklin
Horace FurnessGirard Academic Music ProgramPhila. HS for GirlsHigh School of the FutureHill-Freedman World Academy
Kensington CAPAKensington Health SciencesKensingtonMartin Luther KingLankenau
Abraham LincolnJules E. MastbaumJulia R. MastermanMotivationNortheast
OverbrookParkway Center CityParkway WestParkway NorthwestPenn Treaty
Philadelphia Military AcademyPhiladelphia Virtual AcademyRandolph TechnicalPaul RobesonRoxborough
Walter B. SaulWilliam L. SayreScience Leadership Academy @ BeeberScience Leadership AcademySouth Philadelphia
Strawberry MansionSwenson Arts/TechThe LINCThe U SchoolThe Workshop School
George WashingtonWest Philadelphia

Paint & Plaster Stabilization

In addition to our Lead Safe Certification program, we also perform full paint and plaster stabilization projects at certain schools. Visit the Paint & Plaster Stabilization page for more information!