Principal: Leah McComsey
Faculty: 42 Professional Staff; 83% with a Masters Degree or higher


Approximately 400 students in grades 1-5 in 2021-2022

Bancroft Elementary School is a first through fifth grade school located in Chester County, 25 miles southwest of Philadelphia and 15 miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware.

Elementary School Years

The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school self, peers, social groups, and family.

Elementary teachers play a vital role in the development process. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves and the world and can affect their later success or failure in school, work, and their personal lives.

Student Services

Student services at all of the Kennett Consolidated School District’s elementary schools include guidance, nurse, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing, speech, instructional support, reading support, English as a Second Language, special education, and academically talented.


Each of the Kennett Consolidated School District’s three elementary schools follows a standards-based curriculum in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Core goals and curriculum maps have been developed for all subject areas and are available at Additionally, elementary students receive instruction in music, media studies/Spanish, art, physical education, and health weekly. All teachers utilize a variety of instructional strategies to address the needs of our diverse student population.

Curriculum Materials:

ELA- Fountas & Pinnell

Math- Math in Focus

Science- National Geographic

Building a Community

The teachers in Bancroft have been trained in the Responsive Classroom approach to Elementary Education. Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. It is comprised of a set of research, and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.