Scrabble

ASAP Scrabble celebrates teamwork and inspires joy for wordplay.

With more than 1,100 students playing in 85 clubs, ASAP Scrabble is the largest program of its kind in the country. A great complement to classroom learning, Scrabble reinforces students’ reading, vocabulary, dictionary and math skills, while also teaching important lessons about teamwork and sportsmanship.

ASAP Scrabble provides equipment, training, and other resources to help schools, libraries, recreation centers, and community sites run after school and summer Scrabble clubs. Through weekly play, citywide tournaments and family-friendly events, ASAP Scrabble fosters a community of young wordsmiths eager to test their skills alongside like-minded peers.

If you are a youth or a parent/guardian of a student in Philadelphia who is interested in playing Scrabble after school or in the summer, click this map to find an ASAP Scrabble club near you. Or to learn more, contact scrabble@phillyasap.org or call 215-545-2727 ext 13.

If you want to start an ASAP Scrabble club at your school or site, click here to learn more.

ASAP provides its club leaders with training, equipment, and resources to run fun and engaging Scrabble clubs.

If you are a teacher, school administrator, site staff, parent or student looking to start an ASAP Scrabble club at your location, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering to support an ASAP Scrabble club, click here.

From October through February, ASAP runs the Philadelphia Scholastic Scrabble League with more than 130 students competing in novice, intermediate, and advanced divisions. The Scrabble League is open to Philadelphia public and charter schools and transportation is provided to after school matches for elementary and middle school teams. To join ASAP’s Philadelphia Scholastic Scrabble League, please contact Caroline Henley at chenley@phillyasap.org or call 215.545.2727 ext. 13.

For the current Scrabble League standings, please click the links below.

ASAP Scrabble hosts events throughout the year to boost students’ Scrabble skills and reading abilities, including Scrabble 101 in November, the Winter Classic in January, Spring into Scrabble in March, and Keep Calm & Scrabble On in May. At most events, students in grades 3-12 pair up to compete and share their love of the game. ASAP Scrabble events also offer fun opportunities for early readers (grades K-2) such as Scrabble SLAM and interactive read-alouds. Check out our calendar for upcoming events.

Our players in action

Through year-round programming, ASAP Scrabble helps students discover new words and new friends

“After school, they could be anywhere. But these are middle school kids saying: I want to be a part of THIS.” – Kelly Andrews, ASAP Scrabble Coach, AMY Northwest
“A boy just yelled for me to come because he got a 39 point word. They’re calling my name. ‘Miss Dougherty, Miss Dougherty!’ They’re so proud.” – Jen Dougherty, guidance counselor, Wagner Middle School
Students gather around the Giant Scrabble Rug, forming new words as a team!
Philly Scrabble Mentor, Heather Jordan, assists younger Scrabble enthusiasts in Scrabble SLAM games at Scrabble 101.

Want to discover more about ASAP’s programs? Click here to learn about ASAP Chess, ASAP Debate, and ASAP Drama.