Date Submitted: 1/17/2011
What school did you decide on? Friends Select School
Calendar year your child entered/will enter 2008
Grade your child entered/will enter K
What neighborhood are you in? South Philly
What schools did you consider? Independence Charter School, Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School, Russell Byers Charter School, Bache Martin
What factors were most important to you? Location, Teaching Philosophy, Special Programs (language immersion, music, etc.)
What first attracted you to the school? It is in a good location for us, with a good program and reputation.
Did you relocate in order to choose this school? No
On the political spectrum, I consider myself to be moderate
Please share anything else about your experience My oldest was also accepted to Independence Charter School, and it was a difficult choice. There were two things that really influenced my choice. First, I tried to figure out which learning environment would best fit my son’s personality and learning style. Friends Select seemed to offer more focus on socialization and the possibility of more individualized attention. The second big factor for our family was the level of financial aid available to us. After my son started attending, I realized that I was very grateful for some elements I hadn’t considered: plenty of opportunities for movement and activity (recess, PE, and good space for both), and emphasis on in-class learning rather than homework in early grades.