Why I Chose J.S. Jenks Elementary: 2011-03-01 School Selection Report

This is one parent’s opinion on why they chose JS Jenks. Help other parents–take five minutes to complete an anonymous survey to tell PSS and our readers about your school choice!

Date Submitted: 4/1/2011

What school did you decide on? John Story Jenks

Calendar year your child entered 2009

Grade your child entered Kindergarten

What neighborhood are you in? NW Philly

What schools did you consider? C.W. Henry, Suburban Public Schools if we moved.

What factors were most important to you? Tuition, Location, Reputation, Public Eduction, School Performance (test scores, success of graduates), Teacher Quality, Principal Quality, Diversity

What first attracted you to the school? I was interested because it was my neighborhood public school; walkability

What were the critical factors that led to your choice? I struggled with school choice – I wanted to utilize my local public school, but  didn’t know anyone there at the time I began looking.  Once I met parents who attended the school and talked with them, visited the school and met the principal/teachers I became very comfortable there.  I loved the small, neighborhood feel to the school and the enthusiasm of the teachers and administration.  I liked that the principal has a long term vision for the school and works with parents to improve the school.  I liked that my child would have an urban public school experience at a school with alot of socioeconomic and racial diversity.

Did you relocate in order to choose this school? No

On the political spectrum, I consider myself to be Liberal

Please share anything else about your experience Public school, particularly in an urban district like Philadelphia, has ample bureaucracy, budget and space woes, etc..  But overall our experience thus far has been rewarding and enriching, both for my son and for me.  He is thriving at Jenks and I can’t imagine he would be better served academically anywhere else, public or private.

My advice: don’t dismiss your neighborhood public school without researching it yourself first. Visit the school, talk to parents, see for yourself, you may be pleasantly surprised.

This is one parent’s opinion on why they chose JS Jenks. Help other parents–take five minutes to complete an anonymous survey to tell PSS and our readers about your school choice!

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