Why I Chose Henry Lea Elementary: 2011-05-13 School Selection Report

This is a snapshot of one parent’s school choice. Help other parents–take five minutes to complete an anonymous survey to tell PSS and our readers about your school choice!

Date Submitted: 5/13/2011

What school did you decide on? Henry C. Lea

Calendar year your child entered/will enter 2009 – 2010

Grade your child entered/will enter 1st

What neighborhood are you in? West Philly

What schools did you consider? Joseph Catherine  –   West Philadelphia Achievement Charter – Southwest Leadership Academy –  Penn Alexander

What factors were most important to you? Public Eduction, Teacher Quality

What first attracted you to the school? I heard about the 1st first grade teacher, Mrs. Clarke, and wanted my son to taught by the best, so I decided to send him to Lea.

What were the critical factors that led to your choice? Teaching excellence.  I can work with other parents to help improve any other areas.

Did you relocate in order to choose this school? No

On the political spectrum, I consider myself to be Independent

Please share anything else about your experience I wanted my child to experience other cultures, and to be part of the good things that happen when a school is supported by parents.  I saw that Lea had the foundation of great teachers, so I decided to dedicate time to improve other areas.  I joined Garden Court Community Association’s Education Committee, Parents in Action – through The Enterprise Center, and West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools.  I also became the Home and School President, and partnered with the afterschool Director Sterling Baltimore to build a Media Lab and volunteered for his many other programs.  I also partnered with the Parent Ombudsman, Anthony Brown, to bring the USTA “Quick Start Tennis” program to Lea, supported by Shelah Chao of Racquets Serving Hope, Inc.  I also help in his Socialized Recess Initiative, supported by Dr. Mary Summers at Penn.  I helped supported Yvette Almaguer M.Ed, and John Try, (Art and Imagination Teacher), with their Visual Arts program designed to change the look of the school using paint and other beautification projects.  There are so many good things that I see happening I wanted to be part of the development of a great school.

This is a snapshot of one parent’s school choice. 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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