Why I Chose Green Woods Charter: 2011-09-25 School Selection Report

This is a snapshot of one parent’€™s school choice. You can read other parent testimonials and help other parents. Take five minutes to complete an anonymous survey to tell PSS and our readers about your school choice!

What school did you decide on? Green Woods Charter School

Calendar year your child entered 2011

Grade your child entered K

What neighborhood are you in? NW Philly

What schools did you consider? Greene Street Friends, Project Learn, Houston, Henry, Jenks, Powel, Independence Charter

What factors were most important to you? Public Eduction, Diversity, safety

What first attracted you to the school? The setting

What were the critical factors that led to your choice?  In the end, we got ZERO from the SDP voluntary transfer program and our local catchment school was not an option for us…making the choice between private and charter.  I am a product of public schools, the daughter of 2 public school teachers.  I really wanted public school to work.  So when we “hit the lottery” and got a spot at GWCS this was the next best thing.  Our son was excited about going to school in “the jungle” and we were excited that this guaranteed his younger brother a spot, saving untold $$ for college instead of grade school!

Did you relocate in order to choose this school? No

On the political spectrum, I consider myself to be  Democrat

Please share anything else about your experience I still have greater philosophical issues with GWCS.  Realizing that admission is a lottery process, the lottery itself and application process are far too complicated and non-transparent for my taste.  Further, I think they could do a far better job with outreach to increase diversity.  Many demographics are simply unable to apply to GWCS given the inaccessibility to the school itself by public transit as well as the convoluted process to even obtain an application.  This does really bother me and it is my hope that as a parent I can work from within to make some relatively easy changes in these areas.

That said, my son is doing fantastic.  He is well above his grade level in math and reading, but far from bored and really exploring things and issues I never thought about in kindergarten!

This is a snapshot of one parent’s school choice. You can read other parent testimonials and 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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