Why I Chose McCall: 2011-10-13 School Selection Report

McCall Mosaic

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!

Date Submitted: 10/13/2011

What school did you decide on? McCall

Calendar year your child entered/will enter 2010

Grade your child entered/will enter kindergarten

What neighborhood are you in? Center City

What schools did you consider? Independence Charter, Meredith

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

What first attracted you to the school? I knew McCall had a strong academic reputation and I really liked that it had a strong neighborhood feeling – almost all the students live in the neighborhood.  I was also drawn to the respect the school pays to the fact that over 60% of its students come from Chinatown – incorporating aspects of Chinese culture and language into the curriculum.  I liked the idea of my children being exposed to different cultures including non-native English speakers.

What were the critical factors that led to your choice?  PSSA scores, high praise from other parents for the teaching staff (praise I now share), a highly visible and engaged principal, touring the school (order in the hallways, active participation in the classrooms), and the diversity of the student body.

Did you relocate in order to choose this school? Yes

On the political spectrum, I consider myself to be  liberal

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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