Why I Chose Cook-Wissahickon: 2011-10-26 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? Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

Calendar year your child entered 2009

Grade your child entered K

What neighborhood are you in? NW Philly

What schools did you consider? Cook-Wissahickon ES

What factors were most important to you? Tuition, Location, Reputation, Teaching Philosophy, Public Eduction, School Performance (test scores, success of graduates), Teacher Quality, Principal Quality, Diversity, Special Programs (language immersion, music, etc.)

What first attracted you to the school? This is our local, neighborhood public school.  Affordable?  You bet.  Local?  We can walk there.

What were the critical factors that led to your choice? It has a phenomenal teaching staff and parent community, high student achievement, wonderful kids, an after-school clubs program run by parents, and true diversity in the racial and socio-economic composition of the student body (not to mention that it also welcomes students with learning disabilities and special needs).  Not only do we feel like our kids are getting strong individual educations; by being part of this school community, we are creating a stronger neighborhood, city, and democratic culture.  Invest in our city’s public schools–send your children there–and you will reap public as well as individual/family rewards.

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 Spend time in your local public school’s classrooms.  Visit and sit in for a while in at least one classroom–and peek in several classrooms, walk down the hall, observe the dynamic between children and adults as well as interactions among children.  Instead of being put off by hearsay and generalizations about Philadelphia public schools, get a real feel for your local options.

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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