HENRY CHARLES W SCHOOL

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601 CARPENTER LN
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19119
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Phone: 215-951-4006
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Philadelphia City School District
  • Students/Teacher: 13:1
  • Students/Grade: 47.2
  • Number Students: 425
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 55874
  • Poverty Level: 30 PERCENT OR MORE
  • Number Computers: 100
  • Principal: Ms Fatima Rogers
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (24 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (23 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-14
    "We are having a good experience with our oldest in Kindergarten this year. Music, art, gym and computer are the "specials", and the terrific bonus of a Playworks instructor for recess. The focus is definitely on academics, but the teachers make it fun--with interactive lessons, and free choice time in the afternoon. There is an organic garden that the kids have fun planting and maintaining (and tasting!). This year, there has been a "kinderstrings" program (violin classes), plus an African dance residency just for the kindergarteners. A huge plus for kindergarten is that the 2 kindergarten classrooms have en suite bathrooms, plus outside access to their very "own" kindergarten playground. Principal Rogers welcomes parents to budget meetings and is very responsive to any concerns. Plus, the active PTA is a huge asset for the school. The downsides are the ongoing budget issues, nurse only 2 days/wk, and large classes (although there are aides), and aging building. The school, PTA along with Mt Airy USA are working to get the older kids playground a massive facelift very soon so that should help the look of things a bit!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-15
    "We ve had a very good experience with Kindergarten this year. Our oldest is thriving in the classroom, with a strong curriculum and excellent teacher. The focus is on fundamentals (particularly reading and math) but also includes science, social studies, art, music, computers, and PE each week. Class sizes can be large (the two K classes are at 30) but Henry augments with aides and student teachers. There is a sizeable and active contingent of parents, with an active PTA and several other contributing groups in the community. The main drawbacks for us involve facilities and the challenges that trickle down from being part of the PSD. The buildings and grounds are less than lovely, and don t receive enough maintenance and upkeep. The annual budget dysfunction within the district can make each summer nerve-wracking for both faculty and parents. We understand that the public model (at least in Philly) doesn't work as well for everyone, and no school is a good fit for every kid. But we're confident that our children are getting a sound education at a good neighborhood school. All in all, we're very happy with the decision we made to send our kids to Henry."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-19
    "My two children attend Henry, our neighborhood school. We have been very fortunate to have wonderful teachers who go above and beyond the required curriculum to engage the students. While it's a challenge to be part of the PSD, there is a lot of parent involvement within the school and support from the neighborhood community. There are high expectations for the children attending Henry in terms of learning, behavior, and attendance which are easily attained with parental involvement. I did not give the highest ratings because there is always room for improvement."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-19
    "My daughter is in 2nd grade and has been at Henry since kindergarten. So far we have had nothing but good experiences. Her teachers have been great, and she has excelled in her reading, writing, and math skills. The music teacher is fabulous - kids and parents all love her. They also have art, computers, and Spanish in addition to gym and Playworks. The older grades have an instrumental music program too. We moved to West Mt. Airy specifically for this school, and it was a great decision!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-01
    "I feel very lucky to have Henry as our public school. Our son is having a great experience there, and we know that he's getting an excellent education. Our daughter was accepted into Masterman after attending Henry for five years."
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