Jenks is what a great public school should be. There is a core of great teachers with a very dedicated principle working to make the absolute best out of the difficult situation that is a fact of life for Philadelphia public schools. There is a strong group of dedicated parents who also work hard to help.
Jenks is an amazing public school that continues to thrive in the face of ridiculous challenges. It is a real community, filled with dedicated teachers, a principal with real vision, and terrific parents who are deeply invested in public education. My daughter is entering the second grade, and adores the school. She has learned far more in her two years at this urban school than the children of many of my friends attending affluent suburban schools. I'd also like to note that my daughter comes from a two-mom family. She has never experienced the slightest amount of bullying or differential treatment, and my partner and I feel completely comfortable and welcomed at the school.
The community and staff at Jenks is top notch. The teachers and school support staff are doing amazing work with a bare bones budget, through their dedication, the support of the Friends of Jenks organization, and great HSA/parents. Everyone I have net or interacted with has been lovely and checked-in. My daughter has made close friends and they are all nearby, a great benefit of a neighborhood school! She enjoys art, music, gym, the vegetable gardens, the playground, and a strong STEAM and math/reading curriculum which is continuing to grow every year. The only way to keep things growing and improving is through committed families joining us! Hope to see you at a kindergarten tea or event this year :)
The JS Jenks is a great school and my son and I love it. He has been attending Jenks since first grade and has been exposed to many awesome opportunities. There is so much to do at Jenks, from building a community garden, attending NASA Space Academy in the summer, musical productions, health and wellness club, chess club, First in Math holiday bash, sports such as fencing and track & field, just to name a few. Jenks makes learning fun. I attended an open house at a private school for 9th grade admission. Although a great school, it did not offer many of the social activities that Jenks does. I believe my son has received an excellent education at this school and he continues to advance in math and science, two of his favorite subjects. Attending Jenks will allow him to do the things he loves, while learning in a nuturing environment. Mrs. Lynskey and her staff are amazing. Come check out our science lab, garden and new state of the art library and computer lab for yourself. @ProudToBeAJSjenksFamily!.
Jenks has been such am amazing and wonderful school for our daughter. She is now going into 2nd grade and started there in kindergarten. Many of our friends send their children to private schools. We have found that the education she receives at Jenks and the opportunities she has there are just as good if not better than some of the private schools. There is definitely a myth in this city that there are no good public schools. Jenks is not just a good public school, it is a great school- period! Our daughter adores her teachers and the principal really deeply cares about this school. The parent community is very involved and we are proud to be part of it!
My kids have been at this school since Kindergarten and are approaching middle school. The experience has been very good. It is struggling like many other Philly schools in terms of teacher and staffing issues, but it is made up by strong parental support. Much money has been raised to ensure teachers have supplies and money is available to help students with opportunities such as attending Space Camp. The kids can't expect a much better education from a Philly public or charter school.
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is an amazing environment to learn. All teachers are highly qualified and the staff participates in many off school hours and community events. My son loved spending the year with two great teachers in the new fifth grade STEM lab. He loved all the animals in the room, lizards, turtles, fish, snakes and the rabbit (S'mores) who runs freely throughout the room. His favorite part was going on the exploration field trips and the lesson with the live crayfish!
I have had a wonderful experience with the Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers. They were passionate about the children and great educators! However, this school is apart of the ever declining Phila. School District and unfortunately does not have enough resources to continue the great experience throughout the upper school (grades 3-8). The principal is also very rude and disconnected from the student body. She has no desire to communicate with concerned parents as she will simply refer you to call the school district. No one from Phila. School District will EVER return a parent's phone call as they simply just DO NOT care. This was the best elementary school left in this district and it is very sad to see it go so far down hill. I have transferred my now 2nd grader to a private school.
Great school. Ambitious teachers,hard working students,great curriculium! We just love our school, students learn so much!
My son just finished his first year at Jenks and will enter third grade in the fall. He was previously in a suburban school and actually had a better experience last year at Jenks. His teacher was wonderful as is the principal. My son is academically advanced and his teacher was able to keep him interested in class (he had issues with boredom in his previous school). My son has often been the target of bullies, being short for his age and smart, and he experienced less bullying this year than he had in the suburbs. In addition,many of the parents are very involved and supportive of the school.
My son just graduated from J.S. Jenks Middle School in June. He attended Jenks from 1-8 grades. We had an excellent experience there. Never any fights, bullies or conflicts the whole time he attended. The teachers, counselor and staff were professional, caring and nurturing to the children. If there were more schools like Jenks in the Philadelphia School District more kids would attend public schools over the now popular Charters.
Jenks has a great lower grade department, but therer upper grades are the baf my son we to see the school forthe day and when we got a tour the seven grade in 2012 were fight and say bad thing to each when they we at there lockers I was not even able to see the six,or eight class but there were loud noise and all the teacher in the hall. i look fast inside a d student were on top of desk a walking around when i was told that all the student were in class getting but seven grade but the was girls in the bathroom srceam and the was no order for the student i was on floor for 15mins and my son said that he does not want ot attend the school i ask him he said cause im not going to learn any thing lastly as we were walk the principal was very clam like nothing was going on that floor.... Thank gor reading!!!!
I went to Jenks school did not like the school overall. I was in Jenks for 6 years K-5 i did not like it ,it was alot of bullying in 3-5 grade the teacher really did nothing about it. I am now 13 year old and because my mom but me in a better school my grades have we up and at Jenks it was hard to get help from a teacher we they are just sitting on there butts eating food out of a mini fridge in the class room, as well as fight would go on during class. I am no longer in Jenk but if i was my grade would not be were they are now and i most likely would been doing thing that i should not be doing ......... JENKS WAS A GOOD SCHOOL IN 2007-2010, BUT AFTER THAT GOOD TEACHER STARTED TO LEAVE AND THE SCHOOL WENT DOWN.... Do not but or keep your Kid there for middle school when i was in 5 grade i felt like i was in high school cause of all the drama and fights and bullying that was going on Thank you and look at other school before you pick JOHN STORY JENK SCHOOL.............
I was very concerned in 2008 when my girls Private School closed its doors for good. However, Jenks has exceeded my expectations. The curriculum is stellar and the staff from the Principal to the Janitor has our children's best interest at heart. Their is no doubt in my mind that my girls will get into the High Schools of their choosing!
Jenks teachers really care about the well-being of the students. They are commited to prepare the students to attend some of the best high schools in the city.
My daughter is in kindergarten at Jenks. Thus far we are extremely pleased. She is reading, writing and very engaged in her day. She has specialists including spanish, art, music, computers and physical education. The new principal is very energetic and dedicated. The parents are very involved. We have enjoyed becoming a productive part of the community.
Parent of a daughter in third grade and son in fifth grade. We are enjoying our learning experience at Jenks. Jenks offers instrumental music lessons, art, dance and the general academic subjects. (The upper grades also learn Spanish) The teaching and support staff are caring and committed to the children and community. Jenks is a respectful learning community. There is a strong Home and School and the administration addresses parental concerns.
John Story Jenks is an excellent school academically; and above average for a public school. The teachers are excellent and care about the success of the students. The negative is [that some] of the children seem to have behavioral problems. I make this statement because there are fights at the school. The principal is very nice but not able to handle conflict. Due to this problem there are more school police, bars on windows, and cameras in the halls. I think that if they had a strong leader and eliminated [spme] of the problem students, verbal and physical violence would go from the norm to a monthly or quarterly experience.
I have a daughter in second grade and a son in Kindergarten. I am very happy with the educational experience that our children are having at Jenks. The academic program is rigorous and includes math, literacy, science and social studies. There is a gifted program and a learning support program. There is also free after school small group tutoring in math and literacy. The teachers are excellent, experienced and professional. At Jenks, children have weekly art, music, phys ed, computers, and library. The computer lab is new. Enrichment activities also include afterschool arts, dance, and robotics clubs, basketball, as well as artists in residence, field trips and assemblies. Children have the opportunity to play the violin from Kindergarten and our instrumental program is amazing. Jenks parents value education, are listened to, and really make a difference. Jenks students tend to go to some of the best high schools in Philadelphia.
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