We have three children that attend Jenks. The true testament of how great the school is my second grade son came up to me on a Sunday afternoon and said "mom, I love Jenks." Our family attended another city school last year and the same second grader struggled to wake up in the morning, and was not always well behaved in class. We believe the environment at Jenks is condusive to the child's academic and social development. He now enjoys school so much, he's up and ready to go without any struggle. My other two children enjoy the school and it's many oppurtunities as well. The staff and faculty are great. The parent participation and opportunities to volunteer as well as the engagement of the community makes Jenk a true neighborhood school and should be the model school for the Philadelphia School District.
Jenks is a wonderful community of dedicated teachers and amazing families! With everyone working together and support from the surrounding neighborhood, we have created a caring, innovative learning environment. The school offers a safe, nurturing space for the students during school hours and through afterschool activities and community events. It truly is a model of a great neighborhood school doing what it can with limited resources, but plenty of enthusiasm and commitment.
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 :)