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Lea Henry C School

Public | PK-8 | 57 students

 

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Posted April 4, 2014

This is my daughters first year in public school. I was very concerned about the quality of education she would be receiving. To my surprise we have had a pretty good experience at Lea. My daughter's teacher is wonderful and really works hard at challenging the children. I really like that the school is diverse. The teachers and students would benefit from more parent and administrative supports. Parents must get involved!!! The school also lacks supplies !!!! Lea has done a good job with maintaining enrichment programs like music ,art, and gym however I do not see the S.T.E.M. program or technology. The after -school programs they offer are helpful to working parents. The school has some issues but appears to be going in the right direction. Get involved help Lea school to become greater!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Despite many talented and capable teachers at Lea, the school consistently struggles to meet AYP. Lea's own website attributes its low test scores to a large ESL population and its special ed program. The school is also supported by Penn and an active coalition of neighborhood groups, but in the three years our son attended (2011-2013) not a single parent enrolled in the school's own Home and School Association? There are many enrichment opportunities for the kids, but some programs are inconsistent. One week your child has library and music, the next week he doesn't. As other parents here have stated, class sizes do diminish drastically after the 5th grade with many families opting to continue their kids' education elsewhere; the lack of student focus (noted in comments below) is also no exaggeration. We removed our son from Lea after it became increasingly more difficult to motivate him to complete assignments. He frequently expressed his growing resentment at the fact that the greater majority of his classmates neither completed homework with any regularity nor turned in projects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

My school has really changed over the summer. There is a lot of energy in the building. It was newly painted with many things fixed. There are new teachers who seem really good, to add to the great teachers who were there last year, and the New Principal is FANTASTIC. I saw people doing a survey to fix issues with traffic and see that there are a lot of plants near Spruce Street in the garden part of the school yard. My child said they had a designated person doing activities with them at recess. I think called Play Works or something like that. Lots of new parents who seem really nice. I am really excited about this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

NOT A GOOD SCHOOL! The principal Dr. Bell-Chiles is no longer at the school why bc there were changes that needed to be made. I have to commend the teachers and staff that try to install pride in the children, but that alone does not change the overall environment of the school in its inability to keep the kids focused on academic success with such low parent involvement. If you attend their honor roll assemblies you will have a chance to see as the grades gets higher there are less students making the honor roll. The school really looses the focus of children after 4th grade and 7th and 8th; forget about it. Bullying is a problem as well; these kids vandalize the school building, break into the school when it s closed. Cops were called to this school a few times behind bullying. The school has a new principal this year, but if she is engulfed with worrying about keeping a job and unable to be available to bring about much needed serious changes Lea will continue to be a disaster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

I have been at this school for some time. I have been very happy with my child's education. I have seen great teachers teaching and my child has never had an issue with bullying. My child is very quiet and would be a target if there was a problem. There are some kids that may not have the direction from home that my child has but I have seen my kid's teachers do a great job instilling discipline and control. Plus you get that in Lower Merion also. My kid gets rewarded with points for being good and tells me all the time about what prizes he gets from the school store, which seems an incentive for kids to do well instead of punishing them. There is a parent who is very involved and has helped me with many things including getting on SchoolNet to see my child's grades at anytime. I thought this guy was a teacher or administrator but he is just a parent. I have heard that he is instrumental in getting Penn involved, computers, and other things. So far I am very happy. I plan on getting more involved to help keep things moving forward. The least I can do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

This is a very good public school which seems to be getting better and better - even with the budget cuts. The principal is very hands-on. The teachers are very competent and really care about their students. The majority of the students are very nice, interesting in learning, and kind to their fellow classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2011

The principal, Dr. Bells Chiles, is great. She is open to community involvement, has an open door policy with parents & teachers, and is extremely committed to her students. I wish more principals at our neighborhood schools were like here. There are some great enrichment programs going on at Lea such as the gLea singing program and gardening efforts in the interior courtyard. The HSA president, Maurice Jones, is a dedicated parent and leader at the school. Is the school perfect? Is it as bad as some people think? No and no. As with any school, it needs engaged parents talking with the teachers and principal. PSSA are also not the only assessment of student performance. One also needs to evaluate how each student improves year to year, not just as an average of the entire class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

H.C. Lea School has it's pro's and con's. I have come across some awesome and supportive parents. I think it's downfall is its lack of leadership. There are some very dedicated teachers there that are truly there for the students. There are a lot of discipline issues do to the lack of leadership. A majority of the parents are not involved in their child's education. They basically send their students to school and hold the teacher responsible for everything else! I hope more parents become involved, it would make a world of difference!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2011

My grandson is in 8th grade at Lea School. The teachers are very competent and are preparing the students for high school. The science, math, reading and social studies teachers are the best! People need to take a look at this school and see the effective teaching and learning which is occurring at Lea School. There are a lot if positive things happening which the community is not aware of...Lea is a gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

i hate it it is bad it is bad i hate it i hate it


Posted December 8, 2010

I am a parent with high academic standards and hold myself and my children accountable for their academic success. The reviews posted about Lea Middle School are outdated and currently inaccurate!! My intelligent and smart daughter is an 8th grader at this school. I am greatly/ecstatically surprised about the learning environment at Lea. Contrary to the old reviews, this school offers challenging,effective and engaging courses of study as well as, multiple extarcurricular programs. I am so pleased about what we, as a new family to this school, have found. This school and faculty are Hidden Treasures!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

This iis a very poor school. I sent my child for a few days and he did not like it. There are bullies and very insolent children. I strongly reccamend you to ot send your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

Such a shame that this school is failing because there are some really good kids that do not get the attention because of the bad apples. I was there as a teacher for two months and found it disturbing. The principal treated the library like a dumping ground for classes and was unsupportive of the program. On a bright note, the teachers are world class and deserve better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2007

Theres more fighting than learning. Teachers are very impatient and do not focus on kids at all. My child and all other students failed in her class this year because there teacher was too overwhelmed.Not a good enough excuse. The only thing good was the principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

Unimpressed by the academic quality of this school. My child never has homework or anything but gets straight A's easily. Teachers do not have good communication with parents. Discipline is definately an issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

This school is an example of what is wrong in our educational system-- unmotivated teachers, incompetent administrators and students that are left to slip through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

36 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
57%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
20%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
52%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
30%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

36 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
24%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
13%

2009

 
 
5%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
35%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students32%
Female24%
Male40%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students36%
Female35%
Male37%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female45%
Male36%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Female39%
Male36%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female39%
Male44%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Male25%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Male25%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students17%
Femalen/a
Male23%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Male53%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students37%
Femalen/a
Male33%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female62%
Male73%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female69%
Male48%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students36%
Female40%
Male33%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female67%
Male42%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students17%
Female13%
Male21%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students32%
Female47%
Male19%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 87% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 4% 2%
White 2% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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