I cannot count the times I hear from potential buyers, "I am looking for a single family home," but when it comes to discussions about what school district they want, I often hear, "Anything but the City!"
Why is this? It seems like everyone has the perception that the city school is a big, bad place where kids are bound to never succeed. Perception is reality. However, I am NOT a perceiver. I have witnessed people perceiving only what they want to see and know there is more to it than that. I look for the missed beat, the skipped step, the misunderstanding that so many hurry by.
I am phlegmatic. So I decided to test that so-called perception by going to exactly where no one seems to want to send their kiddos, the City School...
Our City School is AMAZING! I learned from the administration that warmly received me, the School District is one of the oldest in the State of PA, dating back to the late 1800's.
At almost 5000 enrolled students, it has 5 Elementary Schools, a Middle School and of course the High School where I visited. The High School has recently been remodeled and is spacious and well designed inside. It's also eco-friendly (geothermal heat).
What's even more surprising is the School received a 99% response rate in 2014 from parents regarding the school's performance and the parent's satisfaction was either satisfied or extremely satisfied with the entire school system.
I learned the City School offers Chinese Language courses, Dual Enrollment or College in High School Courses so that a Senior can actually graduate and attend a local Community College that has transferable credits to well known State Universities as a Sophomore. This saves an entire year's worth of tuition.
The City School also provides free breakfast and lunch to all students no matter what economic status they hold.
This is just the tip of what the City School District has to offer, but I have to mention one more wonderful experience I had at the Lebanon City High School. I witnessed a select group of extremely talented choral students perform in the High School Library. Their precision, hard work and amazing talent brought tears to my eyes. Their singing was absolutely stunning. Their instructor was amazing as well.
I may not be able to convey to every potential home buyer that the Lebanon City School District is just as good as any other in the county, but I certainly feel better equipped to respond to those misguided perceptions.
What's going on at your local Schools?