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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Pittsboro, NC - With so many opinions flying about, of course there would be some about Perry Harrison, too. I have raised my children, and now have an eight year old grand daughter. She attends Perry Harrison as a second grader, and started there in kindergarten. She is excelling in all areas, and loves her school.
We had options for other private schools, and through research, reputation, and knowing some of the staff and teachers, we chose Perry Harrison with confidence. We have found the administration and teachers to be receptive and desirous of parent involvement, offering a myriad of opportunities for families to participate in activities monthly. Concerns are handled with care and fairness. My grand daughter's mom, my husband, and I have volunteered in each of her classrooms on a regular basis. There is nothing more important in a child's education than the parents' involvement in the classroom; the continuity is imperative for understanding and wholistic learning. PH has an incredible base of parental involvement.
Students' well-being in academics, emotional nourishment, citizenship, school and family community is paramount at Perry Harrison. We love it, Ana loves it, and the families I speak with are very pleased with their children's education there.
PH is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pilot school. We are extremely excited about the STEM program (it's nationwide). The classroom environments are stimulating, well equipped and peaceful. Imagination is nurtured and blossoms within the individual students and throughout the student body as a whole. We have Author's Teas, plays, little concerts, STEM nights, presentations by the art and music classes, classroom project presentation luncheons, runs for cancer and other worthy causes, philanthropic initiatives to feed the hungry in our community, and so many more wonderful values-building initiatives. The YMCA afterschool and camp program at PH is unsurpassed for attentiveness and substance.
The teachers coordinate schedules and activities for the students to build community with each other. The PH art and music programs are vibrant and extend opportunities for the children to be involved in the surrounding community's cultural events. The PTA is energetic and notably supportive, engendering wonderful relationships. The children have a fun and healthy "Mariners' Pride!" One of the priorities we are so pleased about is that they (admin and teachers) are attentive to special needs, whether they be for children of learning challenges or advanced learners.
In every school, or community of any sort, there will be people who have had a disgruntling experience, or don't like certain aspects, or have personality differences with people. That may be the case for some of the negative feedback your clients received. Or, someone may have expectations that can't be met for some reason. I have worked across the state in programs for LEAs (Local Education Associations, i.e., county and city school systems), therefore, have some sensitivities to the health of a school. Overall, there's not another school I would recommend above Perry Harrison. (Or my grand daughter would be there!)
I was a residential Realtor for a number of years, and am sensitive to your clients' concerns. Choosing the right neighborhoods, schools and community for our family is about the biggest life choice we make. It can be daunting. Communities have different dynamics, so the fun (and hopefully not too much exhaustion) of pairing the family with a community that fits their lifestyle does take effort. I am so glad that this family has you as their agent. Together, you will find the perfect home for this precious family.
As a parent, a grandparent, and a community resident, I encourage them to go on the Perry Harrison website, talk to people in the North Chatham community, and visit the school. I believe their concerns will be relieved.
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