Henry C Lea Pre-K to 8th

Dr. Sonya Harrison

4700 Locust Street
Philadelphia PA 19139
Phone: 215-471-2915

Where Teachers Teach - Students Study - Parents Participate

Henry C. Lea

Principal's Corner


Dr. Harrison Welcomes all Parents and Students to the Lea Family

Message from Principal Dr. Sonya Harrison

The focus of all staff at Lea School is to provide a high quality education for our students.  Our educators are dedicated to provide an environment where children feel motivated to learn and reach their full potential. We believe that every child has the ability to achieve excellence.

The same approach used for our general population is applied to our Special Education and English as Second Language Learners programs.  We feel whatever barriers a child has, none are insurmountable and all deserve the opportunities that a great education affords. 

The 21st century is a dynamic time and Lea is dedicated to providing a dynamic education for all our students.




     Proud Accomplishments                 

  • AYP Met 2009 - 2010                
  • Multiple iPraxis Science Fair Winner          
  • Active Garden for 13 Years         
  • Community School Site and After School Program           
  • Visual Arts Program (Picasso Grant Winner)
  • Mac Book Laptops (6th, 7th and 8th Grades)
  • Mac Book Laptops (3rd, 4th, 5th Grades)
  • Desktops in Each Classroom
  • Smart Boards Utilized in some classrooms
  • Completely Redesigned Library with Smartboard
  • New Computer Lab with Smartboard
  • Awarded Muhammad Ali Peace Garden Grant
  • Awarded RecycleBank Green Schools Grant
  • Awarded Whole Foods "Whole Kids" Gardening Grant
  • Participated in Community Design Collaborative Green School Yard Charrette
  • Completed 1st Phase of CDC Green School Yard Project
  • School Choir
  • PECO Green Region Grant Recipient
  • Awarded Philadelphia Water Department SMIP Grant
  • University of Pennsylvania Partnership School
  • Full Time Music Instruction (Vocal)
  • Full Time Art Instruction
  • Full Time Spanish Instruction
  • School Day and After School Instrument Instruction


Literacy is the Focus






Parents - It is important to stress literacy at home and prepare your child for the educational rigor that the classroom teacher will be providing in that setting.  We request your support in pushing your student beyond the levels they think are their limits. Please see our Curriculum page for more information.



Please check our About Us page for documents you can download and print  in preparation to enroll your child. 


Note: The Registration Requirements page will list the documents you need to bring to the school with you.  You can also click on the School Finder link to determine which school catchment you live in. 





Stephen Starr donates to Lea!

Stephen Starr has raised 100,000 dollars for Philadelphia schools with his Fork up a Buck program.  Patrons who ate at one of his restaurants were asked to tip a buck to help schools.  Henry C. Lea was one of three schools chosen to receive a donation.  Lea School will receive a new computer lab!  An event was held Tuesday, June 10th at Jones Restaurant which raised the biggest amount for the cause.  Principal Dr. Harrison and two Lea students presented thank you speeches at the event. Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. Hite was in attendance as well.


Partnership Updates

Lea has developed a School Yard Greening Master Plan with the support and consultation of West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools, and the program was facilitated by the Community Design Collaborative.  The school participated in a full day Design Charrette which included Students, Teachers, Parents, Administration, and the Community, to come up with a design which will support functions at the school and present a place for the community to enjoy when school is not in session.  


Click Link Below for Plan Details:


WPCNS, Community, Students and Parents thank you for your support!


 Clip on Banner Below for Current Collaborations Between Penn and the Lea School


If you are interested in enrolling at Lea please call the main office at 215-471-2915 or download forms from our website.





If you are concerned about test scores, understand that Lea has a English Language Learner population which represents 25 countries and speaks 25 languages.  Along with our special education population this affects the test scores.  See below video:










Help Our School by Bringing in Your Box Tops 

These Are Just Some of the Brands Which Can Be Used





Click the Link Below to See the Participating Products