Henry C Lea Pre-K to 8th

Jennifer Duffy

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

Where Teachers Teach - Students Study - Parents Participate

Henry C. Lea

Principal's Corner



Principal Jennifer Duffy Welcomes all Parents and Students to the Lea Family





Come Enjoy Lea






Wednesday  -  March 4th   -  5:00pm  -  7:00pm 










Welcome to Lea's New Principal - Jennifer Duffy

Lea's current principal Dr. Sonya Harrison was recently promoted to a Assistant Superintendent position.  The staff wishes her great success in her new job.


We now welcome our new Principal,  Jennifer Duffy.  She was most recently a Multilingual Manager at the School District of Philadelphia and considering the many countries represented at Lea we think she will be a great fit. 


We are excited about continuing the success and progress already started this past year with our new leadership.



School Welcome Video  





       Proud Accomplishments                 

  • AYP Met 2009 - 2010                
  • Multiple iPraxis Science Fair Winner          
  • Active Garden for 15 Years         
  • Community School After School Program and Freedom School Summer 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, (Stormwater Management Incentive Program), Grant
  • Re-Location Site for Hamels Foundation Playland (orginally at The Wilson School)
  • University of Pennsylvania Partnership School
  • Support for 30+ Years by Garden Court Community Association through its Education Committee
  • Supported by Walnut Hill Community Association 
  • Full Time Music Instruction (Vocal)
  • Full Time Art Instruction
  • Full Time Spanish Instruction
  • School Day Instrument Instruction (String, Brass and Woodwind)
  • Settlement Music School After School Orchestra and Band Program
  • SPARK Apprenticeship Program Site
  • Recipient of 2014 Steven Starr Grant for New Computer Lab
  • WePAC Library Program Location
  • SRI (School Redesign Initiative) Applicant


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