City Schools Aren’t All Bad
Inner city schools have become hot spots for stereotypes for as long as most people can remember. And, while they do have their shortcomings, some inner city schools do offer programs that people can’t find anywhere else in their local area.
Five of the 18 high schools that offer International Baccalaureate programs in Pennsylvania were located in Philadelphia, three of the 18 schools were in Pittsburgh and the School District of Lancaster’s J.P. McCaskey High School also made the list.
That means that half of the IB programs in the state of Pennsylvania are located in inner city schools.
City schools are often able to offer more programs than those in other areas.
For example, the School District of Lancaster offers many academic tracks to their high school students, which includes: International Baccalaureate, IB Career Certificate, Advanced Placement, Career and Technical Education, Dual Enrollment, Project Lead The Way, International School, JROTC, Gear Up and After School Tutoring.
Living and attending school in a city also exposes these students to a wide variety of cultural experiences that students living and attending school in more rural areas may not experience.
Historically, cities are known for being the melting pots of the world—bringing together many cultures, religions, ethnicities and so on into one location.
When walking around a city, people often talk about “the richer streets” and “the poorer streets.” Having to grow up around people from all sorts of socio-economic backgrounds helps expose students to diversity at a young age inside and outside of the classroom.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with rural education, inner city education does reach and extend to more people—leaving their students with the opportunities to come across people from various backgrounds due to the denser population in cities compared to the rural areas.
While it is important to acknowledge that city schools can be tough because of the diversity in social classes that attend them, it’s also important to acknowledge the opportunities that they provide their students.
It’s not an Earth-shattering concept that no school is perfect, nor do they pretend to be perfect. Each school has their flaws and their strong points.
But, it’s important to not rule out a school due to its location because a location is not indicative of the school as a whole. Where some schools may be in safer locations, they may also offer less academic programs.