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About This School

Lawton Henry W School is a public elementary school in Philadelphia. The principal of Lawton Henry W School is Anita Urofsky. 849 students go to Lawton Henry W School and identify as Multiracial, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 50% of the 849 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Lawton Henry W School is 19:1. Sullivan James J School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 34% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 61%
Hispanic 22% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 73%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Hello I was a student a Lawton. Trust me that was a great school the teachers got you prepared for what was coming. I am going to high school now and I have learned a lot from that school. I never got in a fight in that school not once. Parents need to talk to there children because if you don't they will just take it out on people. Lawton was a great school. Has great teachers staff and wonderful principal. Adali lopez

  • (4 years ago)

    I came from this school and it is great. Teachers are by your side. This school has prepared me for middle school and now I'm in high school.It's like one big family and I think your child should go there I never got in a fight in that school. Trust me they don't tollerate it.

  • (4 years ago)

    im not really happy with some teachers. My daugther was there just one year. That's year no was really good for her.

  • (4 years ago)

    best teachers principal & students

  • (5 years ago)

    I like Lawton alot I am well respected when I walk into the school everyone knows me by name.My daughter finished fifth grade there and my son is in fifth grade this year My children learned at this school they are on high reading levels and good at math.I want to thank this school for all they done.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a teacher I have noticed tremendous changes at Lawton. The positives are that we have a new extension to the building and a wonderful staff and Principal. We also have some nice families with nice children in our building. The problem is lack of parental support. When your child enters school it is the beginning of a partnership between the home and the school. The common goal is to look out for your child's best interest. Unfortunately too many parents here at Lawton do not take or accept the responsibility of raising their children properly. We try to teach proper manners and morals in school but if they aren't reinforced at home the child will never learn of the appropriate way to act. Parents you are the key to your child's success in life. Do your job and we'll do ours.

  • (5 years ago)

    I really like this school. I was hoping that my son got Ms. McIntyre in first grade and he did. Now I know why everyone speaks so highly of her. She is wonderful!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Lawton is a very good school the teachers and other staff do all they can to keep the bulling out of Lawton. It is not easy to be a teacher today. Children go to school tired hungry and angry sometimes they just want to talk. but classes are getting bigger so teachers may not have time to talk to that child who has had a bad night. But they try. The Principal at Lawton tries She can't solve every thing But she will take time to talk to a child no matter if the child was right or wrong. People blame the school for kids fighting not learning and being rude All of this starts in the home. If a child is hungry or tired he or she has a bad day A Good nights sleep Full belly and Trust something all kids need

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school! I have 2 kids here 1st and 3rd grades they love the school and so do I!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a a parent of three. My Stepdaughter came to live with us last year and she was bullied quite often. With numerous meetings with the teacher and letters written sadly nothing was done. She eventually went back home to live with her mother. My daughter will be entering kindergarten next year and I am not sure if this is the type of school I would like to send my child where pacifing the bullies takes priority over proper education. If the parents of these bullies would take responsibility for their children it would make learning much easier for the kids that are there to learn.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have to say one parent said it best If you teach your child that the only way to handle a problem is to fight then that is what your child is going to do You cannot blame the school for that We at Lawton try very hard to teach your children how to solve problems without fighting. Every teacher at Lawton has your child interest at heart We strive to keep our school safe and to archive a wonderful learning experience. We do not look at a child and say he or she is bad. For the most part we belive that there are No bad children sometimes you run up against a difficult child. But with a kind word and understanding that child comes around and starts to enjoy school more. Lawton's wonderful teachers try very hard to put your child first And a smile on each child' face.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is entering 1st grade at Lawton. His experience in Kindergarten was very good. He gets extra help in the resource room and his teachers are excellent especially Mrs. Murdah. He loves her! His teacher this year is Mrs. Cragg and I have been hearing very good things about her. I have heard problems with bullying in the higher grades but my son hasn't had any problems. He really enjoys Lawton and so far it has been a great experience sending him here. He is getting the extra help and is really making so much progress.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had alot of problems with the schools bullying rule. I have also hd alot of problems with getting the right help for my other childs adhd problem. No one really wants to help just push u aside to someone else.

  • (7 years ago)

    I find the staff at Lawton to be truly dedicated and interested in my children. The school is indeed overcrowded but a new building is being constructed that should help with this problem. The principal is very supportive and has always helped whenever any situation arose with my children. As far as safety concerns I have always been stopped at the front desk and given a visitor's pass. The teachers at this school have been helpful courteous and extremely professional. As far as extra-curricular activities my daughter has been in the choir and she truly loves the experience. Lawton is a great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have to say...that coming from another neighborhood of Philadelphia where my children attended public school (which was comparable to a private school) and coming this area where the children must attend Lawton...I am shocked to say the least about the difference!!! The school needs work the students are rude and the staff was not even dressed in attire I would deem appropriate for work. On the first day my child began I was not even given a tour of the school or much information for that matter. I had to ask and press for information. The children when dismissed run around like animals and seem out of control. I do not even feel safe with my child attending but I have no choice. Avoid this area if you can.

  • (7 years ago)

    Lawton has a chorus with Mr Hood it also has a instrumental progam.I think it is a alright school. My daughter and son have a high reading level. The addition of the school is long over due. And I think Lawton has too many kids in the size of the school. Both of my children are in the instrumental program. I think the teachers are good.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have to say 4 yrs ago this school was a dream come true. since then it has seriously declined. The behavior students are completely out of control and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. I'm very disappointed that after ALOT of money was spent on outside tutoring for my student and the no child left behind act just shouldn't be. These children are struggling and there isn't enough help for these children. The teachers spend most of their time dealing with these discipline children instead of helping the students that are willing to learn but could use some of that precious time these teachers do not seem to have. I understand this is mainly a parental problem and these teachers (and the principal) aren't miracle workers but a solution needs to be found.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a well run school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My Child attends first grade at Henry W. Lawton School her Teacher Mrs. Cragg is excellent! Mrs. Cragg keeps learning fun and interesting and my daughter loves her very much. The school grounds are kept neat and staff seem pleasant and very friendly. However security is poor on more than one occasion I was allowed to just walk into the building without being stopped or questioned. Also during dismissal children were not properly supervised staff members would stand at the top of the steps talking amongst themselves instead of watching the group of children that were leaving. Also my daughter was being bullied and reported the problem to a teacher the teacher told my daughter 'not to tattle'. Nothing was done until I contacted the child's adult sister I then sent a written complaint to the Phiadelphia School District Eastern Regional office.

  • (8 years ago)

    Lawton school is not that great. It is kept up well but their are a number of bad students in the school throughout each grade. Most students pick on each other and really bring each other down. Education wise they base the ciriculum on the lowest level children so the higher level students are bored. There is a class for the mentally gifted but it is not enough for those who are above the average level.

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