Still, it works for now. Meg Gardner, who has an 8-year-old son, had signed a lease for a $1,400-a-month apartment because it was in the Penn Alexander catchment. Then her son was put on the school's wait list. She tried "working night and day to send him to private school." When it became too much, she enrolled him at Lea.
So far, she's thrilled ... ish. The art, tennis and hockey are more than her son had access to in private school. But, she says, "When you go into Penn Alexander and they have everything you can imagine, and then you go a few blocks away to Lea and they're like, 'Oh, yay, the bathrooms are fixed,' that's inequality staring us right in the face."
Even if Lea wasn't Gardner's first choice, she now feels lucky to live in the catchment — at least, as it's drawn for now.
But, D'Antonio says, that's just it: "You shouldn't have to be lucky to go to school."