A.J. HARRELL is in seventh grade at a West Philadelphia Catholic school, but it's not too early for his mom to start looking at potential high schools.
His mom, Chavel Harrell of Southwest Philadelphia, was one of about 20 parents, grandparents and students who took a bus tour of three Philadelphia schools Wednesday to check out the "great schools" in the city, according to the Philadelphia School Partnership, which organized the trip.
"I don't know much about the public-school system or the charter-school system," said Harrell, who came without her son. "Well, I know enough that the public-school system is struggling and I don't want my son in it."