The GATE program at this school is superb. The teachers are committed, passionate and creative. My two kids commute from a neighborhood with a school whose Great Schools rating is a nine but I'm confident that my kids are obtaining an education far superior to what they would have gotten by staying there. Do your homework beyond this web site. Visit the school and talk to the teachers and parents with kids currently in the program. Three of the four GATE teachers have been teaching GATE full time for 10+ years. You will be hard pressed to find that level of expertise anywhere else. The test scores for this school overall are lower due to the fact that this school serves a predominantly lower income, Spanish-dominant neighborhood but I assure you that the GATE kids are performing well above average, with reading levels several years above their grade level, some at high school level. I could go on, but you should really find out firsthand for yourself if you are serious about your child's education.
I spend a considerable amount of time helping my children with their homework daily. Not sure if it's always to enhance a skill they are currently learning, sometimes, it may have not been covered in class yet.
Both my children are in the dual immersion program at Garretson. It is fantastic! I am very pleased with the commitment and hard work they put into making it a great cultural learning experience for the kids. If you are hesitant about applying for the dual immersion program, don't be!
Whether your student is advance or in general studies, expect teachers and staff to have emotional issues that they openly share with the children, often about their personal life. My child is now behind educationally when before coming here, he was thriving. God forbid you have a special needs child. We have been told he can't go on field trips without a parent because the teacher has other students to keep track of, my child has been yelled at for falling to much in the over crowded unorganized classroom, my child has seen teachers leave class in an emotional outburst over the teachers petsonal life and has been seriously neglected by the teachers and staff in providing for his adaptive needs. IEP meetings generally have consisted of only half the involved parties attending, late arrivals, and the principal and teachers texting. Teachers texting and on Facebook or other social medias during class and lesson times is common. If your child has special needs, go somewhere else. This is not a safe, physically or emotionally, school for any student. Seek other options if able. I wish I had been able to sooner, now my children are paying the price.
garretson is garbage.. these people rating it 5 stars must be getting paid .. my son went thefe for 3 years and is way behind..the teachers there dont teach them anything i might as well have been a teacher there ,
I just finished the best school year ever at Garretson. Transferring schools from one that had much higher test scores (Lincoln Alternative) I was worried about my child's academics but it was the best thing I could have done. Mrs. Stevens, the sixth grade teacher is the BEST. Kudos to her as she will be or should be teacher of the year. Thanks much Garretson and especially Mrs. Stevens for making it know that the child's emotional needs are more important than academics. My child has only succeeded more and is much much happier. We are glad we made the change.
We were in the dual immersion program at Garretson for 4 years. It is an outstanding school with great teachers & parent involvement. As well, John Reynoso, the principal, knows all the kids and is a great leader! We highly recommend this school and were sad to leave it with our move back to Chicago.