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K-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 579
 

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2350 West 110th Place
Chicago, IL 60643

(773) 535-2560
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May 11, 2014
this school is good except parents dont know what really goes on in school all these parents are saying that this is such a great school well its not. i love the teachers her but its the principle she doesnt do anything. Our best vice principle left about 4 weeks during the beginning of the school year. doesnt that sound odd to you that she left so early. i learn at this school i do but another thing i hate is how some students are so mean the teachers dont even do anyhting all they do is just say oh you have indoor recess . well thats not good enough and let me tell you the best part the teachers put so much pressure on you to get to your nwea goal. I know its important but it makes some kids worried. Last year a teacher said there will be no pizza party if only one child doesnt get their nwea score do you even understand how much pressure that is on a child.Another teacher said if students get their nwea goal they can have ice cream but if you dont then you wont have ice cream now if that isnt cruel then tell me what is.

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January 29, 2014
Great School that isn't just about test scores. I have several children at Clissold and I couldn't be happier. The schoolwork is challenging and interesting for my children. The Montessori program includes things other than academics and test prep like lots of field trips, nature programs, recess, and fine arts. I also like the IB program and I think it is preparing my child for high school. The teachers and principal all work hard and care about my children. Mrs Grason has improved the school so much with the expanded Montessori program and how she has handled the longer school day. Thank you to the teachers and Mrs Grason for all their hard work.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2014
I agree with the other Parent...the principle can not handle the children at Clissold...she is rude her self!

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January 14, 2014
As a parent of 2 children at Clissold as well as a CPS teacher I could not be happier at Clissold. The teachers care so much for the students and I find Connie Grason very approachable. She has made great changes at Clissold.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2014
This school really needs a new Principle. She lets these kids 6th - 8th grade get away with anything. There is no discipline and are just disrespectful. So when your child is starts 6th grade really think about sending them somewhere else. A Concern Parent

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November 09, 2013
My child graduated from here and is a freshman at Brooks College Prep now. She is doing well academically and I know its because of Clissold and myself. Kids from here norm as lly go to, Lincoln Park, Brooks, Whitney Young, Jones and CHSAS. Plus nearby catjolic high schools. So Clissold is doing its job very well.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2013
Clissold is a wonderful school and we are a work in progress. I believe that all schools should forever increase ways to make learning a viable environment. My children enjoy learning at Clissold. We are a level 1 school performing at high levels with the resources we have. Our teachers are excellent and nuture the gift of learning within each child. Our principal looks out for each of her children and knows all by name & face. Our children are not just a number. That tells me that she is concern about her school. I am not sure about the post on September 2, 2013 but my encounters with the office personnel has always been a positive interaction. In fact I was recently in the office and visitors arrived and commented that this is a "Happy School" because the atmosphere was happy the teachers, parents and personal all said "good morning" and set the tone for the day. I like the school and believe that we can learn to do better. Thank you for the post on Sept 2 because we will grow from that incident and I am sorry that you experience a negative interaction.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2013
The Montessori program is amazing. Most children leave the school with a real academic advantage. The teachers and staff are the best around. I know CPS is a turnoff for alot of families, but it is a great neighborhood school that more people should consider.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2013
I honestly hate this school, the principal is terrible, the administration in the main office is terrible! They don't Speak, they're rude, i just can't wait to take my kids up out of that school. My ratings is terrible don't do it for your sake and the children

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2013
Clissold fosters a support and diverse community. The principals and teachers are wonderful. My two children thrive, challenged academically and have wonderful friends. During trying times with CPS and the budget cuts, our principal did an outstanding job saving our flagship programs and extracurricular programs. Our family is lucky to have such a wonderful resource.

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April 15, 2012
I am a parent of a kindergartener at this school. I am extremely happy with the teacher my son has. She is extremely caring and patient with the children. My son can not wait to get to school. She has really fostered his love of learning. A previous poster has said negative things about this teacher. I am not sure how much time she has spent there but I am there very often and have never seen anything that she is describing. She truly cares for these children. As for the field trip on the Metra, it was completely safe. I have done this many times before. There are enough chaperones so that there is an adult to every 3 to 4 children. Metra does not allow any other passengers on the cars with the students. It was a fun day and the children got to go and see the Harold Washington Library. To address the teacher aide. She is very good and is a much needed asset to this room. With 34 children it was very busy and hectic in the room. She is very sweet and the kids love her. I am very thankful that the LSC approved funds to hire her. In an ideal situation the class would be divided into 2 classes. This is not possible there is no room and no funds for another teacher.

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2012
This is a great school the teachers really take time with each child. The monetsori program is the best. My son looks forward to school every day.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2010
Clissold is a school that is unstable when it comes to retaining good test scores and maintaining diversity. It needs a strong PTA. E.g. this year the test scores dropped by 5%. And the school is only 30% White in 2009, as opposed to 45% White in 1999. Clissold is having trouble keeping good teachers, find a stable principal and out of district students... They are even wearing uniforms the upcoming year! Clissold needs to take the route of nearby Sutherland and shape up or ship out. Despite all of this, the school does post the some of the highest test scores on the southside, and sends students to the selective enrollment schools every year (the year i graduated, 8 students went to Whitney Young)

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2009
I have two children at Clissold and I have never been more disappointed in a school. My daughter previously attended a high-level private school. Her standardized scores were in the 90th percentile. Recently, she was just tested on the ISEE, for independant private schools. Her scores dropped to the 60s and 50s. That's after three years at Clissold. I believe the school is unaccountable, even hostile, towards parents. The previous principal, Mr. Podsiadlik, was trying to make needed changes and was run out of the school by the PTA, LSC and staff. The staff wants status quo and not to be challenged on their skills. I regret having put my children in their care. This school is a microcosm of what is wrong with public education. My children will be in private schools this Fall.

- submitted by a parent
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January 16, 2009
I am a concerned parent of three Clissold students. Our new principal does not seem to respect the ideas of the staff. The atmosphere of the school is being ruined by this man. People have worked long and hard on an excellent neighborhood school to have it run into the ground.

- submitted by a parent
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July 14, 2008
I think Clissold is a great school they offer a strong focus on academic and my son enjoys the challenge which keeps me encouraged that my son is getting a competitive education.

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May 07, 2008
Excellent school! My daughter has been a student for the past two years & I have seen a significant amount of improvement in her grades and study habits. Clissold has a rigorous curriculum and definitely prepares students to be successful in high school in making a smooth transition.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2007
Clissold is one of the best school's in the morgan pak/beverly area its just the school has to many flaws like your child will come home with tons of homework even when I went to clissold it was just like this, if your child is being put in the 7th or 8th grade make sure there reading tecaher is mrs.clay she is the best she'll let your child know what to expect in the real world and she'll let your childs minds go to good work like plays and short stories.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2007
My child has been attending Clissold for two years now. The more he is there, the more negative things I learn about it. The principle picks and chooses what she will fix and what she will sweep under the rug. The stink starts at the head.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2006
School and a great monessorry program. Good principal, gerat teachers. One of the only full day kindergardens

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2006
Clissold offers a montessori program, but student participation is selective and must begin in kindergarten and funding is separate from the rest of the school. There is an International Baclaureate program for the middle school. Updated books are needed. Actual school class sizes aprox 30. Spanish is the foreign language taught. H.S. Algebra is offered to some 8th graders. special ed program is good in theory, but parents have pay close attention to ensure that guidelines are followed. The PTA operates several activities and events. There is a good level of parental involvement. School security is good, but middle school students tend to have conflicts off campus walking home from school. Racial make-up of school is mixed. Some students transfer to private and Catholic schools by 6th grade. Middle school population has a higher percentage of minorities. Regarding teachers; some are dedicated some aren,t.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2006
Montessori program is adequate for a public school and is working hard to become a more cohesive program.

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September 11, 2005
The parent involvement is very high at Clissold. The academics are good but I personally think they pile to much homework and that their teaching is based to pass the ISAT and Iowa tests then it is to teach the children the subject they need to learn. If you have child that work independently and don't have any problems then this is the school for you. If you child lacks in any areas what out because they will most likely be ignored or passed on.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2005
My child has been attending Clissold for a year now, and has shown great improvement. I would recommend this school for anyone looking for a great environment for their kids.

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June 14, 2005
I have 3 children at Clissold School right now. I cannot tell you what a wonderful education they are getting. Every one of the teachers they have had has been excepional. However I do feel that the Parents and students in the Montessori Program feel that they are better than the rest of us. If you want private education pay for it. I think the Principle has on a good job. She is only being critized by those who disagree with her. I do wish that more parents of the traditional program would get involved. If you want your kids to excel send them to Clissold.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2005
I am a 1984 graduate of Clissold and now a parent of two who are current students at Clissold. I am more than pleased with my girls' progress. Their teachers are great and the girls are excelling far beyond my husband's and my expectations. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2004
Clissold is a terrific school. The teachers are outstanding and the administration works hard to make sure that all the children thrive in a positive learning environment. The diverse educational programs make Clissold School unique. Unfortunatley, what makes Clissold unique also makes parents, who do not get their way, bitter and angry. We are fortunate to have a wonderful staff and faculty who are willing to take risks in an effort to take Clissold to the next level. If the parents who commented so negatively in the previous statements are so unhappy, perhaps they should consider sending their children elsewhere. But, I suspect, they would have negative comments about any school where they did not get their way. I hope that more families will take a new look at Cissold School. You will be glad that you did.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2004
Clissold is a once-great school, now in decline. The controlling, uncooperative and, sadly, dishonest principal, along with an LSC under her full control, have created a divisive, acrimonius environment where parents are afraid to speak up. (She yells, even cries, to get her way.) Several parents last year tried to warn us that things were in trouble, when the principal cancelled the 6th grade Montessori program. Unfortunately, many of us did not listen and now the handwriting is on the wall. The teachers at Clissold are generally outstanding, which is why our children are still there. But we have already begun our search for a new school, given that this principal doesn't show any signs of stepping down. Great teachers and smart kids are paying a heavy price for parents' silence. I wish I could sign my name to this, but I fear it would somehow hurt my child there.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2004
In Sept. I attended the Open House expecting the typical motivational speech somewhere along the lines of getting the children to bed early, be on time and provide a quiet environment for homework. Instead our principal showed test scores that disappointed. The 3rd and 6th grades scores were OK considering the area, parental involvement and the high caliber of teachers. However, the 8th grade test scores were an embarrassment. Yet, our principal stood before us and made excuses for the test suggesting that something was wrong with it rather than accepting any blame or having and words of wisdom on how to improve these substandard scores. She stated that the school would be 100% on grade level in 2014. Has it occured to her that unless she makes some changes the same group of students will still be in attendance?

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2004
My experience with Clissold lasted only 2 months which was exactly two months too long! The Clissold Administration consists of individuals who prefer to disregard parents and their concerns instead of working cooperatively together to facilitate positive outcomes for all parties involved. Most disturbing about the school was the principal, who equates being questioned with being criticized, and shows contempt and hostility towards those parents who express interest and concern regarding their child s academic performance.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2004
I have been a parent at Clissold for seven years. My children are enrolled in the Montessori program, and have done extremely well. The Traditional program at Clissold is also academically sound. Unfortunately, the learning environment at the school has been compromised by an unprofessional administration and LSC that have allowed the school to become divided. The comment made by a previous parent is a perfect example. Don't all parents want their children in academically successful programs? Furthermore, Montessori students are a minority population at the school, however it's Montessori parents who hold the majority of PTA, LSC, and coaching positions that make Clissold such a wonderful place for Traditional students. Unfortunately, simple minds have prevailed, it's no wonder that the climate, test scores, and discipline at the school have declined. If you can't handle being at a school with two programs, go to a private school.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2004
We are new parents this year with three students enrolled (in the traditional program). Our children are thriving and we have been impressed by the principal, teachers and staff. They are truly committed to our children and make themselves available for our questions or suggestions. I feel we are listened to and not just humored. The curriculum is challenging and flows from grade to grade very well. As for the other parent's comment regarding Montessori, if you're looking for an elite education, go to a private academy and pay for it! We support the dress code; it makes mornings easier. The homework policy makes our nights a lot easier - if the kids don't want to do their homework, they don't have to. But there is a school-wide policy that says there will be discipline for their decision and I think it's great that they learn cause-and-effect early on!

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2004
I'm a Clissold grad. I also have 2 brothers going there. First of all, let me state how completely ridiculous the principal is there. The rules about detention and even suspension for missing homework are nothing short of absurd. Plus, security there is quite terrible. I used to see people carrying knives, and fights were a regular thing. The ideas for intergrating racial cliques were terribly uneffective. The principal was and still is a complete control freak. The academics there, however, were not bad. Although most kids there failed when I was there anyways, I still managed to learn lots from my experience there.

- submitted by a student

April 01, 2004
Clissold is a great school. My daughter is in kindergarden and is learning things that the suburbs children are just know learning in second grade. The homework policy I feel is a great way to make sure parents are attending to their children and making sure the parents know what their childern are doing. I have great confidence in this school and look forward to many more years there for my child.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
Clissold has its good points, but, unfortunately, the administration has decided it answers to no one when implementing policies, often in direct violation of the Chicago Public Schools' Uniform Discipline Code. The new homework policy is particularly punitive, allowing teachers so much latitude they can actually suspend a student for three 'missing' (including incomplete, incorrect, or late) assignments. (Talk about demoralizing the kids and raising their stress levels!) Over the years our kids have been at Clissold, we have seen discipline deteriorate and busywork increase. The emphasis is on the Sacred Iowa Tests, in order to appease politically-connected superintendants. The Montessori program is not immune to these pressures either, which compromises its curriculum greatly. Parents impressed with the Montessori label would do well to educate themselves about Clissold's program before enrolling their kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
My son is enrolled in the Montessori program offered at Clissold. It is such a wonderful program. The teacher my son has is so sincerely warm to the students, and I am thrilled that my son is in her room. I know other parents that have moved to our community because of this school and this program.

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Clissold Elementary School
2350 West 110th Place, Chicago, IL  60643
(773) 535-2560
Last modified Clissold Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Clissold Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top