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.
I agree with the other Parent...the principle can not handle the children at Clissold...she is rude her self!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School and a great monessorry program. Good principal, gerat teachers. One of the only full day kindergardens
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.
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