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PK-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 1,361

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5255 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60609

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November 19, 2013
Overall, I'm pleased with the curriculum at Beasley. I had four children attend, two in the gufted program and two in the magnet program. My oldest graduated from the gifted program, two years ago and is now a sophomore at Jones College Preparatory H.S. My other three, one in the gifted and the other two magnet program. My daughter in 8th grade gifted program is planning on attending Lindblom. The other two are in the magnet program and the teachers are really good. Beasley offers their students so much. Everything from; football, basketball,cheerleading, annual high school & college fairs, choir, art, band, student council, violin, wood shop/drafting, boys mentoring, dance, swimming, saftey patrol, yearbook, clubs,Cross Country/track, girls softball, drama, chess, girls mentoring program. The school is large but has a family feel, unifirms are required but you'll save money throughout the year because of it (trust me), the focus is on academics only, Championship sports teams, solid leadership. Graduates typically attend the best. & top high schools, including the top catholic high schools, SE public high schools and top charter high schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Beasley is a very good school , especially since this is my child's second year in the CPS school I had doubts about the school system until 8/26/13 now that she attends Beasley , I can most definitely say that she will be a student there until she goes to High School , this is truly a school that prepares the kids for the future beyond elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
Beasley is on its way back to the same School it was in the 80's.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
Personally, I love this school. I have two kids in the gifted program and they are being challenged, go on amazing trips, participate in multiple actvities and are working two grades ahead of their peers. Beasley also offers, Spanish and French and has a full size swimming poopl, which my kids have learned how to swim. Another plus on why I love Beasley is because 8th graders go on to attend the top high schools in Chicago; Payton, Westinghouse, Whitney Young, Jones, Lindblom, Brooks, South Shore Intl College Prep, Urban Prep Aacdemy for Young Men, Kenwood & Noble Network High Schools all have Beasley students in attendance each year.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
Very unprofessional staff, I have tried to complete an IEP for over 8 months. Principal and staff unresponsive.....Lawyers have even tried to get in touch with staff.....no luck...Teachers very disrespectful......and unconcerned

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2011
I have two children at Beasley.I do think that Beasley is not the quality Magnet School that it use to be back in the 80s.I like all of the extra curricular activities that Beasley has to offer, but I am displeased with the rigor of the homework that is assigned to my children.Some of the teachers are good teachers and concerned,but there are many who are very rude to the parents and I take offense to this being a teacher myself. I feel that Beasley is living and thriving from it's former reputation and I do hope that things change for the better in the future.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Beasley is such a great school and have alot of Acedemic Challenges it have excellent teachers strong leadership and strong acedemic programs all of the things for a great school

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2010
In my opinion, which if you were at Beasley nowadays is disappointing. It was my first choice to send my baby. Unless you have connections with the principal and the hellions, then you are okay, gifted or not-gifted. The principal exhibits partiality in the worst way and ignores issues with incompetent staff and teachers. Not a school of distinction anymore? RUN!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
Beasley isn't doing enough for our children. It isn't what it used to be in the 80's. Please check out Walt Disney Magnet School, just 10 mins. from downtown. Disney's gifted program is way better;Adv. Math and Adv. language/Reading, science lab plus students study Chinese daily. Disney offer its regular students Art, recess, science lab, animation, music(general/band/Disney Choir, P.E., Chinese language & Culture(weekly), Library and Computer Education. Disney has 1600 students (Prek-8). Their test scores is 85%-90%. Disney offer after school til 3pm-6pm for working parents & athletics program: Flag Football, Baskball, Golf, Volleyball, cheerleading, Track&Field,Dance. They also offer summer day camp and a summer program for gifted students. This is what Beasely used to be and should still be.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
Overall, I am pleased with the curriculum at Beasley given that this is my son's first year. There are some disciplinary issues with children in my son's class but I think that discipline should start at home. There is only so much a teacher can do. Great school though!!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
My child is currently a student at Beasley. I originally selected this school because according to the report cards this school seemed academically on par, but just as importantly, they offered many other activities like band, drafting, swimming, spanish, etc.. Overall, I think Beasley is an average school. Other reviewers are correct when they talk about how rude some of the staff can be. This is a very large school and may be too large for its own good. There have been some great teachers in my opinion, but we have had at least one really bad teacher. The gifted program seems to be great and is handled separately from the rest of the school. I suspect that the gifted program really helps bring the schools score averages up. They don't encourage volunteering in your childs classroom. There is room for improvements.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
My daughter attends Beasley also. Overall I am very pleased with the teachers. There are some who are demotivating and act as if the children there don't deserve a quality education, however, in life, there will always be a few thorns. My daughter thus far has kept her above average ISAT.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2010
My son attends this school. Some teachers are wonderful. Others there for the check. Curriculum and textbooks are great. The students, however, leave a lot to be desired. 2nd and 3rd grade students were fluent in cursing, bullying, and lack discipline. The teachers at Beasley have a tough time disciplining students because classrooms are overloaded with students dealing with 'adult issues'. There are just some things I do not wish to 'rub off' on my child like using profanity to recite the ABC'c being one of them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
My son goes to Beasley and iits a very challenging school he has to take 8 periods and every since he has been going to Beasley his test scores has improved

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August 21, 2009
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June 16, 2009
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no rating April 01, 2009
My son has attended Beasley since the fourth grade and my feelings have been up and down. I can honestly say that the Some teachers actually care. They will call home, give extra work in troubled areas, and even offer information about tutoring whereas some teachers are only there for a check. Those are the ones I feel should be fired! However, I feel that Beasley is preparing my child for succesful high school years. The work is very challenging and brings out the best in the students. Hopefully Beasley will stop paying the main office staff to be rude to parents. Overall, Beasley is still distinguished with academic values but the classes are too large.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
My little sister attend this school and I feel the teachers are stern and straight foward, She has shown great improvement and seems to be enjoying Beasley quite well. I believe its one of the best schools in chicago!!

- submitted by a community member
February 24, 2009
I enjoyed Beasley alot..I am a former student class of 2008...I was in every club, sport, and activity and still able to manage an a and b report card in 8th grade...Beasley has prepared me for my future, becuase of this school i was able to get in one of the top schools in the city. St. Ignatius College Prep. It was a big change for me because Beasley was mostly Afrcian American and Ignatius is mostly white...I dont get discouraged nor do I feel different..My success and my grades from Beasley got me to where I am today, a successful women

- submitted by a student
no rating November 13, 2008
I am a current parent and former Beasley Bee and I think the school is doing a great job at providing quality education for our children. There is always going to be a person where ever you go who has a complaint or issue but do you become a part of the problem or the solution? I wished we as parents would do a better job at assessing situations and no reacting emotionally if things don't go our way. All our children are gifted...it is up to us to nuture them as best we can with what we have and Beasley allows top quality education in a public school enviornment. Keep it up....the scores are great!

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November 05, 2008
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July 17, 2008
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June 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 10, 2008
Beasley is not what it used to be. Six years ago it would have been seen as 'the school of distinction' but not now. The staff are very rude. I absolutely hate it when I need to call up to the school to get information to my daughter. The teachers don't return your calls until 3-4 days later. I would not recommend anyone to put their child in Beasley. I visited Van de Pool school, and the teachers there are really concerned about the students education. A big difference from Beasley; where teachers don't seem to care about the students education.

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April 09, 2008
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February 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
I am a parent of a former Beasley bee, and a current easley bee, and both of my children have done well at easley. I am very pleased with the overall quality of the educators that my kids have had while attending easley. The current music program (excellent- thank you mrs Davis!) mrs howard's dance program when she was there - the best, thank you Beasley for all you do!

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October 10, 2007
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August 22, 2007
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August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
My daughter attended the 3yr old class at Beasley Child-Parent Center. As a first time mom it was extremely frustrating when I began my search for school after dayare to find that most PreK programs are half days and technically I'm not sure of how 8-10:30a w/breakfast and lunch qualifies for a half day, but that's how it goes at Beasley. I feel that she did learn a great deal because she's smart and eager to learn. She was so excited her first day. I guess I was suprised at how many children were not at all looking forward to separating from their parent. As long as she was sure that I was coming back for her, she was all good. The only real problem for myself was that the 1st teacher started out w/was awesome.But she left. I wish they had more classroom time, but overall she's excelling well.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
Beasley the 'School of Distinction' isn't what it used to be. My son attended the school for first, and second grade and both times I was disappointed. The teachers are lazy, and always absent. They never have a regular curriculum for the substitute to follow. The administration invites you to participate in your child's education, but when you start asking questions about homework, graded assignments, and the teachers attendance you are a problem. Your child may benefit from this school if he/she is considered gifted, but an average child doesn't stand a chance. As far as music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities, they are available, but the younger children really aren't benefiting. Spanish and swimming was a joke, along with piano and the lunch was always horrible. These words come from two very involved parents who were not looking for perfection, but dedication.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
Beasley academic center has lost it. This school once was an school of distinction about 10 yrs. Ago but now this school is horrible the staff care more about discipline then learning the principal is excellent but teachers and other fellow staff members are horrible. This school has lost its name the teachers make the school and the students

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February 23, 2007
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October 25, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 16, 2006
My son is in his second year in the Regional Gifted Program at Beasley and I am thoroughly pleased with the whole program. I am glad that his former school recognized that while he was in kindergarten he needed something more than they could give him. He has had the same teacher for 2 years now and he seems to like his teacher and fellow classmates. Now if I can get him interested in some kind of extracurricular activities then I'll have it made.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Beasley has been very good for my granddaughter. She entered at 1st grade and had a wonderful year. She was on the honor roll, maintained perfect attendance, and completed many interesting projects. I watched her reading fluency soar! We will miss her excellent 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Jackson. I wish there was more working parents could do to volunteer off campus.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My daughter is in her second year (2nd grade) in the Regional Gifted Program and so far so good. On avg, she has at least an hour of homework each day (sometimes more, hardly ever less) and she is req'd to complete several reports and projects each year (in first grade, one of her papers req'd a bibliography!), but a challenging curriculum was what she needed! There are several clubs,programs & extra curricular activities to participate in (my daughter plays the violin); they also have chess and dance, just to name a few. My daughter has had the same teacher for two years in a row (a double bonus!) and the parents are very involved, in fact this program demands consistent parental involvement! Overall, I am very pleased with this school! Did I mention that I graduated from Beasley! Many of the same faces are still there!

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August 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
I have been thoroughly pleased with the Gifted program. The teachers are well equipped and challenging for the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
If you are a committed parent then your child will do well at Beasley. Beasley's academics are suffering because of lack of parental involvement. It is very difficult for a teacher to be a disciplinarian and a teacher simultaneously. Parents must discipline and enforce school rules while encouraging and participating in the child's daily assignments. I am a Beasley alum and my daughter will be going into eight grade. I feel confident that she will get accepted to any high school of her choice when she leaves Beasley.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
i am a 5 th grade student at beasley. it is a wonderful school and the teachers are really didicated to their work. all students have many chances to get into different programs such as spanish, dance, band, ect,. that is not the problem.i personally think the problem is that the school teaches the student more discipline than anything. we can't talk in the morning. no gum chewing, walk on square two!thats it.

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May 21, 2006
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May 19, 2006
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April 17, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 28, 2006
I graduated from this school and I compare what I had to my children's education and Beasley is wonderful. I encountered diversity at a young age as well as academic rigor and exposure to the arts..(dance, band, art). I enjoyed Beasley and the excellence of the teachers and administrators. I think Beasley can out shine any private school out here.

- submitted by a former student
March 21, 2006
While Beasley A.C. has a ton of activities along with their academic program, the school is just way too crowded for the students to actually benefit from the programs. The gifted program, in which we have been ivolved, is currently under reconstruction. I don't think that the administration completely thought out the changes in the program and the children are suffering because of it. The administration welcomes parental involvement, but only when it does not directly involve the child's classroom or teacher. This could be a great school if the administration would clean house.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 10, 2006
My daughter attends Beasley and although I think it is a good school, the pressure and amount of homework put on a nine-year-old 4th grader is outrageous.

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January 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
I attended Beasley Academic Center and graduated in year 2000. I remember and will always treasure the education I received at Beasley. It definitely prepared me for high school because we started switching classes in the sixth grade. Learning to manage different teachers with different personalities as a sixth grader was tough. I will send my children to Beasley most definitely. I'm a Beasley Bee. B-believe in yourself. E-examine your work when you finish. A-apply all that you learn today. S-select a quiet place to do your work. L-learn all that you can today. E-evaluate each answer you give. Y-you have a bright future and have a great day. I learned that in the first grade and had to say it everyday before the pledge or after I don't remember that well. Beasley is an excellent choice to send your child or referral.

- submitted by a former student
December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2005
I was a student of Beasley, which i had been since preschool, and i have no regrets at all. Beasley taught me a lot and really prepared me for high school. The teachers are great and the academics are excellent. It showed to be a school that teaches students responsibility and a lot of discipline. If i could do it all over again i would definently go back. I now attend one of the top ranked schools in Chicago and i owe it all to Beasley.

- submitted by a former student
October 24, 2005
I am a parent of 3 children who have been student here at Beasley. My oldest is a recent graduate of the class of 2005 and because of the skills she learned at Beasley, she is adjusting VERY WELL at her new high school. Beasley may not be perfection (However, NO school is). My children are successful because of the values and discipline taught at home. Teachers have only one job, to teach the subject at hand. It is my job to make sure my children are encouraged to listen, pay attention, and remain respectful. I have 2 of my children still at Beasley and I have worked VERY HARD and will continue to encourage my children to do their very best in order to achieve high academic and character standards. Beasley is what you as a parent want it to be.

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September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 21, 2005
I just recently graduated from Beasley in 2004. Overall, I consider it a wonderful school. The teachers there are so dedicated to their work and their students, and the extracurricular activities that they have added, I would say that I am a little jealous beacause of the fact that they didn't have those activities when I attended the school. So, parents if you are thinking about letting your child attend Beasley, then I would say that it is a good choice, and I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a former student
June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
I graduated from Beasley in 1994. I can honestly say that I value the quality of education and its fostering of advancement to this day. My elementary education set the standard for the next decade. I relocated to the south after graduation, and have since then graduated from college. It was my times at Beasley that made me want to achieve-and with the confidence that I had while there, I always knew that I could. Under the leadership of Mr. McNerny and Ms. McLemore I left Beasley with so much drive and encouragment to pursue future goals.

- submitted by a former student
April 22, 2005
I was also a part of the class of 2002. The Beasley faculty make sure that they keep you on your toes. Your children will be learning while having fun! I miss all of the teachers and I thank them for giving me the skills I need in society. Beasley is a WONDERFUL school and a GREAT place for your child to learn!

- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 27, 2004
I graduated from Beasley in 2002 and I am very proud of my school I miss it so much. Beasley is a great school but you also need to motivate your kids to be ready for the environment. They make sure that your child is prepared for the future and no child is left out. Beasley is a GREAT school there is no doubt about that.

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October 06, 2004
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July 27, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
July 19, 2004
Like all schools you can't just leave all teaching to the teachers, it takes us parents to do our part. My son is going to the 3rd grade, his grades were good however his conduct needed little help, that's my problem not the school, they did there part my son came in with good grades and he's kept good grades do to good teaching. I too went to Beasley, yes things have changed, but to me in a good way they(teachers & staff) are doing a very good job. We as parents need to just do our part.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2004
I have 2 children in 2 different 3rd grade classes, there are were well over 33 children in each class, there's no way a child can get special help from the teacher with this many children in 1 classroom.

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March 30, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 15, 2003
Parent/Teacher Involvement is greatly emphasized at Beasley. The recent principal change two years ago along with teacher changes has upgraded the ability for Beasley to meet its commitment to educate its students. The most successful students have consistent parental and teacher support.

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Beasley Elementary Magnet Academic Center
5255 South State Street, Chicago, IL  60609
(773) 535-1230
Last modified Beasley Elementary Magnet Academic Center is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Beasley Elementary Magnet Academic Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top