Coonley is a neighborhood CPS school that has undergone a fabulous transformation under the guidance of the principal, Kennedy-Karthaiser, and the Vice principal. Coonley provides that rare mix of a nurturing environment that is attentive to its students emotional, scholastic and developmental needs. I truly believe that Mrs Kennedy-Karthaiser knows each of the 300+ students by name and strives to ensure that each one is given the opportunity to reach their optimum potential. We are so lucky to have the good fortune of having our son attend Coonley and are keeping our fingers crossed that the sibling match will allow his younger brother to benefit as well.
We love Coonley! My daughter is in the Kindergarten for the new Options (gifted) program. It's a wonderful program! The classroom is large, warm & inviting & the teacher is fantastic with the kids. My daughter comes home from school every day excited about learning!! The school day is full of activity -- French, Science Lab, Gym, Art, Music, Recess (a rare find in CPS!). Parents are highly involved in the school and Coonley has a great non-profit (Friends of Coonley) that raises funds for much needed extras (like Spanish for the neighborhood program). Coonley is on it's way to being a top school in Chicago!!
My son is attending preschool here this fall. Though he hasn't started yet, I am impressed with their philosophy and quality of the program. It is exactly the kind of program I have been looking for. The teachers (and all the staff) seem very invested in the children and are highly qualified. This school was just designated a Regional Gifted Center in the city. This, along with their large grant and huge community of involved parents are certain to insure this school will just keep improving.
Coonley seems well run. The principal is successfully attracting interest and investment in the school. It has a small enrollment, 300 or 400 kids, including a substantial community of special needs children.
The quality of teachers and administrators and the fact that the school is a relatively small intimate learning environment make Coonley and very good school. Add to this the involvement of the community through The Friends of Coonley and increased parental support and it is well on the way to being a great school.
We are new to Coonley and are very happy with all the staff. We have had a great experience since day one. With great communication with teachers, aids and principals. As a special ed and regular ed parent I recommend this school highly! Thank you to all at Coonley great job!
My children have attended Coonley's excellent pre-K program. The principal and vice-principal , teachers, parents, LSC, PTO and Friends of Coonley organization are putting forth tremendous effort to improve the school. Fundraising is accelerating. Test scores are improving. If momentum continues Coonley has the potential to become a top-tier Chicago neighborhood school.
Coonley has far and beyond met our expectations. We are very happy with the positive momentum taking place at the school. There has been tremendous positive improvement in the administration, the community and parent involvement and the perception of the school. It is a relatively small school, by CPS standards, such that getting 'lost in the shuffle' is a very low risk. We generally couldn't be more pleased.
My daughter started kindergarten this year at Coonley Elementary and I think it is a great school. The administration is great and so are the teachers. The class sizes are great also. I am happy that we choose to send her to Coonley. I can't wait to see all the improvements that are in store for 2008 at Coonley with the $3.75 M it just received. This school is one of the up and coming schools on the north side to keep your eye on.
This is our second year at Coonley and we continue to be impressed more every year. The school has big plans for renovations this year which will serve to physically enhance the facility. We have found the principal, teachers and staff to all have our child's best interest at heart. The children are lovely and the class sizes small. We really couldn't be happier.
I am astudent at this school. My Scored a 93 on the on the the ISAT test and 98 on the IOWA test.But I dont like this shool. The best teachers are Ms.Damman Mrs.Asher Ms.Ortiz Mrs.Lawler. So please dont send your students here.
Coonley school has been my childs school from 1st grade now going into 5th. I believe with all my heart that the teachers and staff have the best interest of the child at heart. I go to work with a sense of security that my child is safe and cared for properly. The emphasis on reading is what I appreciate the most. Reading is important along with math and at Coonley they are right on top of the subjects. The teachers, at least for the 4 my child has had are dedicated and have a dynamic energy that makes me proud. Coonley is a great school. This year I can imagine will bring more improvements as Coonley has welcomed a new principal and vice principal. Mr. Ruyack was great and we wished him well as he retired. So far so good.
The teachers at Coonley also teach the children to be better people. This has helped one of my children to open up to others. The children (because of the teachers)are taught patients, to help others and just to be kind. I cannot say enough good things about the teachers there.I have come in contact with about 8 teachers and have only meet one that I did not care for her style.
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