This is a great school. If your children want to hone their academic skill, this school is definitely a right choice. As to limited extracurricular activities it is quite understandable due to the ever lean public school funding. It is always better to have a school use their resources well on one or several areas than just superficially touch upon many things with mediocre performance. Besides, parents can always input many such activities that you think necessary to ensure a well-round education for your children.
Decatur is supposed to be one of the best public schools in Chicago. The school has lots of potentials (parent involvement and motivated students) but it has a lot of limitations. We think that the school is not teaching student as a whole child, but mainly teaching the subjects to maintain its high test score. With only 1 class per grade, from KG to 6th grade, the class size is still pretty big, 29-30 kids in the early grades per class (less students in later grades). Although music class is available, sports and extracurricular activities are limited to almost nothing. No art class offerred. No cafeteria (children will eat in the classroom or gym). Limited access to the faculties. In the end, the school is still the best bargain in the city (and the state perhaps).
Decatur Classical School is an exceptional place. Our neighborhood school couldn't support our son's needs,and he was saddened that more of his peers didn't share his interests. At Decatur, we've found a new home with great friends, parents and teachers. The only issue for us is that it ends at 6th grade.
Doesn't live up to the hype. Teaches only to the test and lacks interests in a child's overall well being. A school in decline.
The best thing this school has going for it is the children who attend it. The many old guard teachers are so stuck in the past and resistant to change that they prevent this school from being all that it could and should be. The newer or more open-minded teachers and administration are energetic and well-intended, but lack the power to take control. Too few parents are involved, too many are detached, and without a unified front, they are ineffective and are not heard as a credible voice by either the teachers or the administration, playing right into the hands of those who would keep things as they are. The lack of a unified vision has hog-tied the LSC. The PTA does it's able-best to stay motivated and focus on the children, despite the tug-of-war this school has become. How these children continue to thrive is a credit to the children alone.
I am extremely impressed with the school. The students are engaged in learning, and the teachers are excellent.
This is a great school! The students are engaged in the course work whole-heartedly. One reason for this is that the course materials are more inspiring and interesting. Another reason is that the teachers themselves are enthusiastic about teaching in this school. Besides, the children in this school need to pass an initial test first. And childrens passing this test are mainly from families who put great emphasis on education and achievements. So overall, I feel it is a great school in term of knowledge education.
The quality of teaching at Decatur Classical Elementary School is excellent.
An amazing program that does so much with so little. Children learn basic academics, along with Latin, music and art. The develop wonderful study and research skills and independence.
This school has a great program. But i find that more homework goes to the parents! There is always so much sent home to read and do and sometimes it is hard to keep up with their daily, weekly, and monthly activities. But I think it is a great school with lots to offer young children.
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