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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 1,575
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4140 N Marine Dr
Chicago, IL 60613

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(773) 534-5840
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November 22, 2014
This is my daughter's first quarter at Walt Disney and so far the school has been absolutely great! She is on the Honor Roll and loves going to school every day. The student body is diverse and representative of the city. As a parent, I've had only positive interactions with her teachers as well as the administration. My daughter is being challenged on a daily basis; which is what a great school should do. She attended a small school beforehand and we found no problem with her transition. Good job Disney!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
School is very cruel Principal is a drill sergeant docent let kids go out front too Get picked up from the inside schools have many problems some teachers are very rude

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
Principal is a drill sargent, she has no business working with children. Principal will not work with parents or teachers. It is her way or the highway. Principal has no understanding of children and early childhood development. Principal has a representation that proceeds her, when I bring up Disney Magnet School on Marine Drive, I have had CPS teachers, speech therapists, social workers, special education teachers, all complain about the Disney Magnet School principal. Teachers who work at Disney are under allot of stress, due to the principal. That is no way to work. If teachers are stressed and treated poorly by the principal,how do you expect them to have patience with children?

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
Fell out of love with Disney. Tremendous emphasis on testing, and not much in the way of enrichment programs even though the school is well-funded. Other schools offer a diversity of before- and after-school activities. Now that school starts at 7:30 a.m., the students walk around in a haze. It's unfair to expect the same level of performance when kids are fatigued.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2014
I have one graduate student and one upcoming 5th grader . About the teachers , they are all gifted , very hard working and helpful except for a few (new) The principal knows how to run the school .I'm very impressed. 8 years have been awesome. The school offers lot of activities and I've been happy and looking forward for the coming years. Good luck Disney I gave you a child and you gave me a star back!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
I am disappointed with how this school has gone down hill. Had a child there who graduated and was considering enrolling our other child. Convinced my sister to transfer their children out of there. The principal is a drill sargent and only cares about money. If parents dont agree with her she will not work with you. If you are one of her puppets then she is your best friend! I am sorry I let my child stay there so long, but glad they are done. This school is not challenging the students to their fullest. There are some good teachers but the principal is the same way with her staff, do what she says and play by her rules or your out. Just ask some of the teachers who have challenged her. Good luck to future parents who enroll their children there for this school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
Both of our children graduated from Walt Disney Magnet School. Our experience was positive; the teachers were great and the administrative team was tough but fair. Our children thrived in the POD environment and loved having classmates from all over the world. Our children were recommended to the gifted program but we turned down the offers (We did not see the need for the extra work.) Our son was accepted to North Side College Prep and our daughter was accepted to Lane Tech. They are doing very well and have great memories about their grade school years.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
The school is big and frantic but I think it prepares children for what big city life workforce is all about. The priniciple, although super tough, really does care about the kids. I guess you can't be too soft when you are running such a large school or it would probably be a disaster. They need to make improvements on how to properly and efficiently get the kids out to recess and anything else that involves free time. Also, like anywhere else, there are a few teachers who can use an attitude adjustment. One in particular, the art teacher. Very good school.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
My school is too noisy and too large. Not enough, none in fact, attention is given to processes involved in solving complicated math problems. Teachers have too much to do in a short amount of time. More teacher training is especially needed with language classes and math. Inexperienced instructors need more guidance. Parents are working overtime to make up for the deficiencies.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
This school has gone down the tubes. We've been there for 5 years and it used to be excellent. It just isn't the same this year. No recess, silent lunches, no running allowed on playground. I'm just sick of it. We have to move, I think. It's such a shame.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
At Walt Disney Magnet School, I have no problems with the teachers but lower grade administration is not helpful at all. Loved this school last year but extremely disappointed this year. It is very disheartening and I'm definitely going to try for different school for my kids next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
WEI enrolled my daughter for Walt Disney I in 2008/2009 year.The classroom teacher was nice,unfortunately the specials teachers were not.I witnessed the art teacher, the tall, in her late 50s,who wears a lot of accessories and long red nails asking kindergarten children hold their hands up, my assumption was " she must be putting stamps or stickers of some kind.No, she slapped each 5 year olds hands with her gigantic accessorised hand.I held back my tears and upon pick up told a couple of parents of that pod. I tried to write this review, but the site hadn't let it post, was kept blocking.I pulled out my child the next year.I still regret having sent my child through the traumatizing long experience. Also saw sub.teacher yelling at kindergartners to walk down the stairs in soldier style, making corners. The pod layout as my friend said it " worse than a third world country"

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Our daughter attended Walt Disney and was very happy with it. We care about her education and she transferred from a renowned private school. We were thrilled when she was chosen. She attended from third to sixth grade. She was 'placed' just below the gifted level. She was inspired by her teachers. She was on the Disney track team. In sixth grade, with the recommendations of her teachers, she was accepted into the gifted program for sixth grade and learned Chinese. She took the Academic Center tests, along with other Disney Students. As a result, she was accepted to Whitney Young's Academic Center. We regret that the current Mayor is diverting funding from good Chicago Public Schools. This may put more stress on educators and impact the quality. However, enough about my opinion on the poor oversight of Chicago Charter Schools. Each grade is broken down into home rooms, where the students are taught. Some home rooms focus on those to whom English is a second language, while another may work with more challenged students. We were very satisfied with Disney. Our daughter is now a Freshman in high school. No regrets. We'd do it again if we had the chance.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
I thought when I my child got into Disney that this was going to be a great experience and opportunity for him. It has not been. Kindergarten was fine. But I must say once the kids get to second grade the teachers openly admit that they yell at kids! The kids coming here majority seem to have discipline problems and the kids who really count and the school cares about are the gifted students. I am sure the positive views are from gifted parents. I also had a teacher openly admit that she does not do guided reading, had not heard my child read, nor could even tell me about my child's comprehension level. The students are also in a very tense environment with many rules in a chaotic environment. The technology is sub par, having a smart board and iPads is not special it is normal to be in every classroom now. The school does not pay for any special websites for kids to do extra learning. It is also very hard to contact teachers and to communicate with floor directors. I have once called everyday for three weeks before I finally got a hold of a floor director. Save your time and energy to invest in a school that really cares about kids and makes learning fun with high test scores.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
My child had a negative experience there that hurt his confidence and his love of learning. He started in 1th and I had to pull him out at the end of 7 th. yes! Very late and he was upset. There are so many kids like any other CPS school but teachers are pushed to do miracles they do what they can. And communication with most of them is impossible. They will just tell you "the kid has to study mam" they have no tutoring or any help (except if the child is in the gifted program ) . Kids fall in alternative programs when they can't catch up but there are not meetings w parents to solve the problem. I noticed my son was behind but I couldn't send him out of the school to get help like many of us. Kids than end up with IEP are considered lazy and treated as such. I looked for help for 2 years until finally one person heard me out but still i wonder about others who are struggling. teachers are not allowed to be them and grow and that same feeling is share with the students who are yelled at all times. Communication and involvement and genuine love of teaching plus lets just say appreciation for teachers is needed.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
It's a good school the teachers are great and my daughter she's learning a lot and she's happy to go to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
My daughters school is Walt Disney Magnet School. this school is one of the best schools in Chicago. they interact with the children and the parents and teachers involved in their learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Love ...love ...love Walt Disney Magnet School!!! The teachers challenge the students in a fun way... My daughter absolutely loves waking up every morning and going to school. The principal is strict but, hey that's what the kids need and it works! GREAT JOB to the staff and Dr. Hagstrom.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
My daughter has had great teachers and learned so much in her two years at Disney. I definitely feel she is getting a good education along with some great extras-science arts this year is a fantastic addition. She enjoys coming to school every day. We love the diversity too. This school represents the city well. That being said, there is tension in the school. It is extremely large and everything must run like clockwork for there not to be chaos. This is why things may seem stricter than other schools. I know there is debate on Dr Hagstrom and whether her method of managing the school is the best or not. It can't be an easy job. I hope she realizes her teachers/staff are the face of the school. It pays to keep them happy. A more collaborative approach with them rather than a dictatorial one could prove most helpful. I want this to continue to be a school my daughter wants to attend.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
This school is insane! The administration terrorizes their staff with unbelievable expectations. The classrooms are noisy, slammed with children, and a difficult place for learning. The discipline problems in this school are like no where else I have seen and the administration's lack of follow through only makes it worse. I would never send my child here. The teachers are great and talented but they are placed in a situation in which they are going to fail one way or another. BE CAREFUL!

- submitted by a teacher
September 04, 2012
I have two children at Disney, my daughter is a 4th grader and my son is in 1st grade gifted; both my children started at Disney as 3 year olds in the Tuition Based Pre-School. The teachers, staff and administration have always been great to my kids and my family. Some of our closest friends are other Disney families. My daughter and son have each been challenged by their respective curriculums. Whenever I have had concerns about my children's academic performance, their teachers have always addressed them and we worked together to help my children improve. Whenever my children have been hurt or gotten sick at school, I get a call immediately and my worry is alleviated because I know that the nurse or clerks will take care of my children until I can get them. Before enrolling your child at Disney, be sure to tour the school and make sure it's a good fit for you and your child. Academics always comes first at Disney. It's a large school with a lot of rules and an open learning environment (Pod system). It's up the each family to make connections with other families. Many things that work at small schools do not work at Disney. Ask lots of questions before enrolling your child.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
My son was challenged in Kindergarten. Differentiated reading groups helped him read. Our son's teacher was excellent in making sure he was challenged and even went beyond the scheduled coursework to make sure the class was ahead. They do MAPS testing to find out the individual students strengths and weaknesses in math and reading. Many after school activities and field trips. Very impressed with the teamwork that is involved here. Floor directors are responsive to parent's concerns. They are stricter on rules here since it is approx. 1600 students but it works to make sure there is order in the student population. The diversity of the student body is a definite plus. It is a good representation of the many cultures in Chicago. I'm proud to have my son be part of this academic community.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
I was initially very excited about Disney. There are indeed some good teachers. However, I have found the school to be diifficult, offensive and poor in terms of dealing with my son who has a physical ailment. I was terribly disappointed in the treatment given to him, as well as towards me. I have also seen teachers screaming at children, which was unreal. In my opinion, there seem to be some significant cultural orientations towards power over relationship and I seriously question staff morale at the school. Many staff, both teachers and administrators seem angry. It is too bad, as I was really hoping for more. Also, agree with others that non gifted classes are not so strong.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
My son started with the school this year (in Kindergarten) and we are very pleased so far. His teacher is great and the principal is an amazing leader (I haven't seen any unfriendliness but she does come across as no-nonsense, which I think is an asset in a school this size). We have felt very welcome with the school and I like the disciplined approach. We were worried about my son not adjusting well to the pod system because he has always been sensitive to loud noises but he has not had any issues with it. I was surprised at the homework and focus on testing so early but I don't think that is specific to this school--that's just the way things are these days. I wish the kids in the tuition based afterschool got some extras such as Chinese or chess. Also it would be nice if they taught language to non-gifted classrooms, but I understand the need to focus on the basics. Overall we are very happy and our son has learned a lot and made some good friends.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
I have two children here and this is my third year with Disney and I would recommend Disney to anyone! Every year that I have been here, they have introduced new programs and software to help the children succeed. Their emphasis on eduction, supervision, and technology is unmatched as far as I am concerned. There has not been a meeting that I have attended where the principal didn't take a few minutes to stop by and speak to parents and ask if they have any questions or concerns for her. She is amazing! The only concern that I have is their policy on small siblings at the school. Every event, (graduations, fairs, award ceremonies, orientation, etc), has a strict no children under five policy. This is a huge problem for me as I have two small children and literally no family and friends in Chicago. In all fairness, I do believe there are parents for this and they do record the events for you. You just have to pay $15 for them. With that being said, I still plan to have all my kids attend Disney! Seriously though, this school has re-built my faith in the public school system! The teachers and principals here are excellent! 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
My daughter attended Disney for four years. She was placed in a classroom based upon her scores for comprehension. She eventually was placed in the gifted program. She wrote a letter in Msndarin Chinese to a pen pal in China and received a response. We never felt resources were that diminished during the three years she was not in the gifted program. She never expressed that she was distracted by the pods. She actually liked the open floor plan. Due to excellent preparation and optimism by a committed teaching staff, she was accepted to Young Academic Center. We enjoyed her participation on both the track and soccer teams. The art program was has a deserved great reputation along with an elective and theater programs. There is a PTA for parents who wish to meet other parents and create community. Our daughter thrived at Disney Magnet.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
We have two children at Disney and they both love the school. The accelerated classes offer Chinese, but after a few years I expected my older child to, at least, be able to speak in phrases, not just single words, as this is how language is learned. The open pod system can be difficult for some children-- it can get noisy in the pods, especially if teachers don't control their classes. I've spoken with more than a few parents who have mentioned that their child(ren) are having problems staying focused because of the noise level in the pods. There are lots of parents/relatives helping out in classrooms. I've heard a few complaints from parents whose children are not in the accelerated program that too many resources are devoted to that program. I question what resources they are speaking of: daily Chinese class; an annual special project and one assembly associated with that special project are the extent of expended resources that I see. The daily Chinese class is incorporated into the standard schedule... not as extra time devoted to these children. Teachers have been, mostly, excellent; executive staff can be a bit autocratic/unresponsive -this seems true at most CPS schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
My son has been in this school since kindergarten and I love it... He is in the gifted program and I couldn't be happier... The teachers are terrific (well perhaps except a few.. No names need it)... I am very pleased with this school and I plan to have him there until the 8th grade! :-D

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2010
I have not been happy at Disney. My son is now in first grade and we are going to transfer him out to a different school. The pods are too much for him to process and the school itself is overwhelming in size. Academically, I think it is a decent school, but not as good as it could be.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
This is our second year and we love it. The principal clearly loves this school and loves the kids. My daughter is learning so much more than just the standard curriculum. I am so proud to be part of the Disney Family!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
It has a wonderful and diverse student population, with excellent educational programs, enhanced by teachers who care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Professionalism from the top down. Best school principal! Best teachers! Awesome opportunities at this school for enrichment. I have experience at some of the top private schools, and this public magnet school is better than some of those. I'm proud my daughter attends this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
This is my daughter first year at Disney and I must say it has been very challenging for her. At her previous school she was an A student now her grades have slipped alot. I must say her teacher Ms. Parks is wonderful and has helped out alot. I was considering transfering her but she loves this school. So I am going to give this school another year and hopefully, everything goes well.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
My older son started Kindergarten this year, and we love it. His teachers are amazing and easy to communicate with. I was concerned at first about the open classroom plan, but most of the kids don't seem to have a problem with it. I get to volunteer a couple times a month in the class and am always impressed by how well his teacher handles her class and the noise level. The teachers also understand his need to wiggle and have been very accommodating. His focus has improved a lot since the fall. We chose this school over the other lottery choices we got because of the variety of activities (sports, music, art) and their integeration of art into the learning process, but we feel that we've gotten so much more.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
I have my two boys at Disney School and I am very happy with the accelaration of their curriculum. Both of my boys are bright and according to the topics and homework that they bring home I could tell that the teachers take them to the next level. As a teacher, I am very watchful of what is going on at Disney and I noticed that the teachers are always working so hard. Although I can't be there in the morning to actually see what the kids are involved in, from conversations with parent volunteers I know that the school is wonderful. The staff at Disney is warm and friendly to parents and kids. The school is diverse which is great for kids to be part of. As a teacher and parent I give Disney an A++

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
My daughter has special needs and has been attending Disney since 1st grade. I have to say that the new push for full inclusion or full self contained is the wrong move. I am very disappointed with the new move, my daughter is struggling being in the regular ed. classroom all day. When asked for assistance I get a run down of all the children the special education teacher has and how hard she is working ( should that matter?). When asked for different placement I was told that she will have to go in a self contained class that has children who have major learning issues, my daughter just need some extra help and a slower pace, does this seem fair to take her away from all of her peers because she need more time and attention? I will probably remove my daughter from this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 17, 2008
My daughter is in the Gifted Program and I have to say that I love this program. It is challenging, fun & most of all the teacher are fantastic! I am amazed eveyday of the lessons learned that my daughter comes home to discuss. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
It is an excellent school. They have an accelerated class (1 grade ahead) which also has Chinese.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
My son and daughther go to Disney and they love it. It is a great school and awesome teachers! I highly recommend it....

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2008
The comunication between Teachers and Parents is very poorly. This particular year I'm very disapointed with the school. I'll give the school 1 start.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
This is our daughter's first year in the third grade. The teachers noticed her ability. She took her initial Stanford Learning test in week one. She was bumped up to a different home room. The pod system allowed for that flexibility and makes transition easier. All students are given the Stanford three times each year. The school's layout seems to rival and exceed some grammar schools on the Northshore. If you live in Chicago and pretend that magnet schools like Disney, Hawthorn, Stone and Wildwood are without merit, then your children lose out as well as your pocketbook. There is diversity, but the staff appreciates that it needs to work with children at all levels. There are children that make it into the gifted and more advanced home rooms in the pods. We can bike to school on the Lakefront, then I continue to work in the Loop.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
It is my daughters first year and so far I feel that it is a great school. The teachers are very attentive and nice. The acedemic part seems very well put together. Over all I think my daughter and myself are very happy here!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
I think the Disney School is the best one in Chicago; my grandchildren have thrived since going there. I currently have 2 granddaughters going to Disney and one (who is handicapped) will graduate in '08 happily. She has gone to Disney since 1st grade and loves it there; so does her younger sister. Their older brother went there from 3rd grade to 8th and graduated in '05 and did excellently. He's in his 2nd year of H.S. now and is still in the accelerated classes there as a result of Disney teaching etc. Disney is the best!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
This school is real good! I have postive feedback for this school. Yes Disnel has Open room (or pods as they call it) as their setting but this may not be for everyone. Some kids don't have a very good attention span for this kind of learning enviroment. Parent involment is always welcome but it is up to the parents to do so! I have witnessed that the parent involement in the gifeted programs to be more active than in other class rooms.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2007
Disney was a great experience for me. There was nothing negative about the teachers. They're just direct.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2007
My child was in the K gifted class this year. The teacher was wonderful, skilled, and trained to work with gifted kids. it was obvious during the year that there were children who would have done better in a less demanding classroom within the pod. The open pod setup was too loud and I was surprised to hear about (and witness) the use of a megaphone in the pod to get students' attention. Communication with teachers is excellent; with administration/others outside of the pod, fair. The head of security and security officer are wonderful; they are strict yet very positive and not demeaning when interacting with students. Excellent art programs. 8 a.m. start time makes for a long rush-hour commute.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
My daughter went to Kindergarten this year at Disney and really enjoyed it. She was in the gifted class and at the beginning of the school year it was a great deal of work. She also learned Mandarin every day. Wow! The hours are early, but I liked that it was 'full day' kindergarten and the school does have tuition-based after school programs as well as academic and art enrichment (free) after school programs. We really enjoyed this year at Disney, but I have to agree with the other comments about the open pod classrooms. My daughter's teacher said that she was able to concentrate and do her work even with all the noise around her, but my daughter complained about it herself. Luckily, next year we will be going to a different school (largely based on this reason alone). The gifted program is great, but the open pod classrooms are not.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 20, 2006
I felt lucky when my son was accepted into Disney for 1st grade. My expectations were very high, but they were soon dimmed by the administration, 'open' classrooms/pods, and the monotonous work my son was being given daily at school and for homework. My son's 1st and 2nd grade teachers both have admitted that it was hard for THEM to acclimate to the noise level, and I think this open classroom doesn't work for a lot of the teachers AND students now.I enrolled my son in FASTFORWORD and found it to be a lot less than I expected. The school has been no help in helping me find tutoring or other ways to accommodate him during class. I am looking to transfer my son out asap.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
My son began Kindergarten this year at Disney and he absolutely loves it. He is learning quickly how to read, he has friends, and he is suddently very interested in art. He also loves his teacher. I was nervous to send him to such a large school after he attended a small, private, pre-school. However, I have been very impressed with the school all around.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
So far my daughters's experience has been great. She loves the class, she just started pre-school. But I have to say that I have some concerns about the upper level classes after reading the reviews and I will keep a close look as she continues school at Disney.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
My son started 1st grade at Disney this past fall; it was a bit overwhelming at first, but we are very pleased with the experience and his progress there. We have been very impressed with his teachers, they all seem to be committed and genuinely care about the kids. Several times we have had concerns, called the school, and his teacher has called back within a short time. My son LOVED the Art After All program and we definitely will continue it next year; our only complaint is that it doesn't run through the entire school year. We appreciate the diversity and liveliness. The staff recognizes the noise issue, due to the open classrooms, and so they have some enclosed rooms for reading and other subjects. Disney is very large so it does take time to figure out the system, and the hours are quite early--8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
Disney seems great for the younger elementary grades (Pre-K to 2nd grade). However, as with any school, it does depend on the teacher that your child is assigned. I would not feel comfortable having my child exposed to some of the negative influences which seem to be present in the older (middle school) grades.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
After researching all kinds of schools in Chicago for a year we moved our 1st and 2nd graders to Disney this past September. We have been really happy.The atmosphere in the school is lively.The leadership is strong and very accessible.We have found the teachers (some male teachers!! great for sons)are energetic and committed.The focus on acedemics is there, they are always working on expanding and improving their programs.If we wondered if the 'open classroom' system would mean that no one was keeping track of our kids it's been just the opposite.Hey,there's an Animation Lab,a Digital Music Lab, each grade does a 2 week Intensive in the CommArts Center. This year my 1st Grader's class did Endangered Species.Pretty cool stuff. No school is perfect. It can get a little loud in there, but that is largely the result of the open nature of the class set up. Would definitely recommend a visit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2006
BE HONEST! I was reading the reviews about Disney and I just felt obligated to write. I am a Parent looking for schools and saw the comment that said that Disney is on the 'early academic watch list'. I was surprised so I called around (the school, the Board, the Office of Reasearch and Evaluation downtown etc.) and IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. (actually, they said the reading score have never been higher) I don't know if my kid will end up there, but honest feedback is helpful. Sour grapes are not. Disgruntled employee?

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
I love the diversity at Disney. Students are exposed to so many wonderful diverse cultures. The school also teaches at the students different learning levels. If they excel, they are grouped with students of similar abilities, if they need extra help, they provide those students with the programs that are needed. I have noticed that Disney is adding more extracurricular activities, but they need to consider the working parent. It can be difficult to find transportation to and from an after school activity. Most programs they offer end at 3 and there is no transportation provided at that time. A working parent usually cannot leave a job in the middle of the afternoon to bring a student to another after school program. I find it great to see that they are trying to get more parents involved with different programs. This is an area in which they need to improve.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Like the other parents I once thought that this school was one of the best; however, I now feel that I should have pursued magnets who showed more promising results. Some of the teachers seem very unprofessional and do not show a lot of concern for the children education. The lack the responsibliity of communicating student's prgress with papers, returning phones calls, and establishing a parent/teacher/student relationship. I feel the principal does not intervene enough, and the children education is not a priority on her list.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
This once-great school that was way ahead of its timein its conception has been laid low by the current principal. She has no understanding of why or how this school was designed. Instead of maximizing the freedom that was once encouraged (and made possible by the school's open architecture), the place is awash in rules & regulations designed to shackle both student and staff. Staff morale is atan all-time low and it affects pupil discipline and learning. The results spek for themselves with this school being placed on the early academic watch list as of this year.

- submitted by a administrator
October 19, 2005
All in all, this school overs children some great choices in education, however, during the past 2 years my son has been enrolled, I have felt that the teachers have lacked genuine interest in helping students with their social devolpment.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
this is a good school in terms of teaching and curriculum especially for the gifted classes but some of the low level classes have poor teachers and neglected also the open classes structure is not good at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I have trnaferred my daughter out of this school. The preschool is excellent, but the thought of pods might be so distracting for older students. Also way too overcrowded/I would not think of it as magnet school at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 09, 2005
My wife and I have been very pleased with the progress our son has shown since joining Disney Magnet School. The teachers he has had have been amazing. They have kept him challenged and us informed through out the school year. The Art after all after school program has been wonderful. The school has exceeded our expatiations.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2005
Overall, I've been mostly pleased with Disney. My son had two great teachers for Kindergarten and first grade so I feel lucky. I think they do a good job with the academic portion of things and there are music and art extracurriculars from which to choose. Parent participation plays such an important role in Disney's success. It is a joy to volunteer in a place where parents are made to feel welcomed by the teachers and staff. The only area of dissatisfaction lies in the behavior of fellow students, partcularly the upper grades. Perhaps Disney should consider a program to help all the children socialize peacefully.

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March 11, 2005
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January 26, 2005
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December 03, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 14, 2004
The teachers are great with the students, alot of them work on a personal basis with them. When I call a teacher normally my call is returned the next day.

- submitted by a parent
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Walt Disney Magnet School
4140 N Marine Dr, Chicago, IL  60613
(773) 534-5840
Last modified Walt Disney Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Walt Disney Magnet School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 75 reviews. Top