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.
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++
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.
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!
It is an excellent school. They have an accelerated class (1 grade ahead) which also has Chinese.
My daughters have been attending Disney for the past 2 years and they absolutely love it their teachers have been awesome. They cant wait til school starts again!!
My son and daughther go to Disney and they love it. It is a great school and awesome teachers! I highly recommend it....
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Disney was a great experience for me. There was nothing negative about the teachers. They're just direct.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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