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PK-8
Public
Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 352
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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1845 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 534-4120
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April 22, 2014
We have a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old in this school. We have been very pleased with what the children have learned and most importantly with the sense of community the school provides, both from the parent and teacher involvement. In addition, the YMCA aftercare program is amazing, as are the after school choices for enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
My daughter is into her second year and about to finish pre-k 4 at Drummond. We have grown to really love this school. They place a priority on cultivating a love for learning which will last a lifetime. We were very nervousness about sending our 3 year old last year but have been amazed at the Montessori curriculum and the patience of the staff especially when our daughter had a hard time adjusting last year. I am concerned about the new principal selection but I am confident that the people involved will choose the best possible candidate to continue Drummond's reputation of providing a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Drummond is a wonderful close-knit school. Many parents are actively involved and the community around the school is wonderful as well. The teachers are well organized, very compassionate & open to communication at all times. You will be a happy parent if your child can attend Drummond.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son's school is great. The teachers are motivated to teaching our children and have the patients needed to guide each individual child on their own learning curb.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I thought this would be a wonderful school for my son, sadly it has been nothing but problems. The 7th & 8th grade science/math teacher is just flat out mean and awful, he grades based on how much he likes a child. If my son forgets a permission slip for a field trip he is punished by not being allowed recess, which I feel is very necessary for his health. Mind you a permission slip that I FORGOT to sign, not that he forgot. When I ran right back up to sign they still told him it missed the deadline and no recess. He was also given a 0 on not turning in a permission slip I had tossed because he was not attending. They love to punish children for sins of the parents. I cannot wait for my child to be out of this horrible school which has given him health issues, and the principal will not listen to me.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
Our 3yro daughter had her first day at Drummond today. We have experienced several different school climates within CPS and Drummond's school community far exceeds them all. When she wouldn't nap today even the principal took some time to come in and sit with her. As a parent, that speaks volumes to me about his interest into the well-being of my child. Her teacher was so gentle and kind, yet honest in communicating what I imagine was a fairly tiring and challenging situation. We are so thrilled to be a part of this new community!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
Drummond Montessori is the first public Montessori in Chicago. The teachers and admin are great. The school is small for CPs it's a great community. The students range from 3 yrs. To 8th grade. The big kids are really sweet with and great takers of the little kids. We feel lucky to have gotten in and are thrilled that younger siblings can enroll.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2010
This school is the best school you can find. My daughter has attended other schools before this one but this one is by far the best. The school is small, which helps children feel comfortable. The students are great! All the students know each other even when they are in diffrent grades. I walked in to Drummond one day and see a teenage student saying hello and starting conversation with a pre-schooler! You don`t see THAT in other schools. If you are planning to enroll your child this school do so. This school has a loving,caring,and safe atmosphere that you and your child will love. This school also has tutoring after school and teachers are more than willing to help your child if they are struggling with school and this school has NO bulling.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2010
This school is horrible! The programs are not satisfying at all. My son is 9 years old and just after 3 months of attending this 'great school' he started cursing and having negative thoughts about school and education. My advice to any parents considering enrolling their child at Drummond school, DO NOT DO IT.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 10, 2010
Our daughter attends Drummond Montessori in the 3 yr old program. She loves it!! We are so impressed with how much she has learned and how mature and independent she is after just a few months. The teachers are great as is the principal. Parent involvement is high and the kids are well-behaved. We can't say enough good things about the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
Wonderful atmosphere, student-centered learning. Exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Great teachers, programs, and overall great atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
The kids at Drummond are smart and the teachers help them stay motivated.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 26, 2009
Great program, great teaches , great sense of community

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
The staff is excellent and my children are being prepared for life-long succes.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
I think their teachers are wonderful and the curriculum is great! My three grandchildren are in the Motessori program and they are all doing very well. They look forward to going to school each day.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
drummond is a wonderful community of dedicated teachers, administrators and parents and my kids love school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
the supportive, caring and open community of staff, parents, and teachers are awesome and quite rare in a big city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Drummond is a free public Montessori for 3 year olds through 8th grade and it rocks! The teachers, kids and parents are the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
We are so happy to be part of the Drummond community. We have been so impressed with the classroom materials, instruction and incredibly dedicated parent community, teachers and principal. A real gem and a great model for other urban public schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Drummond provides an excellent education as a public school in Chicago. The level of experience of its teachers is outstanding and their community outreach is tremendous. We have 2 kids at the school and both have transitioned so well to school and we know it has everything to do with the quality of the staff at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The Montessori program enables each child to learn at his or her own pace, keeping the child's interest level and involvement at a high level. The administration pays close attention to each child's individual needs and my grandson in first grade is learning by leaps and bounds.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
amazing school- a model for the city of chicago. a committed teacher and parent partnership.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2009
Great schools? Not what most people think when someone says Chicago Public Schools but sometimes there is as true of an exception to the rule as Drummond! In a sea of tumultuous times and often misunderstood students in the city, there sits an oasis of learning and welcome respite for weary. As I wait to pick up my child I notice how people from all walks of life despite personal politics are shaping this school. We all work towards a common goal, and the wonderful thing is that OUR kids SEE this and hopefully that will shape their outlook on life in a positive manner. Ms. Kerber is a shining example of what a caring teacher should be. She is the ideal for what all early childhood teachers should strive for. Mark Neidlinger is the compass that guides the dedicated staff towards a wonderful goal. Thank you for all your hard work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
we have an amazing community of kids, parents, and teachers who all care deeply about education and our school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
they seem to care about developing kids to be kind, responsible, and creative.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2009
Drummond is an amazing, loving community dedicated to teaching and learning. I believe the principal is one of the very best in Chicago Public Schools. I also believe the teachers are extraordinary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The care that the faculty and staff show each child in the school helps produce educated, well rounded and confident young adults.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The parent involvement, leadership and teacher commitment and continuing positive evolution of a holistic, strong education for my children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Drummond Montessori Magnet School is a Montessori school with alot of heart and soul. The classrooms are beautifully appointed with Montessori materials, the teachers are very committed and the administration is fantastic with parents. Strong LSC and parent body. Also, nice mix of wonderful school events that build community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great Teachers and staff. I also went to that school when i was a child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love the Montessori curriculum

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
really dedicated to the montessori curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The staff. I wish I had gone to school in such a challenging, nurturing and supportive place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The entire school community - parents, teachers and administrators - are deeply involved in ensuring my children receive a great education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers are outstanding! The Montessori works really well for us. Our school is growing, but still retaining it's small school feel. There is great parent involvement and volunteerism and when we win the contest, the money will be spent to make our great school even better!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great teachers. Hard working. Amazing community

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We are thrilled with my daughter's school experience at Drummond. She is blossoming thanks largely to the wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I have watched Ellery and Dylan grow and explore their world, their curiosity encouraged thanks to their teachers and classmates...

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
A good neighborhood school that offers it's students a variety of activities to prepare them to become good citizens.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It is a great community, lead by a fantastic principal and motivating teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
While Drummond may be a Chicago Public School, the mentality and actions of the staff, teachers, principal, students and parents have brought back the idealogy of community and 'it takes a village'. My daughter has been part of the Drummond community for over two months and I am already excited to see her grow and learn in this close knit community; my husband and I wouldn't have it any other way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
My children are nurtured by a dedicated, excited and creative staff. What more could a parent ask for!!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
we need more schools like this the staff are what i call the best my son anthony has the best of booth world a father that loves him and a school that will help me get him to the next level in life i thank you for this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2008
Great school, great staff. Very good quality Montessori program with a diverse student population. Excellent after-school program. Superb principal. My child has attended since Pre-K and is now in Elementary. He loves it and so do we.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2007
Drummond Montessori School is a home away from home. Both the parents and the teachers are extremely dedicated. We know that this school will continue to grow and expand under its new leadership!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2007
Our family loves Drummond! This small, caring school community has inspired us to get involved in our kids' education in ways we never imagined. Our daughter is thriving in her home-away-from-home, as the Montessori curriculum hits its stride. The teachers are outstanding, the administration is open and friendly, and the community of families is welcoming and supportive of all the kids. We expect great things from Drummond in the coming years, and will definitely stick around to see all the plans come to fruition.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
My child attends Drummond and we couldn't be more pleased. He is in Miss Kerber's class and she is a wonderful teacher. All the children listen to her even though she always speaks calmly and softly. It's easy to see that they genuinely respect her.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Drummond Montessori is an excellent school, from the principal to the teachers & directors they all put their effort to help our children succeed in their education. I recommend this school for any Chicago resident. Everyone is always involved and wanting to participate in the school functions.I really appreciate everyone and they help with my children and helping feel @ home outside of home!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
The Montessori Program is separate from the school and is being phased in 1 grade a year. They are now up to 2nd grade and testing occurs at 3rd in Chicago CPS so there are no numbers to back up what appears to be a great success story. The Montessori program seems well done with class sizes a bit on the large size. Parents and students seem to be doing well.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Drummond is a school of excellence and teaches my child the importance of being a success in all he does. I have never experienced so much genuine care on behalf of the teachers and their overall administrative staff. The quality of academic programs at Drummond far exceeds any other we have experienced and also enables my son to have clear understanding. This is very important. The teachers make learning interesting and fun. My son also knows that his teachers are not only there to teach, but they genuinely care about his academic development. There are great music and art classes that allow the children to use their creative gifts and expand on them. I would recommend Drummond to all who want to continually reach higher levels in education. Drummond has far exceeded all my expectations as a parent that wants her son to be a great success in all he does.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 11, 2006
I just moved to the neighborhood and have been extremely impressed by the level of local and parent commitment to this school. I can't wait to see what the next few years bring.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
It is a pleasure and privilege to send my two children to this school under the careful and loving guidance of Mr. Mark Neidlinger, the Montessori director/coordinator at the school. My children are extremely happy and challenged at the school. They always look forward to attending. Parents are very involved and constantly coming up with creative fundraising ideas, or lending moral and political support as needed. Teachers are incredibly dedicated, and it is typical that you see many staff and teachers at the school before and long after the formal school hours. The culture of the school is very professional and committed. My minor complaint is that the Montessori teachers are not accredited for some reason, and after-school program which is brand new could use some tweaking to provide more enrichment to school day, as well as fun to hold kids' interest.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
This is a fabulous school. The principal is outstanding.

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October 21, 2005
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September 12, 2005
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August 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 17, 2004
I think drummond is an amazing school. Its small so kids get individual attention and its full of devoted teachers.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2004
This school has initiated a Montessori magnet program following the awarding of a federal grant. Three classrooms for three- to five-year-olds are underway this year (2004-05), with future expansion of the program to higher grades planned. It is a excellent place for parents committed to the Montessori methods/philosophy of educating their children.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
I had a ton of contact with Drummond several years ago, when I worked as a caseworker for two foster children enrolled in the school. I was consistently impressed with the school. Everyone--the teachers, principal, assistant principal, security guard, social workers, nurses, teacher aides, case manager, and office staff--were accessible, friendly, kind to the students, and genuinely concerned with the students' safety, well-being, and ability to learn. Drummond staff were a JOY to work with. It's exactly the type of school I want my own children to attend someday.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
This school has tremendous potential. The principal is devoted, the teachers are devoted and many of them have masters! Drummond is a great 'little' school!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Drummond is a great school!

- submitted by a former student
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Drummond Elementary School
1845 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL  60622
(773) 534-4120
Last modified Drummond Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Drummond Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top