It is not because they do not want to effectively deal with bullying. They are simply too overcrowded to deal with bullying. The school has the, "Olweus," Antibullying Program. In order for that to work you have to catch the bullies. When a school is overcrowded as Ebinger is, and you have a couple recess monitors that are not effectively educated to work with children, antibullying programs do not work.
My friend transferred her child out of this school. Her child was bullied, put into the different therapies in a group with other children that did not have the same needs as her child. This is a disservice to the child with special needs.
When Serena Peterson-Klosa, first started at the school she was wonderful.
After she was given more freedom from the Chicago School Board to lead as she saw fit, I saw less of a willingness to really listen to the parents ideas or opinions.
I found that since there was not enough supervision on the playground due to overcrowding, there was a big lack of compassion many students showed and lack of respect many students showed. The bullies would wait till no one was looking and treat some of the other children horribly.
Both my husband and I attended public schools and got a great education in them.
Second, my kids spent years at Ebinger. left this past year.
Ebinger had overcrowding. It does make a difference on the play ground. Ebinger employed an afterschool/recess group with people that were not very educated to work with children. With the amount of children attending the school it made keeping an eye on them more difficult. Hence, more opportunities for bullying. Despite the, "Olweus," Program, bullying happens anywhere. For the program to work bullies need to be observed. Being overcrowded with not enough supervision can make this impossible.
The teachers. Good teachers and not so good teachers. This is anywhere.
English Literature. Ebinger has the children writing essays and papers. However, there is no really good solid foundation for grammar skills. Example: diagramming sentences. Children should really have a good grasp on nouns, predicates, compound sentences and work at that from an early grade on. At Ebinger, despite the boasting of being an IB school, the kids that transfer from there and other Chicago Public Schools including Ebinger to our school are behind in grammar. The children wind up needing tutoring for grammar facts.
At our new school the children are working on nouns, verbs, etc starting in first grade.
New school has an Advanced Learners Program starting in 1st grade.
New school has co taught classrooms This ensures kids can work ahead or if behind in class, get the extra help.
Spanish. Children coming from Ebinger to the school we transferred to are behind in Spanish. One of my children was being given straight A's in Spanish at Ebinger. We transferred over to the new school. My child cannot catch up. Neither can other children that have transferred over.
Math is made for the kids to understand. Ebinger like many schools used common core math.
New York trip in 6th grade. With many fine museums here in Chicago, a $1000.00 trip for a 6th grader is excessive.
Clicky school parents. That too can happen anywhere. We found it a lot at Ebinger.
Not as many afterschool activities at Ebinger as in the new school.
The principal at Ebinger is a good person. She is directing traffic because a lot of staff did not want to do so. It was due to mistreatment by drivers at pick up/ drop off.
Ebinger represents everything that is excellent about a school and why it's so successful..The Principal is everywhere; directing traffic, monitoring the playground, attending every meeting etc. She has an open-door policy and is extremely energetic, warm, and engaging. The teachers are dedicated, welcoming to the children, the parents, the community and to each other. The real beauty of this school is the sense of "community" between the neighborhood and the school. Teachers hold fundraisers, attend fundraisers, and donate countless hours of their time towards the school's programs. Everyone in Edison Park is invested in this remarkable school. The Men's club, the P.T.A., the Ebinger Woman's Club, the Ebinger Foundation, everyone is always working together to make this jewel of a neighborhood school the best that it can be. Instead of complaining about what isn't, everyone comes together and asks what he or she can do to make things better and help. The enrollment and test scores have skyrocketed over the past 6 years because of this remarkable relationship that is rooted in trust and respect. The obvious benefit to all of this, is that the children thrive. Illinois will eventually pass a budget and the teachers will eventually get a contract. However, no matter how long that takes, you cannot put a price tag on the dedication, and loyalty of this thriving school and this heartwarming, close-knit community.
Our overall experience with this school is beyond great. This community school is a gem. The entire school creates a greater community in and out of the school building. The students enjoy coming to school, even the upper grade students. The teaching staff is supportive and attentive to the needs of their students. The administration is top-notch. Ms. Peterson-Klosa is an extremely intelligent leader who supports students, staff, parents, and community members. There is a reason why the enrollment has grown to almost double since she began as principal. Hopefully CPS will build an addition to the school soon. As Ms. Peterson-Klosa continues to lead this school to excellence, more families will be drawn to the neighborhood.
My child is in third grade and he gets about an hour of homework a night, which I think is just right. He really doesn't get any homework on the weekends, unless he has a project to work on, and he has to read every night even over the weekend.
Ebinger has high expectations academically and socially for students. My child's teacher integrated character education in reading unit. The class read books about having empathy, being honest, fair and they even did an activity to "fill other people's buckets" by say something nice and positive to them.