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.
This is a great CPS neighborhood school. School administration and staff are very caring toward my child. The principal is always visible. I constantly see her talking with students and parents. As a new parent, I feel welcomed and encouraged to be part of the school community.
My child is performing well and is being challenged. He enjoys going to school every day.
The principal is amazing! She communicates clearly and consistently. Weekly updates with all the pertinent information needed. She also has an open door policy - I have emailed her and gotten a response immediately. I love her "all access"as she allows any question during her "coffee talks" and alternates them b/w mornings and evenings so all parents have the option to attend. The teachers are engaged and invested in the school and students. The community of parents is also highly invested in the success of the school. Lots of attendance at school events and family nights (literacy, math, science fair, etc.). The experiences that are open to students is extraordinary! Starting in 4th grade they have experience educational trips to White Pines, NYC, Springfield, WDC, Milwaukee. There are student run plays, choir and band. There are after school clubs (some of them are tuition based and provided by and outside vendor: Girls on the Run, chess, violin/piano just to name a few).
This school is also on track to receive full IB status! Great and rigorous instruction level.
Yes classes are large here but the level of instruction is still very high and the students continue to amaze, grow and increase their knowledge and commitment.
I am so lucky this is our neighborhood school!
Maybe I was spoiled but growing up in the outlying suburbs and having access to Gifted programs, arts programs, lower student to teacher ratios, etc but I think this school is mediocre at best. I think it's unfortunate that this is the "best" school in CPS. There is absolutely no sense of community, because if you are a working parent in this school, you are pretty much ostracized. The principal's lack of communication about important matters but hearing every other week about how they are trying to find a budget is disturbing. My child actually regressed while in their kindergarten program and unfortunately, due to the 31:1 ratio in the classroom, a lot of things go on that you only hear about from your child -things that should not happen. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place because catholic school is too expensive (not to mention I am not religious but would be willing to send her anyway) and this is supposedly the best school in CPS. Furthermore, the lack of diversity is ASTOUNDING. How can we teach our children to respect other cultures when everyone is rich and white?
Very good for younger age children. My daughter has some learning issues and the school has been very good with working with her. I also have an older child in 7th grade. I would recommend school through 6th grade only. The teachers in 7th grade (most also teach 8th) have been highly disappointing. There is no emphasis on Grammer, very weak writing instruction by a really disorganized instructor. My son struggles with writing and the only thing the teacher has done was tell me that he is behind. No extra assistance provided or effort at all by instructor. Math teacher is fair but tends to loose students. Good use of chrome books however it's hard to assess as parent a when your child might start falling behind until grades are posted online. Basically if I had to do it over again, I would have forced him to go into an academic center at Taft or Lane.
Great principal, fantastic supportive and caring parents. Fund raisers continue to be utilized to support programs for the school. Ongoing changes have been implemented-many art programs have been created, computer lab is up and running, smart boards in each room and iPad carts are available. Now they are focusing on improving the Physical Education (grounds and programs) for the school. Theyh ave Math Night, Literacy Night and Science Night for families to involve their kids. There are off-campus trips for 4th (White Pines Ranch), 6th (New York) and 8th (Washington DC) graders. Principal meets with parents 1x/month. Doors are open for communication. Needs: upgrade rating system for grading especially the exploratory classes. Additionally kids with higher academic prospects need to be challenged and upper grade teachers need to be more creative to motivate their students.
My child graduated from this school years ago. This school was amazing, the teachers, the principal were all supportive and if there were any concerns I was contacted immediately. The expectations were set coming in the door. He was well prepared for high school.