We had such a terrible experience sending our son to this school for kindergarten! There wasn't any support with his homeroom teacher with his special needs. His IEP team changed his minutes and goals to basically set him up for failure. It is severely overcrowded. And they do not have a strong special dept. for kids who are struggling. Which I was also very surprised and sad that they don't have a cluster program especially since their principal is a mother of twin boys, one being autistic and the other being typical. You would think she would be more sympathetic with children having special needs. But obliviously, she doesn't care about the children at her school. The principal is more concern about her data goals and whenever Rahm Emanuel, Mayor decides to visit their school. With all of this being said, we have decided one year at Ebinger was enough for us to transfer our son to a different school for the Fall.
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.
Average school, good community support, lacking in academic rigor. 8th grade Algebra students unable to pass high school Algebra placement tests and grammar/usage instruction has been downplayed, which is a large component on selective enrollment HS tests. Many of the high achieving students have left to area Academic Centers. Technology lab is great but highly underutilized as teachers aren't proficient in leading edge educational programs.
My child is receiving a great education. The principal, Mrs. Peterson-Klosa, has an open door to listening to the parents and students with needs/issues. She is exceptionally good with special needs children and their parents. I am grateful she took over as principal of Ebinger. Very happy with the teacher we have, and teacher's aides. Our child is doing very well and thriving in the Ebinger School environment. I have seen many parents that are involved in school. I stay at home, but bear in mind many people do have to work and do their best. Curriculum night is ALWAYS packed with parents interested in their child's education. Our school offers sports and after school programs. There seems to be plenty a child could do and join at school whether it is band or sports or even a foreign language program. D.K.