There is a new excitement at Edgebrook School. Though the primary focus continues to be academic excellence, it is slightly less wrote, more creative and more geared towards cooperation and listening. Yes, there are a lot of students, but the modulars are progressing and that will ease the situation in the new year. The new principal, Janice Kepka is fantastic and has done a wonderful job managing the transition and the physical changes taking place at the school. Plus she truly understands the students are children, and has worked to establish personal relationships with the students - not just a disciplinarian. Most of the teachers have pulled together to create a warm and challenging environment devoted to helping children learn. There is a new music teacher and the room will be restored in January. Plus there is a movement to create extracurricular sports teams to round out the academic experience.
My son attended Edgebrook for 8 years and I found the school to be demanding as well as challenging. He was well prepared for his new high school because of his educational experience at Edgebrook.I would have like to have seen more extracurricular activities. The teachers were the best and Dr. M was a fabulous principal. I would highly recommend Edgebrook School to anyone in the area that was undecided where to send their children. I hope the current enrollment surge doesn't affect the quality of education the kids receive.
The academic program is advanced by a year to a year and a half. The new prinipal is fantastic, and so is the teaching staff. The school up to this point has been all academics and disipline too much so. Children are driven to succeed by there is no joy, no celebration of normal holidays, and no time for family life except for study. Think hard and know your child, the academicss are the top, but childhood is sacrificed. Hopefully there will begin to be a new sense of balance with the new administration.
Edgebrook school is a great school where the children get great individual attention. It is a very clean, safe environment where the teachers genuinly care about their students and always try to be in constant contact and have the cooperation of the parents. It would be nice if the art and music programs were more often and extensive, however, the academics are extremely important to the faculty.
Number one ranked public grammar school in Chicago Il. Grades K-8th. Best neighborhood in Chicago Il. Strictly Academic school. No out of area school busing. PTA and School council.
My daughter went to Edgebrook for 2 years - unfortunately, we have to move. Edgebrook is a great school - academic programs are great, lots on interaction between parents and school.
This school emphasizes sandedized tests and teaches for the tests. Rote memorization is the rule with very little creative thinking. Students are discouraged form doing more than what is requred for an A grade. My son was not allowed to advance as far as he could in his studies but was held to his grade level regardless of his ability level. Homework averages 3 hours a night after fourth grade.
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