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PK-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 429

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2851 North Seminary Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 534-5725
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August 27, 2014
Agassiz is a fantastic school! The teachers are great, kind, and demand high quality work from the students. The principal, Mira Weber, is continuously striving to improve the curriculum and the students' experience at Agassiz. There's a lot of school spirit and positivity flowing through this school. I have two children who attend Agassiz and could not be more thrilled with our experience. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2014
My daughter is a student at Agassiz. She loves it and is thriving there. The teachers are outstanding. The sense of community at Agassiz is strong - there is a warm, relaxed atmosphere there which is reflected by the staff and students, the dedicated arts, language and phys ed. teachers (and in particular the drama/dance teacher, who is phenomenal), in the art-lined hallways and by the attentive office staff and administration. We love that it's a smaller school, that educational rigor is strong and creative, that the parents are welcoming and get to know one another. It's a safe, respectful, welcoming space (no fights or safety concerns observed) and pretty diverse environment (broadly diverse - including economic, family makeup, etc.). Parental involvement is good, and I and my spouse both volunteer to contribute our part. The LSC and Friends-Of group are active and strong. We drive 30 mins. each way from home, by choice, to get to this fantastic school and be part of its community. We have no regrets about choosing Agassiz for our daughter's education, and look forward to being part of its continued success.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Agassiz Elementary, the staff at this school are outstanding, I can not say enough good things. We had to leave our Parochial school two years ago due to low enrollment and luckily were accepted to Agassiz. If you are looking for a small school with the small town feel, you have found your place. The education and the attention these children receive is unheard of in most CPS.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My daughter is in 6th grade. She writes very well, is a voracious reader, and does well in math. All this while she participates in the after school dance program and the school musical. She also takes piano and voice outside the school. When they say schools are failing kids, I don't know what they mean. She is thriving at Agassiz. From the moment her Dad and I visited the school, I have been happy with what they can do with the kids. Even the autistic kids are able to get on stage and perform something meaningful. The administration is vigilent about behavior and discipline. Even entering and leaving school is orderly.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Agassiz has been a wonderful neighborhood school for our child who is in Kindergarten. It's truly a hidden gem in CPS. The parent involvement is fantastic. The principle and teachers are professional, supportive and commitment to see all the students shine at Agassiz. We have been very happy with the school and teachers. Highlights include small class size, excellent Arabic foreign language classes, rigorous academic standards, after-school programs and as our neighborhood school we cherish the opportunity to walk our child to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Excellent school with fine teachers and administrative staff. Principal is professional and not too chatty; that shows she wants to get her job done and not waste too much precious time on unimportant "chatty" issues. Parents should all appreciate that quality.

- submitted by a teacher
January 26, 2014
I was very unhappy with the administration of this school. I felt the principal was very unprofessional when she was faced with a problem. I couldn't be in a school with a principal like this and transferred out. I didn't realize how bad the school was until I went somewhere else and my son and I were treated well and with respect. However, I do want to say that the teachers there are very good so if you attend, and don't have any issues where the principal could be involved, you'll probably be fine.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My grandson attends Agassiz, and while it is one half hour to 45 minute commute, his parents feel the drive is well worth it. The class size is small enough to give individuals the attention he/she might need, yet large enough for a very diversified class. I was amazed at the homework he had as a kindergartner, but it has laid a very strong foundation for him. He now has the discipline to be successful in his educational path.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2013
We have been thrilled with our experience at Agassiz Elementary! The teachers are wonderful, the students are engaged and happy, and the focus on the Arts and languages is fantastic for our inquisitive 6-yr-old. The staff and parent organizations are truly exceptional; can't say enough about Agassiz!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
This school is wonderful! It was great seeing all of the students cheering Agassiz's name today as they celebrated it's 100 year birthday. The staff are kind and very dedicated, administration is very helpful, and the parents are very involved. There are a wide range of in school and after school clubs that students can be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
I'm a Student at Agassiz Elementry School and I think that the Upper Grade(6-8) Staff is wonderful pointing out the wonderful Reading/History Teacher(room 306), Math Teacher (room 304), and Writing/Science teacher(room 305). Agassiz is very diverse and I have alot of intersting and fun things to do that wil keep students on track w/ schoolwork and student connection which helps the students flow. Agassiz could really improve with Admin. Staff involvement and respect for the children. Admin. Staff could listen to more of the students and not just their fav. 4 students.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2013
My children both attend Agassiz and we feel very lucky to have Agassiz as our neighborhood school. I have a lot of prior experience with CPS in my professional life, and Agassiz really stands out among CPS elementary schools. The teachers and families are great and the school has a warm, welcoming feel.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
this school is great! Teachers are excellent. there is wonderful communication between teachers, staff , students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
My children just finished their third year at this school and thus far, I am pleased with their progress. This year one of my children need some speech therapy and the school has a speech therapist on staff which was a wonderful in-house resource. Regarding the person concerned about the different academic performance between boys and girls, there is a lot of empirical data documenting that boys begin to lag behind girls academically as young as 4th grade. What this person witnessed in the higher achieving females is a wide-spread challenge that all educators and parents have to work against. While it is possible that the school treats children different based on gender, I won't pretend that does not happen, it's also a developmental pattern that must be addressed by everyone involved in the boys' lives.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
You can not go wrong with sending your children to this school. We send both our girls to the school and can not be happier with the quality of instruction, the fantastic teachers or the before and after programs. Mira Weber does a superb job at running the school in a way that is structured but doesn't feel overly coached. The teachers are the best. I would HIGHLY recommend sending your children to the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
The previous poster addressed issues regarding graduation that were erroneous. First, Agassiz has traditionally had boys and girls wearing maroon. To suggest that one was intended to highlight the incompetence of a group is ridiculous. That the inclusive nature of Agassiz be so misunderstood by highlighting a student who has always had full access to every part of the school day and year, including graduation, is also a great misconception. The writer apparently missed several other students with Autism who were graduating throughout the ceremony, and were neither highlighted or noticed. Third, out of a staff of approximately 30, nearly a third are males, and are excellent models for all of our students. It is unfortunate that the males in this graduating class were not as academically successful, and that issue should (and will!) be examined. But to make sweeping generalizations about a school based on a single observation of a class is limited and short-sighted. Know that Agassiz is the kind of school that vigorously examines itself, and is constantly looking for ways to improve. Please consider removing this review.

- submitted by a teacher
June 14, 2011
I attended this years class of 2011 graduation and was pleased and disturbed with the overall instruction that is going on with the school.. I was pleased that many of the students were academic achievers however I was disappointed in the fact that most of them were female students. That isn't to say that I didn't appreciate their success but I felt that more/equal attention needed to be given to the male students. Maybe there needs to be more male instructors/role models in order to level the playing field. Also their cap and gowns were different The Girls wore white, while the boys wore red, which suggests that the dumb kids were the one whow wore red. Not to mention they gave the special needs boy his diploma, last. And they need to help him him find his seat afterwards. Achievement after achievement was handed out to the girls, while it seemed like the boys wanted to sink in their the boys just sat their slumped in their seats. They must have felt really low. It may seem like a small thing but I woudldn't send my son to a school where the girls are going to get preferential treatment. I'm sorry. It needs to be addressed.. Hire more men!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2011
I went to Agassiz in the 60's. graduated in 69. we live on kenmore. & there was many kids>167>who lived on seminary & kenmore.between diversey & lincoln.AGASSIZ had a mixture of races then. NOT only did AGASSIZ teach us what we needed to learn, WE taught the value of family & friends.! TO this day many of us are still in contact with each other. AGASSIZ has ALWAYS went beyond what is required. I EVEN HAD 4 of my kids go to AGASSIZ. WHO ARE NOW GROWN. AGASSIZ KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. AS YOU HAVE IN THE PAST.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2009
It's diverse and kid-friendly

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We are so grateful for Agassiz and the awesome staff. We had our 1st grader in a test into school, and found that the staff and Principle were very disorganized, unresponsive to our concerns and questions as a new family, and only focused on homework homework homework. In an afternoon, the staff at Agassiz returned our call, and our child is now set up in the lovely 1st/2nd grade classroom. Her needs will be met, I'm sure of it, and we know that this school honors and respects children and parents. So grateful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The school has a great environment. Teachers/staff and parents that all really care about the school and are really involved to make it a better place.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2009
I recommend Agassiz for the early grades (PK-5). Mira Weber, the principal for almost 2 years now, was formerly a teacher here, and the students like and respect her. She is doing a good job of involving neighborhood parents in activities and fund-raising. My child loves to read and enjoys math. The level of homework is appropriate - you don't spend every moment after school and work doing busy work or burning out on difficult assignments. Agassiz is especially strong at live performances. Parents and staff are working on getting a choir together, too. Hopefully band will follow. The student population is changing - this year's kindergarten and pre-k is much less diverse than the other grades. I suspect this is due to the recent recession. This causes some tension, but I am hopeful that parents will continue to work together as they have in the past.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
My daughter is in the tuition based prek and truly loves her teacher and friends at school! It really puts my mind at ease, because I'm a working mom, that she is happy and with a teacher that cares and support hers. She loves going every day and has learned so much. Agassiz's principal is innovative and a wonderful leader as well. We plan on sending our second daughter there and are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2009
Agassiz School is a supportive and nurturing environment that promotes student learning in a variety of ways.

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2009
I love the school. It's got a great principal, great teachers, great parent community, and it's getting better each year.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
excellent school! I am very pleased with my children's progress. I have a son in the pre k program with Mrs. Mahramas, and a daughter in Mrs. Pirillis's first grade class. They love school, which is so important in my opinion for a lifetime educational career. Thanks Agassiz!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
My daughter has attended Agassiz since 2nd grade,she is now in 8th. Last year was a difficult year for her. I'd planned to transfer her out, but changed my mind. One reason I didn't is because Mrs. Negron who left a few years back(asst. principal) has returned. I think she will be helpful in solving disciplinary problems that occur between girls a lot more effectively than they were handled in her absence. However, even though there were problems last year,Agassiz is a good school and I think this will be a good year. Also my grandaughter came to Agassiz last year from a school with a #1 rating and made the honor roll by the end of her first year at Agassiz!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
My daughter has been with Agassiz since Kindergarten. This is going to be her last year and I am sadden that she will be leaving such an impressive school. The teachers really make a difference. They explain things to their students in a way they understand, they are always so helpful and they really make the students feel like they are the most important student. They build confidence not only in the students ability to learn but in themselves. I will miss this school when my daughter graduates but I know she will have a better start into high school because of the wonderful people Agassiz has!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
Agassiz was the answer to my prayers. The teachers are all so caring. They really enjoy teaching and are sure to give the appropriate attention to each child. The classrooms are smaller than most schools. My son has had learning difficulties in another school in which he just became a statistic and his needs were never met. Since the first year here he has had more help than I have ever imagined. They also have such a wonderful way of teaching. The teachers use the arts to bring out the best of each student. I can not say enough about such a wonderful school. Very diversified school and you will notice that as soon you walk in the front entrance.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2006
Agassiz school is one of the true brightspots in CPS, as the atmosphere is one of unity and the teaching styles are geared to giving every individual student a chance to progress at a high level. It all starts with the amazing Mrs. Butler, she is the principal who, in coordination with her staff and faculty, as well as parental support, brings an amazing sense of diversity to the school. There are so many wonderful things occurring at Agassiz. My Daughter is a Straight A student at Agassiz who dances, acts, participates in Spelling and Geography Bees as well as Math Counts as well. The after-school programs are amazing and my daughter has had the pleasure of being in one of the best dance classes out there....and this includes others where we pay for private instruction. As she enters 4th grade, all I can say is 'Thank You Agassiz'!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I have 2 boys at agassiz school. One is in 3rd grade and the other is in the fifth grade. I have to say I don't know if I will ever be able to feel so at home at another school.Mrs.Butler the principal there is just amazing she is always so accessesible and works so hard at making agassiz a top notch school. Mrs.Butler has no tolerance for misconduct which is great for our kids also she is forever trying to find ways to improve our school but most importantly she is so down to earth and so easy to get along with and she is very well rounded. Furthermore Agassiz has an amazing staff of teachers that go above and beyond their duty,not to mention all of the great extracurricular activities,academics, their love for the arts and last but not least their special ed program. Love you Agassiz!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2005
I was very happy with the diversity at this school, and the teachers were very committed. I was there for 2 years and was pleased with the environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
I travel across town to bring my children to this school. The staff and parents are amazing if your child has difficulty learning the conventional way this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
Agassiz School is by far one of the best in the city. I attend Agassiz and couldn't be a happier student. Homework is always a challenge and the teachers always make sure that we understand it. I will be graduating this year, and the staff here has made me more than prepared!

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2003
My granddaughter attended first grade at Agassiz. We had an opportunity to visit the school last year on two occasions. We met the principal and our granddaughters teacher, Miss Weber and toured the school. We were very impressed as we talked with these people. They were very open and inviting us to see their school and partake in the activities there. We attended their International Days and were impressed with the warm and friendly attmosphere. We discussed with them our concerns that our granddaughter be challenged as we believe she is a very bright child. She was encouraged to take foreign language and also participated in the school spelling bee. She has done quite well at this school and looks forward to another year there. One of the things we liked is the diversity in the school. There is a good mix of many nationalities which we think is very important. We heard from our daughter that they had family reading nights where parents were encouraged to come in and read with their children. This summer our granddaughter visited with us in Seattle Wa. While here she received a card from her teacher thanking her for the wonderful year. Our granddaughter means the world to us and I am very grateful to Agassiz school for all they have done for her.

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2003
Agassiz school is very challanging. My son and my neice are now attending agassiz school and they come home with work i don't think i was doing when i was in 3rd and 4th grades. I love agassiz i love the teachers they are firm. Next year my daughter will be attending agassiz without a doubt..

- submitted by a parent
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Agassiz Elementary School
2851 North Seminary Avenue, Chicago, IL  60657
(773) 534-5725
Last modified Agassiz Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Agassiz Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top