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.
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.
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.
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.
My son has had an IEP since entering Agassiz as a Kindergartener. The staff has been diligent in communicating my sons strengths and weaknesses in the classroom and working with us to create goals. In the course of a week, he works with an occupational therapist for fine motor skills, a speech pathologist, in class assistant (for the regular classroom), and his special ed teacher (daily) in a more restrictive environment. My son has attention issues and a processing disorder which affects his ability to read, write and organize. I could not be happier in the results we are achieving as a team.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
this school is great! Teachers are excellent. there is wonderful communication between teachers, staff , students and parents.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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