Many of my child's teachers have been outstanding. Admin, however, ignore children and parents of children who are not "in with the in crowd." The "in crowd" consists of those who are big donors and those who have the time to spend volunteering at the school on a daily basis. When student conflict arises, there is rarely an effort to get to the bottom of it; instead, children are told "Don't talk about it anymore." Oftentimes, if children of donors are involved in conflict, they get a pass. Children of regular working folks who can't afford big donations or spend all of their time volunteering, those children are invisible to admin - or blamed for problems. There have also been issues involving racial slurs - but the student involved was never called on it, nor was it seen as a teachable moment for the community to come together and talk about it. Instead, African American students were left to feel as if we didn't matter. Discipline policy is applied in a helter-skelter fashion. Bizarre. Overall, Admin, in particular the principal, is cold, lacks empathy and personality, and seems to care little about those outside her inner circle of favorites.
The teachers, the curriculum, the sense of community: So many aspects of Agassiz make my family feel like we have won the CPS lottery. Our son is going to be a second grader and our first year at Agassiz was great. Will our neighborhood school served us well, we we're looking for a school that we could get involved with and connect with other families. Agassiz is exactly that. The student body is diverse and is made up of kids from all different neighborhoods. The teachers have been personable, partners in education. You'll find kids learning art, dance, drama, science and Arabic on any given day. A+ for Agassiz.
I have all good things to say about Agassiz. This is going to be our second year (my son will be in 1st grade). My son had a great kindergarten experience last year. He absolutely loved his teacher. Parents and staff are very involved and they all are working together. The principal is a good listener and a problem solver. Her kids are going to Agassiz as well. So she tries extra hard.
Agassiz is a great school and it is a FACT that the kids' grades are improving every year!