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5414 North Linder Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

(773) 534-3535
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January 22, 2014
A very family oriented school. Their kindergarten teachers are some of the best I have come across in the Chicago district. The office staff is very friendly and always willing to help you out if needed. The older students seem to blend well with the younger children. An over all sturdy foundation for our children to grow.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Farnworth School is a fantastic neighborhood school! The staff is great! Well trained,caring, several teachers have National Board Certification. Principal has high standards and a vision for the school. CCSS practices were happening several years ago. The school offers art, health, has had music teacher for years and has a wonderful library. Parents have opportunities to become involved and participate in their child's education. If this school is your home school count yourself lucky! I have a sophomore who graduated from Farnsworth and a seventh grader attending now. Great things are happening at Farnsworth School!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
My daughter goes to Farnsworth school and its the best school. Very attentive and helpful staff. Teachers are amazing and class sizes aren't as big as other schools in the area. I will continue to send my child to Farnsworth school thru the eighth grade. Also very family oriented.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
I LOVED going to this school! Before going here, I went to another Chicago school that treated me very poorly and was very judgmental. I didn't know that how they were treating me was wrong until I went to this school. I remember that all the teachers and staff here were very loving and caring. I had not experienced that AT ALL in the previous school, Prussing Elementary! They taught the students very well and were just GREAT! This school made me want to learn and do better in return for their kindness. I also loved that they held after school activities! I was devastated when I had to transfer out due to living conditions.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2011
After going through the sadness of losing our long-time principal, Dr. Catherine Wells, the Farnsworth Family is continuing to work hard to keep our students rigorously engaged in all academics, proper social interactions, and personal physical improvements. Farnsworth provides as excellent environment for your children to succeed in all three areas of their lives. I am proud to be a long-term teacher at this school!!

- submitted by a teacher
October 07, 2011
Many people think that because a school is a Magnet or Charter school that they are superior to a neighborhood public school. We are proud to be part of Farnsworth and my children have received an excellent education. They have also become a member of the Farnsworth family as every child that attends the school is not just a student but a part of the whole vision of the school. The level of respect and manners they display towards one another is hard to find elsewhere. This school is doing it right!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2010
Parent Involvement is a key to success at any school. Farnsworth has some strong parent involvement. They also have wonderful teachers and strong leadership from the Principal who wants the best for her beloved school. The sports program was not cancelled because of lack of parent involvement it was cancelled because the parents that wanted the program wouldn't do the work it takes to run a program of that size. It takes time, dedication and a lot of work. Some people just like to complain instead. My children have had very successful school careers at Farnworth and I am extremely thankful to all the wonderful teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2010
My Children have been at Farnsworth since they were in preschool and are now in the upper grades. We are very happy with the school, staff and the principal. My children initially started preschool needing speech therapy and are now doing extremely well and are involved in clubs and afterschool programs. The principal has always made me feel very welcome at the school and continues to provide great leadership.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
My children are very happy at Farnsworth. They have so many opportunities at this school that are made available to them by the dedicated staff and Principal. The Principal goes the extra mile to make Farnsowrth a wonderful place to learn. She makes decisions that may not be popular by ALL parents or even staff, however, she makes sound decisions that have the best interest of the school in mind. With the budget crisis that the school faces, just like many schools across the city, there is no other Principal that I would rather be in charge of Farnsworth than Dr. Wells. Her experience and determination is needed during these difficutl times. Thanks for another great year!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
I STRONGLY DISAGREE with the parent post from June 4. I have been at Farnsworth for many years and have not seen this decline. We have STRONG leadership that is very supportive of staff, is aware of what staff is doing, and constantly provides opportunity for growth. Teachers are very willing to go that extra mile to help a child succeed. I can't speak for all sports programs, but the 2 we were involved in HAD very poor parental support. Tae Kwon Do and dance programs were great. I think it is premature to assume they will not be offered next year. I hope you find a school you are happy with, you don't seem happy here.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
My son attends first year the PRE-K program at Farnsworth.What a great year!!!WONDERFUL TEACHERS!!! He is so happy so Im happy even more.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
Farnsworth was a GREAT school that had a GREAT principal... through the years they have both been slowly declining. We need a strong leadership that is supportive and aware of what their staff is doing and what their staff needs to be better. The upper grades are the ones suffering the most. I read the previous posts about all the after school activities and would like to give an update. The sports program was cancelled by the principal because she said there was lack of parental support which is very untrue. The Taekwondo program just started this year and I've heard we might not have it again. There was rumors about a dance program but I havent heard anything. There was a great school play which was a first and hopefully happens again. After school all stars can only be offered to a small amount of 4th-8th graders.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
Farnsworth, what can I say about this school, Well my 2 kids attended this school know they are in High School. People say, When there is a good fundation the rest is a piece of cake. Well Farnsworth was a very good school for my kids. The teachers were very helpful and professional.Now that the schedule is changing it will make a diffrence in the teaching but also the learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
I am a parent with two children at Farnsworth. I am currently 'out of district' but my children were allowed to attend due to special needs. My husband and I found the school, Principal, staff and families so welcoming that we have decided to move into the neighborhood. Having experienced other CPS schools, I feel fortunate to be a part of this school community.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
I think that having the school follow a Track E schedule starting next year is GREAT !!! I think it will be a great help to the students in the long run. The children will be ready to start in August without the teachers having to spend so much time reviewing. Sure it cuts summer short by a few weeks, but by mid August my kids are bored and miss their friends, and are looking forward to going back. GREAT decision.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
I'd like to respond to review written September 8, 2009. This was the first day of school. Curious why you are sending your child to a school you are not happy with. It's unfortunate you did not give the school a chance. I have found the school to be wonderful There are numerous programs the parents and admisnistration bring to the school. I love it! And more important-my kids love it!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Love this school!!!! just transferred my son from another CPS School in 4th grade. Thought the adjustment might be difficult but it has been so wonderful. The school as a whole is great, the teachers all obviously care about their students, the work is so much more creative than anything else he had done previously. This school is a gem. Best decision I've ever made

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Farnsworth truly cares about the children- the teachers especially those in PreK make sure the teacher/parent relationship is strong with open communication which only helps strengthen the children skill sets. The children WANT to go see their teachers and are excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2009
Don't like the school it does not have after school programs or activitis its boring . Is like the teachers just work because they have to not because they love to teach.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
My daughter attends the pre-k program at Farnsworth; I am very pleased with this program, the teachers, and the aide.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
Farnsworth is a great school. When you walk in the school or any classroom, you feel like you are part of a family. The teachers care so much about the children and will bend over backwards to help them out. Some dislike the principal because they say she is too strict. However, she is very caring and demands the students be respectful and responsible and will ensure that they live up to those mottos.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
I am ending my term as a student teacher at Farnsworth and although it was not my first choice I have grown to love the students. I also feel that the faculty is warm and inviting and made feel a part of this wonderful school. From what I have seen the staff at Farnsworth puts everything they have into providing the children with a quality education. I only hope that the next school I go to will be as great.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2008
I have had two children attend Farnsworth. My daughter still does. Though the teachers in this school are very good (highly qualified, caring, eager to work with parents, etc.), they seem to be over-loaded with students. I had to make a trip to my daughter's classroom last week, and in every classroom that I happened to glance into, it looked as though the students were sitting on top of each other. Either some of those students need to be assigned to other schools or the principal needs to hire more teachers. Also, the school seems to have a dictatorial air about it. From talking to my children, their friends, and my children's teachers, I get the feeling that the school is run with an iron fist. While I understand that discipline and rules are important, there can also be too much of a good thing.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2008
As a teacher at Farnsworth, it is a great privilege to work with such a fine group of highly qualified educators with students' best interests a priority. Many of our teachers go above and beyond to enhance the education experiences of the students. It's a joy to be a part of this learning community.

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2008
This school is the finest institution in the Chicago Public School system. The proof is evident the moment you enter the esteemed doors of Farnsworth School. The staff is highly qualified, respectful, and responsible for facets of learning. The community is welcoming and strong with a tremendous sense of loyalty to the ultimate goal of education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2008
Farnsworth is the best elementary school. The teachers are great, the principal is wonderful, and the education is perfect. The students that attend this school are receiving everything they need that can lead them towards a wonderful future.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2008
This school is horrible. The principle treats the student's like robots. They have no space to express their feelings. Also, the school smells like urine.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
Attend this school K through eight. Couldn't pick a better school to have attended in my developing years!

- submitted by a student
no rating August 30, 2007
My kids were in private school in Pre-K and 1st grade. They've been in Farnsworth for the last 2 years now and I can say that this school is great and maybe even better than any private ones (cheaper for sure!).

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
My wife and I were extremely pleased with Farnworth - our daughter just completed pre-k there. The teachers took a tremendous interest in our child, she participated in so many great things, the classroom was learning-friendly and they created an orderly classroom environment. We had anticipated sending our daugher to a private school but couldn't have been happier with Farnsworth.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2006
Farnsworth is a great school! My 3 kids have excelled at this school. The school has a sense of community and involvement by parents and teachers is excellent. After school programs are offered with a variety of activities for academic (both excellence and remedial), sports, arts and music. I would highly reccommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Thus far I like the school a lot. The teachers are wonderful and attentive. They give a lot of one on one time with the kids. The school in general is great enviroment, and I would recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 01, 2005
Hi, my name is Diana Gordon. I graduated from Farnsworth Elementary in 1996 with the last name of Zavacki. Farnsworth is a great school! Not only did I attend here, but my younger brother and sister did as well. Thanks, Diana =)

- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2003
Farnsworth is a great neighborhood school. The principal is on top of everything. It is like a small community. They have a great sports program and took city champs in 2003 for girls softball.

- submitted by a parent
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Farnsworth Elementary School
5414 North Linder Avenue, Chicago, IL  60630
(773) 534-3535
Last modified Farnsworth Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Farnsworth Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top