I belive that this school challenges our children on a level that has them thinking because it is one thing to figure out a problem, but its another thing to know step by step what to do and that is what the teachers strive for . The staff disciplines to keep the kids in their place, but not to the point where they find that more important than education. The principle cares about all his students & puts them first or makes decisions with them in mind. In my opinion, I love this school and the teachers.
I am troubled by the negative remarks regarding Gallistel. I feel they are unfair, if not dishonest. As a parent, I found the staff well qualified and committed to their teaching profession. The principle is highly motivated and genuinely cares for the students and the community. One cannot blame poor scores entirely on the staff and administration. If parents are not involved, and the child doesn t care then poor results are certain. Many families are immigrants, and are struggling economically. The importance of an education may be second to surviving the day s challenges. However, if the parent cares and motivates their child they will learn and succeed educationally at Gallistel.
This school is an awful school. I'm a former honors student, who happened to be in the gifted program. This school had me doing absolutely nothing to get straight A's. The kids aren't challenged. Most teachers don't care if the students succeed or not, and the gifted program has the same amount of work to do than all of the other classes. I moved to a suburb where i was enrolled into one of americas best high schools, where i was placed in all honors and ap classes. Once i was in i had no idea what all of the others kids already new. I was forced to do 10x the studying on top of the 4 hours of homework i already was assigned. If you have an option of sending your children to another school, i recommend you do.
Proud parent of an honor student graduating this year! Great teachers who are very involved with their students. Awesome principal.
To me, a parent thinks this is a great school for my child. All her past teachers were really good and very caringing. I can't believe others would say different, and as for the principle, he is always looking out for the children, and is doing his best on getting one building for everyone. AS for the staff, they're always with an eye out on the kids. So this is a great and caring school. Teacher's and staff...keep up the good work, even if you do have 3 building's to work with(we desreve to be under 1 roof like everybody else).
This school is overwhelming with excellence..I am a proud parent of 2 Gallistel students.
Awesome school, teachers are genuine and care for the children. Great learning evnvironment.
This school is unacceptable as a learning environment. The administrators are not role models for the students or the teachers. The 'gifted' programs are a joke. Washington and Addams have a much better staff and quality of program choices.
I'm a former student at Gallistel. I feel that the overcrowding is a major problem. Why is it that all the other schools around us get new building, when we're stuck moving our kids through 3 buildings? I was pleased with my education, other than one of our teachers quitting in the middle of the school year. Overall, the other 3 teachers were very experienced, and did a good job making up.
Gallistel is a wonderful school, with very educated staff members. The teachers are some of the best Chicago has to offer. They are innovative and hold many hold the highest level of degrees in teaching.
I am happy with the quality education at Gallistel. I do not like the building situation AT ALL but I know that is not because the administration is not trying. If I take my kids out, it is the board's fault. Why do other schools in our area get beautiful buildings and we don't? I have seen our principal ask for a new building. The teachers and administration are doing the best they can and I wish SOMEONE at the board would listen to us!
The proof is in the pudding. Just look at the ISAT scores. Although the concept of a language school is wonderful, the staff are not that great. Our poor kids don't have a chance of succeeding with schools that are overcrowded.
I don't know what the big deal is both my son and daughter went their and it was a great school.Its a good school i just think it needs more funding.The kids don't want to be separated into three different buildings.
I have an 8th grader at Gallistel and needless to say I'm very disappointed with the principals,because for those who don't know there are 3 different buildings our children must attend and every year it is different.not only that but my child is herassed and called out her name on a daily basis.It seems that these. TEACHERS HAVE NO CONTROL ON THEIR STUDENTS just letting you know my other children will NOT be attending this school next year I will move out of District A.S.A.P
I am a parent as well as a staff member and I am tired of the administrators tooting their own horns. This school has the lowest scores of all the schools on the East Side. It used to be a great place to work and send my children but not anymore. There is no cohesiveness among the staff at the 2 buildings and the children feel the tension as well as the staff.
My child is in the gifted program and my experience is very different than the previous post. My child is very challenged and I am impressed with the quality of instruction and the new things they are doing in class. I know that the work has been very challenging and some students are frustrated because the expectations are so high but our teacher is very helpful. If you want an 'A' you have to earn it, but it is so worth it! Also, we already have a new administration (4 years). There have been so many changes in those 4 years - and all for the better!
We are not happy with the administration or the teachers at this school. Our 2 children are not challenged even though they are in a 'gifted' program. Thank goodness our children will be moving on to better schools in the area.
Awesome school! I am confused when I read the poor reviews. My child is extremely challenged and her teachers (in the past 3 years) have been incredible! Test scores in this school have gone way up. There Is a new administration and several new teachers who are doing good things with the students. This principal really cares and not only has he worked hard to make the learning better at Gallistel, he has done great things like brought a Adult/Parent education center to the school and campaigned for a new building. Also, discipline has gotten SO much better. I know of a few parents who were under a lot of pressure because their children were allowed to do whatever they wished in the past and they were not held accountable by the old administration. It is a safer, better school for my child today and I couldn't be happier.
I am disappointed that this school does not challenge my child. Their books and teaching techniques are out of date. I would like to see a whole new leadership that can bring some fresh new ideas to an old school.
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