Excellent school. My kids love it there. The teachers and curriculum are top notch, which is why kids from around the city try to test in. (It is our neighborhood school, so we did not have to test in.) The school is in a great neighborhood and a short walk away, which is convenient. It also has a Pre-K program, which was extremely convenient when our kids were little (everyone goes to the same place instead of multiple stops at a separate preschool for morning drop-off and evening pick-up). I have been impressed with the principal (Mr. Estrada), who has high but reasonable expectations for students and teachers alike. The school enjoys tremendous support from the parents (especially Friends of Alcott), which is why it is a choice destination for the best teachers in the system. The physical amenities are very good -- especially the new "Field of Dreams" artificial turf soccer field (again, thanks to the efforts of Mr. Estrada and Friends of Alcott). And the school supports many programs and clubs for the kids, including through the J at School after school program. The teachers have been very responsive to any questions or issues we have raised. In all, we have had an extremely good experience at the school.
Alcott has a wonderful principal, great teachers, and some of the most supportive and active parents (including "Friends of" group) in the city. And, with the brand new, multi-million dollar outdoor space, has some of the best sports infrastructure in the entire city.
My child has been at Alcott for 4 years and we are incredibly lucky to have found this amazing community! The school is one of only a handful of PK-12 CPS schools and has recently unveiled a 5-year strategic plan to ensure growth for all students and move the school from great to greatest. The new administration is truly terrific - the principal is professional, engaged, pragmatic, decisive, focused on data-driven instruction, and very open to parent involvement. We have a very active, welcoming community that encourages volunteerism and demonstrates to our students what can be done when an engaged parent base works closely with a focused administration to make a CPS school the best that it can be.
We have been at Alcott for 10 years...so far! It's the greatest. The teachers really care about the students, and the fact that the kids get art, music and drama as part of the curriculum is just wonderful.
My fifth grader started attending Alcott in Kindergarten and we have loved the school ever since. The staff, including the teachers and principle are outstanding. I couldn't find any school with a more committed team of educators. Our test scores have improved every year since we have been there, but more importantly, the children are learning how to become life-long learners. The parental involvement is phenomenal and together, every element is what makes this school first-rate.
Parents and community are extremely involved. They help raise school funds under a fabulous principal who is willing to work with the families and within the public school system to do what is best for the children.