McDowell is a great school. All three of my daughters attend McDowell. The headstart teacher and the teacher assistant are excellent with the children. The teaching staff care about the students and work as a connect unit for the benefit of the children. Space is limited at McDowell but they do very creative things with what they have. They offer male and female mentoring programs, music lessons, access to technology, computer learning games, a gifted program and more. Dr. Hood is an excellent principal and I feel proud to be a McDowell parent.
I absolutely love this school, I attended in 99, and went there until 2001. When I first walked in as a kindergartener in the first 5 minutes I was welcomed by the entire school. Education is absolutely important to these teachers, they make it fun and they make it worth your time, and if you don't make it worth your time that is definitely a problem with them. They are an incredible staff and thinking about the school makes me want to be an elementary student all over again. I learned alot here and I am who I am today b/c of my education starting here. You are doing an incredible thing to enroll your child here, they will definitely have the best brought out of them.
I am a .5 art teacher teaching at McDowell School of International Studies and think it is an abolutely wonderful school. The children are encouraged to be excellent and do their best -- and if they fall short, there are teachers, mentors and aids there to help them achieve their full potential. This is a school that has the flavor of a private school-- great teachers, great leadership and an atmosphere of nurturing, scholarship, respect for the arts and creativity. I am thrilled to be at this school, and feel my heart leap every time I pull up in my car to begin a school day. Bravo to Dr. Hood and everyone else who works so hard to make it a little jewel in the crown of Chicago Public Schools. Bravo!
My son is new to the school and he loves it. He made the statement that his teacher makes learning fun and that makes me soooo happy. He is happy and learning and that gives me peace of mind.
There are no words to say about this school, except bravo! The principal, and teachers greet you like family. They always have a smile on their face, and they make me feel confortable leaving my daughter in their care. The second thing they strive on is education. You see the difference. They care about the kids first, and then promote higher education. A child that feels comfort, and love, can not do anything else, but excel.
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