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Students enrolled: 534

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5625 North McVicker Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646

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(773) 534-1189
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November 24, 2014
The old complaints regarding the principal, no longer apply. Middle of last year Hitch received the most amazing principal~! He truly cares. Listens to parents and makes time for any concern. He takes very seriously the ultimate goal of the children receiving a good education. I had nothing but horrible experiences with the other principal. Horrible. The other reviews stating high quality of education, had to be mostly from parents educated here. Perhaps never in the system before, with nothing to compare Hitch too. Pay attention to what they are not learning~!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Goo school so far my daughter is only in Pre-K and I like the way they inform me about school activities and school academics also the teachers keeps me updated and always reply to my emails.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
this school is getting lower and lower.Teachers are losing their interest in teaching .Efficiency is gone from school teachers.Kids doesn't want to go to school because of their behavior.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
I am not sure where they are getting 20 children per teacher. This school is drastically overcrowded and relief does not seem to be in sight. The teachers are great but the class sizes are outrageous.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Horrible leadership....the principal did nothing when I complained multiple times about teacher neglect and staff issues...My children and I moved out of the neighborhood so I didn't have to send them,,,Trust me folks....there is a reason Hitch has a bad reputation in this neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
We are new to Hitch, my son just started Kindergarten and we are very pleased. My son loves his new school. I do feel that that a 5 is way to low. I did my research before we started here and I am happy with my decision.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
5 are you kidding! My son has attended for 7 years. He is an honor roll student and it is all due to the staff and principal! There are over 14 afterschool activities, tutors available in the morning, open door policy with the principal(Ms. Reese) and a beautiful area for the kids to play. The nearby Catholic school has recess in the street. They don't even have a playground. We have a running track , field and playground area. The curriculum is always changing to enhance the students abilities and I feel very lucky to have my child be a Hitch Husky!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
My children have been attending Hitch for most of their school' years. The Hitch family cares for their students. I am impressed with the principle, Ms Reese takes great measures for the continued success of the school. If your child has a chance to attend Hitch that is truly a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
This school is amazing! My children are also testing above average in all subjects. There is a growing sense of community and much of the PTA work feels grass roots because the school had done such a turn around. I am happy with the diversity of children speaking other languages even if it brings down the overall test scores for the school. It is better to be unkown and not overpopulated like some of our neighboring schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2009
I have two boys attending this school. I transferred them at the beginning of the school year. At first I was hesitate given that my sons were at a performing art school. But to my surprise the school is great. The teachers are caring, and the principal is excellent. I encounter a situation and the principal follow through to the very end and still made a follow up call to make sure I was ok. The curriculum is wonderful, and very detailed. I can't say enough about the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2009
I have a son attending Hitch and I have become more involved with the school and PTA. The staff, Principal and many parents are amazing and always so positive. We all have a common interest and that is the future of our children. Hitch is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2009
We are so happy at this school. Its funny I spend quite a bit of time out in the community and find no problems with the children from this school at our area parks. However, the children from 2 of our nearby private schools have been causing so much trouble that they recently held a CAPS meeting in our park. The leadership is strong and growing Hitch. In our current economy I am so thankful to have such a great public school & am in agreement that these other families are missing out. My child is testing above average in all subjects. The testing is misleading for this school because of the language barriers with some of the cultural diversity but the academics are great. The PTA is working on a climbing gym!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
Like another parent, I too changed to Hitch mid-year from a private school. The principal is so great and involved in the school. My child has the best teacher. There are so many opportunities to get involved in a variety of clubs. After a month, my Kindergarten student started to read. And he was happy to be there from the first day. The standards set here are high and the students know it. Many children in my neighborhood go to private schools and I think they are missing out.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
I had my son in a private school and moved him to this school mid year. His teacher is amazing. The principal is great. More neighborhood children are attending each year. I wanted to expose my child to many cultures, it is why we live in the city. However, this is not true if you are in a private school. He has more homework than he did at a private school. His teacher has a masters instead of a bachelors degree. There are musicals, clubs, etc. They are developing a reading garden. They have all kinds of animals in the science lab. There is an open door policy and I have used it frequently. I was concerned about the reputation of the school but found individuals providing opinions did not have actual facts. I am more than happy to have the extra money in my bank account. Great Work Hitch!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
My daughter attends pre-k at Hitch. From the time I went to the parents meeting/registration last spring the staff, particularly the principal have exuded a true sense of community and made me and my family feel like welcome members of that community. My daughter's teacher is very current on teaching techniques to help the students learn the basics of reading and math so that they will be better prepared for kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2008
The current principal, Ms. Reese, has raised the status of Hitch Elementary tremendously through her dedication to the students and superior leadership skills.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
The greatest school school on earth. The principal is a very nice and hard working person. This school should win a prize!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2007
Hitch is a wonderful place to be, both as a parent and as a student! My children love going to school each day thanks to the talented teachers who spend much time outside of the classroom preparing so that my children receive an engaging and rigorous curriculum on a daily basis! Not an easy task for the low pay teachers receive! I enjoy being a part of my children's school community and always am welcomed when I come to the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
Hitch has been a wonderful support for my LD son. I can't imagine why anyone would complain! They are so supportive there - even the principal helps. I have a daughter in 4rth grade too. No disability - but lots of attention and support. Hitch is the best thing that ever happened to us!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
Hitch is absolutely horrible when it comes to learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
Hitch is a good school with many good teachers. However, the administration and Principal are not very friendly nor try to create any relationship with their parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2007
I am so pleased with everything about this school! I love the diversity, leadership, student focus, and high standards in academics. Go Hitch!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
Hitch is a decent school. There are some teachers that are great and caring. The office staff leaves something to be desired. Actually, the administration in general are not very personable. The classes are overcrowded as they are in most CPS classes. My child is learning but I feel like we are getting short changed. The most talkative and caring person, in my opinion, is the police officer/security guard. She asks how we are doing, and knows what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2007
Great students, great parents, great teachers, great administration. What's not to like? This is a kids first school. Every year they get better - every year they are more student/family/community focused!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2007
My child graduated in the class of '06. She was very happy with her classmates and teachers. I am very satisfied with the involved adults that teach and work at the school. I loved it there when i graduated, also. I like the fact that the school allows kids to come and attend the school, even if they do not live close. Education should not depend on distance. Overall great school!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2006
Hitch is a good enough school. There are some teachers that are worth their weight in gold and there are others who are not. Parent involvement is low but parents are not as welcome as the administration likes to think. The office staff are very rude and patronizing. If I could send my child to another school, I would.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2006
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August 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I think the classes are overcrowded and children should not be bussed in from other parts of the city to clutter up the class rooms here. The teachers would be able to give more individual attention if this was not the case.

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Hitch Elementary School
5625 North McVicker Avenue, Chicago, IL  60646
(773) 534-1189
Last modified Hitch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hitch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top