the incredible dedication of its principal and teaching staff and the active Parent Council make this school excel. The principal is always there for parents and kids. Whenever the children are entering,leaving,or going on field trips she is there. She comes to the parties we have for the children and staff. The teaching staff is very ready to work with parents to help children overcome diffculties - in every grade they have helped my son with extra activities. The Parent Council is very active and parents are welcome in the classrooms. The principal always looks out for the good of the whole student body, and if you want 'special treatment' that conflicts with this goal, its unlikely that you will get it here. Expect fair and equal treatment.
Jackson is a great school with a lot of potential. The Languages offered are excellent, but the changes from language to language can disaapoint the children. The principal has no concern for change. The school needs to change some of its ways of communication with parents and students. There needs to be more cultural awareness for all, especially for the African American students. Overall the education is great, but the principal needs more people skills.
Can't say enough positive about this school. The teacher's are excellent and the homework challenging. The environment is nurturing. I attribute a lot of the success of this school to the leadership of the principal, who is very involved and personable. My daughter wakes up in the morning eager to go to school, which says it all.
I believe that A. Jackson is a good school but the Principal is doing the school a great injustice with her inflexible nature.
great staff, positive learning environment, diverse student body that benefits everyone, principal has what it takes.
We Love AJLA. The academics are tough and the students receive lots of homework but the test results speak for themselves. The principal, staff and caring teachers make AJLA feel like a second home to my daughters. More than one teacher has offered to stay late or show up early to give extra help in a subject . The racial diversity of this school is unbeatable, my girls have friends from all parts of our city. I feel that the school can offer much more in the extracurricular activities. Parent involement is very strong.
The Academic Program involves a tremendous amount of homework. Their main source of helping children is referring them to outside tutoring programs. The children who graduate live around the school are most likely get admission in to the top high school in the vicinity. The school has art, music, sports and computer class. Parent involvement is average.
the academics at this school are excellent and advanced. The teachers are well educated. The prinicpal sticks up for her school. My only complaint is the draconian discipline. In my son's first year he had quite a bit of damage to his self esteem due to AJLA's method of discipline for the incoming kindergartners. I can understand giving a smiley face or a star to students listening well and behaving, but to make a child sign their own name on a 'sad face' in front of the class if they didn't follow directions even once is excessive. No point to requesting another means of less humiliating discipline. With Chicago's schools so bad, AJLA can operate as it suits them they know parental options for other schools is small. Academics are great, but children who are absent-minded or shy are at a disadvantage. expect them to come home crying alot in Kindergarten.
I am currently a college student here in Chicago, I went to AJLA when I was younger. Of all the schools I attended, I specifically remember Andrew Jackson. I truly love this school, and when I have children, they WILL be enrolled in AJLA. I am very fluent with other languages because of the wonderful language program, I also received a head start on computers because of the advanced computers and advanced updated computer software. The library was truly one of the biggest and best, where the librarian made it easy for use to look up books, and I had a ball in gym, with Coach R. Overall, my learning experience in the classroom was the best. My teachers explained the work easily and made class fun and adventurous. Thank you AJLA!
LOVED This school. I'm curretnly in college-- and I still have very fond memories of Andrew Jackson Elementary Language Academy! Teachers are there to motivate the students. Both teachers and parents are very involved with each students learning experience. The school is very diverse, enabling me to learn tons about other culturs that I know I wouldn't have learned before. Coming to college, I see myself as having an advantage *because* I attended Jackson. I highly recommend this school to every parent. It was the greatest school I'd ever attended
Nicely designed, this school is spacious, bright & clean. Highlights include a wonderful language and library program, recess, gym, art, music, & computer lab. However, this is a very traditional school that places emphasis on conformity and test scores. Repitition and following directions preside over a very rigid, one-size-fits-all curriculum. Discipline within the primary grades include daily placement of children's names on a happy or sad face. Though safety & bullying issues are of great concern, there is little tollerance for age-appropriate behavior. Of course there are those of exception, but overall I find this school's culture non-differentiated, controlling & impersonal.
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