I've seen the homework my child bring home adjust based on her speed of learning. It has gotten progressively harder as the year has gone on and I'm happy to see her rise to the occasion. The teachers are always monitoring how she's doing and the classes all have a special University of Chicago reading evaluation done throughout the year.
The blended classrooms at jahn bring the special education directly into the general ed rooms -- the kids have "bucket buddies" from age preschool on up and are learning empathy toward others I could never teach them at home.
I think that the greatschools ratings data is outdated from the 2013 school year -- this school is improving dramatically each year but the biggest strides have been in the past 2 years -- it has jumped now to a Level 1 rated CPS school with high scores across the board in academic achievement, attendance, and 360-evaluations. The teachers and administration are so receptive to parents and the whole Jahn community is so approachable. You won't find another school in the area with the diversity, co-teaching blended classrooms, and staff:student ratio that Jahn has. It is a wonderful place of learning for my two kids.
Jahn is a great up and coming school. The principal Mr. Herring and teachers are fantastic. The community of parents are really welcoming and involved as well. We are really happy with our experience here.
We couldn't be more happy with Jahn Elementary, the staff, amazing Principal that's committed and driven to make Jahn the best school around. The curriculum is the same as any other CPS school, having friends in other schools I've got to learn first hand that no other school is different or better then Jahn. My Kindergartener last year started getting bored and acting out in class, his teacher right away suggested challenging him more. His behavior not only improved but his reading, writing and spelling completely turned around. Top notch teachers for a Top notch School!! Thanks Jahn!!
This is a great school with a committed staff and amazing principal. We are a full inclusion school, so students get the benefits of two dynamic teachers in the classroom teaching to all learning styles.
We have had only one year of experience here, but the teachers and principal are genuinely caring and dedicated individuals; the parents are supportive and involved. As a CPS school, Jahn definitely brings with it any of the issues you'd have at other CPS schools and I will say we dealt with that as well. But as far as how Jahn's representatives dealt with these issues, it couldn't have been handled more professionally.
The preschool program is fantastic! They take spanish weekly, and the teachers keep up excellent communication and availability to parents. To respond to an earlier review which mentioned the residents of the neighborhood not sending their own kids there, I can personally attest to that not being true. Not only was my child's preschool class about 90% neighborhood kids, but even the families in the neighborhood who do not send their children to Jahn are active in the Friends of Jahn community, volunteering their time and money to continue to improve the school. It's a shame that Jahn is getting a bad rep; though selfishly if the class sizes stay as small as they are now, it would thrill me!