Poe Classical School is certainly among the best elementary schools within CPS selective enrollment program. Prior to my daughter attending Poe, I had little knowledge of this particular school and was not one of my choice schools. However, I have come to realize that Poe is a true contender when it comes to preparing its students for academic rigor. Poe has maintained a consistent track recorded towards student development, growth and achievement for many years. My daughter is thriving and we attribute lots of her success to our extended family at Poe!! The Principle, Staff, Teachers, LSC and PTA work in tandem and provide cohesion among all stakeholders. Therefore I encourage parents to seriously consider Poe Classical School among the pool of CPS selective enrollment schools. You will be glad you did!!
I love Poe. My child has attended for the last 3 years. The principal, teachers, and staff are great and they challenge the students. My child loves the environment here. The LSC/PTA are working hard for the betterment for all at this school. Everyone is committed to ensuring our children continue to soar and grow. The teachers are very receptive to parents suggestions and work well together. This school has performed very well for many years and will continue to do that for years to come thanks to the committment of the principal, teachers, and parents. We care!!
I love Poe, The teachers here are concerned with your child's education just as much as the parents! I love the principal Dockery is greatly involved in the school. I love that he's interactive with the children & parents!!!
Poe is a level 1 school that still remains in the top 5 schools in Chicago. My experience with the primary teachers has been nothing but positive. This is my son's 2nd year and the communication between parent and teacher has build a wonderful partnership in the journey of learning for my son. When it comes to the teachers, I would defend them all day long.
Ian's a parent of a kindergartener, I'm very impressed with Poe with the principal at Poe. The kindergarten teacher, Ms. Jackson, is wonderful for my high spirited (and intelligent) son. She keeps him challenged and encourages his best behavior. I love that she keeps the lines of communication open with the parents. I could have my son test to go to Keller, but I really have no plans to move him. I'm looking forward to a good 7 years at Poe. From the two LSC meetings that I've been to, I do have concerns with the local school council leadership, but I'm sure it will be fine.
This school used to be great now it is good because our new principal has let go the greatest art teacher ever dr. brown-hicks and the greatest music teacher ever mr elmore has retired and the greatest kindergarten teacher has left
This school is excellent. Mrs. Haynes, the kindergarten teacher is great. The principal and vice-principal are very approachable, upbeat and seem to take care of business. The kids seem pretty well mannered and are not out of control. My child loves the school. She just completed kindergarten and has already started learning her multiplication tables. I was in 3rd grade before I learned them. This is a great school for us parents to partner with to make sure our kids get an excellent education.
Unfortunately I have to disagree with all of the reviews. My experience has been just the opposite. For 2 years in a row my child's teachers have refused to give advance notice of tests, have not returned homework or test results and put the majority of the grades in the online grade book just days before progress reports or report cards were to come out. Additionally, they essentially drop the entire cirriculum when the kids get back from Christmas break until they take the ISATs in March/April. After 6 months of being in school they completed 2 chapters in science and 1 chapter in social studies. How can you just not teach these subjects? I do believe the principal has leadership skills but she is retiring. I suspect she was the glue that kept this school together. If the next principal is weak, I guarantee the ISAT test scores will drop.
The is an all-star school. I wish more children could have this experience. The teachers actually teach and not just push worksheets in front of the children. The key building blocks for the elementary years success are stressed. Parent involvement is excellent. I would like more after school programs for the kids. The principal is very involved and communication is excellent.
I think this is a wonderful school. It has really put my daughter on a path to success. It is a loving and caring environment that makes the children want to learn. My daughter is into dance and cheerleading and I just wish they had more extracurricular activities for the girls in the school. The parent involvement is great.