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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 571

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1734 North Orleans Street
Chicago, IL 60614

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November 12, 2014
LaSalle is a great school that has only improved over the past few years. The world language program is truly special and there has been a strong emphasis placed on art and music in addition to the core subjects. Extensive work has been done over the past few years to bring more technology in the classrooms. Large class sizes are unfortunate, but are compensated for by reduced sizes during foreign languages classes. New electives for grades 5-8 are a major hit with kids who get to select a class that they want to take. Virtually all of the "deadwood" teachers mentioned in other reviews are now gone. For a CPS school that you don't have to test into, LaSalle clearly deserves to be ranked among the very top schools in the city and consistantly places high percentages of students into the best selective enrollment high schools. We have been here six years and count ourselves as incredibly lucky to have gotten in.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2014
There is an exceptional quality to the school at many levels. A real jewel in the city.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
LaSalle is simply the best! We love it for our daughter and can' wait to enroll our son. Good to know: once you are in, all siblings coming in kindergarten are enrolled in the sibling lottery.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
I thought I won the lottery when my daughter got accepted to LaSalle, a school that offers a diverse setting , along with a strong curriculum and safety. Not ! not this school, it is truly running off of it's reputation! The principal doesn't return emails in a timily matter, issues are down played and you are told as the parent to speak to the mom on your own time not LaSalle, bullying happens everyday and the interventions that cps claims to have a zero tolerance for is not practice here! This school is not a safe healthy learning environment for my child unless you are part of the political party here, I was confronted by a parent and told to wait here until she comes back after I ask the assistant principal for a parent conference in which the AP told me no conference, and for me to call the parent, I told her I wouldn't contact this parent and that it should be in a conference at thee school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
I transferred my kid to this school for the language program even though she is already in upper grade level. The teachers and office staff were extremely helpful to ease her transition into a new school. After one year, I strongly feel that we made the right decision to transfer her there. The environment is very warm and friendly; PTA is the best as I have ever seen. LSC is on top of every issue concerning our education and working closely with the principal. Most of all, my kid now does her own homework without me bugging her. She is encouraged to take her own responsibility. I can't say enough about this school. To get into this school, we went through lottery system. We are so grateful for the opportunity to be part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
Is this School gives total education program : Math, english ,culture general,sciences, and french language ? What level, they strat math and french language? Thanks for your help.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2012
I graduated from LaSalle. I love LaSalle! I was very well prepared for high school. LaSalle gave me the opportunity to do Camp Edwards for 3 days in 6th grade and to travel to Spain for 2 weeks in 8th grade! How many elementary schools do that? The teachers and administrators helped me become the best graduate I could be. I felt respected and I made many friends I will keep for ever! Go Leopards! Go LaSalle!

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2012
LaSalle is one of the very few schools of excellence in Chicago. It has earned its reputation with consistent high results despite a recruiting process (Lottery) that does not select gifted students. The learning climate is amazing and teachers are competent, dedicated and caring. Each year, 100 % of the 8th graders graduate and a majority of them enroll in selective enrollment high schools. Parents are welcome and many volunteer in the school for recess and lunch duty. What more can you ask from a public school with 32 students per classroom?

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2011
LaSalle is one of the best schools I can imagine sending my kids to. I live in the Lincoln district but the diversity, parent involvement, quality education, excellent language program, dedicated teachers and quality community environment drew me to LaSalle. I cannot be happier. We are so lucky that both of our children attend LaSalle and get to grow up in an open-minded, caring, and academically rigorous environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
Lasalle is not a school that focused on the children needs. Lasalle primary focus is testing high. If you're a parent who believes in mastering a subject before moving to the next. Lasalle has a horrible system for this plan. Lasalle usually do many things at one time. This scares me, because my child usually struggles with keeping up or maintaining the necessary materials needed because of this plan. Usually, I'm the one stressed beyond measures to keep my child at the level they think she should be at. For instance, within the last thirty thru sixty days. My child is expected to learn money, clocks, symmetry shapes, angles, number stories, adding, subtraction, counting by 5, 10's. She hasn't mastered most of this stuff, because they usally stay on it for a week and move on to something else. For God's sake, she's six years old and this is only the math we're speaking in terms of. Usually, the parents are required to fill the loop hole of their over stressed system. Because the teachers are never accountable for the rubric they've created. (Goldfigure) Talk about a system set up of corporate.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
I went to LLA from 1994-2003. It was a wonderful place to grow up. After elementary school, I went to Whitney Young Magnet HS on the near west side and would come back to the Old Town Triangle area for teenage-oriented classes at the Second City Training Center in Piper's Alley. It's been almost a decade since I graduated, but I still look back on my time at Lasalle fondly.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2010
I love LaSalle for all of the dedicated and caring teaching staff. I also love its diverse student body and great parental involvement. The is what makes LaSalle stand out from the rest. Excellent school that enriches the students in a positive manner.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
This is my son't 2nd year at LaSalle. I felt incredibly fortunate when we got a call about his acceptance. I was thrilled that he would be attending a school that would challenge him. That said, I am hoping that my son can attend another school that would cater to his needs. He is not being challenged. I have spoken to his teachers about his academic level and while they were kind enough to listen to me, they basically told me point blank that they could not teach above grade level. I was incredibly disappointed. My child tells me that he does not enjoy school because it is boring. I don't think he is being challenged and inspired. I fear that his experience at school will make him dislike going school altogether. If you have an academically gifted child, my advice is to test him into a gifted school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Lasalle is the most diverse in student and teachers. Each student learns a foreign language and is able to travel overseas to that country. It is a great school that teaches each student how to become a world citizen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
LaSalle has the most diverse group of students. Teachers that geniunely care about their education. This is not something that just happened overnight either. I attended LaSalle in the late 70's and through the early 80's. The bar was set a long time and rises every year and the students and staff more than rise up to meet it every year. Not to mention my daughter and I get a kick out the fact that she has class in the same classrooms as her Dad.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
It's got great teachers, and a dedicated parent community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
LaSalle is an awesome school with great teachers, a great principal and vice principal, great speciality teams, awesome students, and wonderful parents. LaSalle knows that it takes parent/student/teachers working together to make the right learning environment. LaSalle is resourceful,enriching, improving, diverse, global, well-supported, changing, fun,aware, promoting health and respect. I would say I hate to brag but since they say that is what this is for....LaSalle is the 'place to be'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
I love the LaSalle Language Academy because of it's diverse student body, it's caring and dedicated faculty, and the feeling of community among the families of the school. The curriculum of world language makes the children feel that they are part of the globabl community, that what they achieve can and will make a difference in the lives of many. The 'LaSalle Way' teaches respect for each other and ourselves. They learn it and live it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Great in Language, World Cultures, and Geography. Fantastic all round.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
Great in language, teaching children how to be great citizens and respect everyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
LaSalle makes us feel like an important participant in a global community with its daily language curriculum, cultural events, and foreign exchange programs. LaSalle is able to do this because of a tradition of tremendous parental involvement from families with diverse and multi-cultural backgrounds. We are lucky to be at this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2009
LaSalle is a school that has students that already have a majority of excellent knowledge without needing help from the academy. However, the students at LaSalle lack respect and are very rude to their classmates. They do not learn communication skills and those who do not already have proper grammar or lack in any other subject because they do not have outside aid do not prosper. The teachers do not know how to communicate properly to their students and do not have a team effort at teaching them. The teachers teach 'read and write' lessons where everything is forgotten and no knowledge is gained. LaSalle is known as a 'smart' school. They have high test scores but that is because they have students who have the ability to learn on their own. LaSalle requires language as a subject which is important. LaSalle is o.k. but lacks a well rounded education plan.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
My sons are now into fifth and first grade at LaSalle. They love their school and must of all their teachers. The new principal is great and always willing to discuss any issues and/or any updates on the school. The test scores are great as well. Thank you for doing a wonderful job!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
We are heading into our sixth year at LaSalle and have had a chance to experience both principals and while I had no issues with the previous one. I love the new one. We felt our highly motivated child was welcomed for a good test score and then forgotten. Not so anymore with a principal always finding out about new programs for us. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
My child has been at LaSalle for 3 year now and loves it. It is a diverse, inner city, PUBLIC school, and let's not forget that! LaSalle does not have a selective entrance exam like the gifted centers and the pre-IB program. This makes it all the more amazing that it gets such a wonderful placement record into the top city high schools. It is not perfect, but given the 30-34 children per class, and the non-selective entrance, it does a great job. The students who work hard seem to do pretty well, the test scores are great. The language trips sound fabulous. Sometimes I wish that the complaining parents would just pull their children and go to their local neighborhood schools, as the negativity can be infectious. I would like to say thank you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 13, 2008
I am a parent of a recent graduate of Lasalle, the school has prepared my daughter extremely well, she has placed in all honor classes for her freshamn year and straight to Spanish 3 thanks to her extensive language learning. I thank all of the Lasalle staff for this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2008
LaSalle is an excellent school, even if your child isn't a fast learner. you can request parent teacher conferences, and extra help is always given to those who need it. Complaints are always taken to mind

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2008
I am a student at LaSalle LAnguage Academy. I really love the school, and would recommend this school to anyone interested. My teachers are fantastic, I have great friends, and our school is one of the best all around, especially in culture and academics. The best part is that you choose a language to take in Kindergarden, and then get to go to a country that speaks that language for an exchange program in 7th or 8th grade. Its very culturally enriching and fun experience. I really love my school.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2007
My daughter is currently in 4th grade and I love how well the kids get along with each other, especially since most of them have been together since kindergarten. I can appreciate the strong involvement of the parents. My advice to any new comers is to overlook the cliques and just be your own person, keep in mind this good education is for your child/children. I would also like to comment about the communication between parents and teachers. So far the communication is there, just as long as you ask plenty of questions even if you don't think it matters. Some of my favorites are: Mrs. Knapp(kdg), Mrs. Waller(2nd grade), Mrs. ford/Mrs. Driscoll(3rd grade) and Mrs. Pinal(4th grade). Overall, my daughter and I love Lasalle Language Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
I agree with the reputation being lofty. The addition of more specific fine arts classes will make the school nore attractive. Although Dr. Narea has held it all together, most of her staff, teachers included, don't communicate well with parents. The quality of education at LaSalle is just good: There is not much of a challenge for the overachievers. For the most part, students are taught how to test well.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
This school is fine if your child is self motivated and learns easily. The class sizes are too large for children with learning differences or other challenges to thrive. This issue becomes much more significant in the upper grades. There are also discipline issues that the school is quick to blame the students for when in reality many of the teachers lack classroom management skills and discipline policies are inconsistent and ineffective. The high teacher turnover rate in recent years is also a concern. This is an average school, there is much that needs improvement. The strengths are in the primary grade teachers and the high level of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2006
Both of my children attended LaSalle and are now at a college prep high school. LaSalle prepared them well for high school. We feel very lucky that we were able to attend LaSalle. It is a public school where there are too many students per class and teachers are challenged from all sides but the school provides a beautiful balance of diversity, community, and education.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
My daughter goes to this school and I agree with alot of the parents. Lasalle is just a reputation. The principal does not know how to interact with the parents and is very rude to the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
LaSalle's greatest strengths are its diversity, its principal and its faculty. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Class sizes are large but don't appear to affect the quality of instruction. I would like to see a bit more emphasis on art and music, but you can't have everything--especially in the Chicago Public Schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
LaSalle has high level of parent involvement and a challenging academic curriculum. Students are challenged and are well prepared for High School.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
Terrific test scores but class sizes (especially at the elementary grade levels were a bit worrying.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
My daughter is now in the fourth grade at LaSalle and in the last two years things have been better especially second grade. It seems that as the children get older the teachers seem to have better communication skills as well as more patience. I still stand by my first posting on this site (March 2004) in regards to the principal because no matter what grade your child is in she still seems to lack communication skills and understanding of certain ethnic groups. Overall I would still recommend LaSalle to any parent because of the curriculum and a few choice teachers, Ms. Miller being at the TOP of the list.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
The school is great everybody is like a family member.

- submitted by a former student
November 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
Went there - Good School - Good kids (mostly).

- submitted by a former student
September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
Our son is entering 1st grade this fall. We were thrilled by the quality of education and warmth of the teachers during our 1st year at LaSalle.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
LaSalle is an extraordinary school and the detracting comments within this website indicate a misunderstanding of so much. The comment that things go down hill after kindergarten is refuted by the fact that our 8th grade classes are often recognized for achieving the top ten highest school wide test scores in the State of Illinois. That accomplishment requires a continuum of quality from kindergarten through eighth grade. There's no doubt that LaSalle is a school where everyone is expected to work hard. That includes students, teachers, administrators, and parents. LaSalle achieves excellence through hard work. Every teacher I meet at LaSalle shows true, genuine, and real concern for my children. They also show remarkable insight to my children, their needs, and their abilities. If they seem a little 'busy' and rushed, so be it, because I know they are accomplishing great things. I've seen it firsthand at all grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2004
I agree with the parent that stated 'Lasalle's good school is just that 'a reputation'. The teachers and that's including the principal need to learn to to interact with parents and solve whatever conflicts that occur. 90% of the time they act like you are bothering them when you are inquring about anything. The best thing about LaSalle is the kindergarden teachers. They are wondeful and caring. After that it all goes down the tubes.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
We feel so very lucky to have our daughter at La Salle. Not only is she receiving the best public school education, she is learning, respect, dedication and oh-so much more. The lower grade teachers, have been outstanding. They are loving, caring and outstanding educators. We are getting a privite school education at a Chicago public school. How lucky we are!!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2004
The reputation that Lasalle has for being a good school is just that 'a reputation'. The curriculum at the school is the best you'll find anywhere public or private, but it's the teachers that need serious improvement. First of all they lack people skills when it comes to interacting with the parents. For the entire time my child has been there I've never been greeted with a 'Hello' or anything of that nature when meeting with a teacher or the assistant principal for that matter. Second the teachers need to be educated on how to solve and help the children solve any problems/conflicts that arise instead of screaming at the children and ignoring the situation at hand. I feel that if Lasalle would really like to rise to the good reputation that it has there needs to be some form of intervention with the teachers and the principal included.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2003
LaSalle has traditionally been one of the 'hottest' schools in the area (if not the hottest). It's always been very difficult to get into, and this probably feeds into its reputation. The reality is that it's a pretty good school, but has its drawbacks, many of which are endemic to the fact that it's a public school. Much of the faculty is 'dead wood,' especially in the upper grades. Some parents take their kids out in these grades for just that reason. The big inducement to stay is a class trip to the country of their foreign language in 7th or 8th grade. On the other hand, one of its strengths is its diverse student body. It draws from all of Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods. Another of its strengths is parental involvement. However, the parental participation is overwhelmingly white, and minority parents are sadly underrepresented in this area. Not by deliberate discrimination, of course, but probably by economic circumstances.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2003
I'm an eighth grader who attends LaSalle. Frankly, the school sounds good in theory, but after several years, its only purpose is to make the students savor the weekends. I admit, some days can be fun, but this year there has been nothing all that great about anything. We've all lost interest in the upcoming assembly, we have learned absolutely nothing in mathematics, and all student-run organizations(i.e. student council) have no power whatsoever. We are living in a dull oligarchy at school.

- submitted by a student
November 17, 2003
My daughter has attended Lasalle Language Academy for five years. My daughter is learning how to speak Spanish, she is also developing people skills and overall she is getting the best Education that I could have ever hope and prayed for. The Principals all seem to work well with the Teachers. The strong point of this the School I think is that the Children are well behaved. The children learn to help each other, they are also very respectful to one another. This is a plus and it helps for the overall unity of the School. They all work together to make LaSalle the great School that it is today. This School is one of the best Schools in the City and I always recommend it to anyone who ask. Sincerely, A Grateful Parent!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2003
Every since my oldest child has been attending Lasalle, I have never thought of another school for my other two childern. It is the greatest elementary school ....ever!

- submitted by a parent
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Lasalle Elementary Language Academy
1734 North Orleans Street, Chicago, IL  60614
(773) 534-8470
Last modified Lasalle Elementary Language Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lasalle Elementary Language Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top