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1726 West Berteau Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

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(773) 534-5790
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February 24, 2014
The administration of the old Courtenay and old Stockton were very attentive to the needs of the ENTIRE COMMUNITY. The new administration of the new Courtenay will say and twist words to make parents happy. However, little is actually ever done by administration, unless it is done by the Intern Prinicipal. Up until recently when a recent article declared the school a "war zone" there was little communication from the school administration. The teachers here look worn out not only from the lack of support. The older students practically run this school since there is no discipline procedures in place. The number of students at this school is declining and I'd be surprised

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
The school administration is very attentive to students' and parents' needs. Our child transitioned from preK at Courtenay to kindergarten in the merger that welcomed Stockton's students. I think that everyone is frustrated with CPS corporate management and the teachers are trying their best. That said, I think the school administration should pay more attention to ALL teachers following the IEPs of students and not delegate the goals to be met by the Special Ed teachers alone.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
It should be noted that this school is much different than the reviews posted in 2013 and prior. It was merged for the 2013-2014 school year as part of the mass CPS school closings and is a completely different environment than the one described below.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
I am am a graduate from Courtenay that goes to Amundsen. The teachers and staff at Courtenay are amazing and kind. The teachers are relaxed and try hard to help kids get good grades. When I went I was part of C3 club where we learned about recycling and the earth. I was also part of the robotics club, even though we did not win it was an amazing experience.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2013
I am freshmen in high school, i attended Courtenay for 11 years, from 2 years in pre-k, kindergarten and then 1-8. This school is wonderful, the bonds built with the teachers and staff are very strong. Everyone is really nice. We raised money to build the new playground. The teachers really are dedicated to helping the students.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2013
Courtenay Language Arts Center is not only a school, but a close knitted community; a family. Your children will not only learn the needed skills to achieve in life, but will also develop frienships that will last beyond elementary. I went to this school, and I honestly believe that Courtenay prepared me for high school. Currently, I go to Lane Tech, one of the best highschools in Illinois. Thanks to Courtenay, I am now enjoying my time at there. The staff is very friendly and efficient, they truly do care about their students. As a student there, I was encouraged to do my best every day. If you are considering a school for your child, look no further, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2013
Courtenay Language Arts School is a great school where children are put first. If you want your child to feel valued and learn leadership skills, then this is your school. The school has excellent teachers and great leadership and support from the administration.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
This school is the best it has great academics ,as well as great teachers. Parents are always there to help out when needed and my son made lots of friends. I give it two thumbs up !!!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
What a great school community to be a part of! A diverse population, involved parents, dedicated teachers and administration- what more can you ask for? A new playground is being built and should be ready on the first day of school. They are adding an art and literacy teacher to their staff for next year as well. Friends of Courtenay is in place with active parent participation. Looking forward to the 2012-2013 school year!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
We chose Courtenay because of the small class sizes and high test scores, and we have not been disappointed. The teachers and administration are focused on ensuring that each child reaches their full potential. My kindergartener has gym class, music, and recess, and participates in monthly Literacy assemblies where students practice public speaking skills. Character development is emphasized as well, and there is an atmosphere of support and respect. A playground is being built this summer, technology is expanding, and Common Core curriculum standards are being adopted a year early to ensure that students are prepared in advance of the CPS wide shift. We are so pleased we chose to send our daughter to Courtenay!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
My Grandchildren started here this year. My Grandaughter is in sixth grade. I was so worried about her changing schools at this grade level, but it was an easy transition for her. There is a familiarity between the kids/staff that is very trusting and reassuring, especially to an overprotective Grandma. She is very happy here and that is important to me. My Grandson started pre school as well. I am hoping he will be able to continue here for the remainder of his elementary education. There are many activities that students can be involved in and I like that.I hope that our Alderman will bring some support to this school. I would love to see it in full bloom.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2012
I attended this school for ten years all the way up to eighth grade. This school has the best staff I've ever met. The teachers really care about the students and make sure that they are performing at their full potential. When I first enrolled at this school I did not know one word of English, however the teachers all worked with me and before long I was exceeding in school with straight A's, top percentile scores on standardized tests, and attending science fair competitions for the area and city of Chicago. I now go to Northside prep, the top school in Illinois and the 24th best school in the nation. While all of my classmates are complaining about homework and how low their grades are I am accustomed to the work load and have learned through elementary school how to juggle sports, academics, as well as efficient time management skills. I am one of the only freshmen at my school who did not have trouble adapting to the expectations of high school life. It is thanks to all of the staff at Courtenay, that I continue to exceed in school. If you are looking for a small school where your child's education can be given the attention it needs don't think twice about Courtenay.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2012
I transferred my daughter to Courtenay because of the school's excellent test results and its small size. I am very happy about this transfer. The small class size allows my daughter to learn a lot more in school. The teachers are excellent and passionate about their work. The math teacher offers extra help and teaches the students strategy and approach. I am very impressed by the Principal and the Assistant Principal. They greet every single child by name and show lots of affection and respect for the children. This is one big family and I am proud that my daughter is part of the Courtenay community. Great School!!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
My daughter started 1st grade this year and had come from a private school - I was worried that she'd get bored because she could read and write so well, but Courtenay has an "enriched" class for students who are advanced in reading and math. It is so wonderful to see her learning at her level, while the teacher is still able to focus on the students at the first grade level as well. All of the staff are friendly and focused on the school. The principal is wonderful and has addressed any concerns I've had immediately and with urgency. She also acts on the needs of the school and kids. They will be getting a playground next year, they offer PE twice or three times a week, technology. I am looking forward to see what's in addition next year with the longer school day. I am so happy we were able to attend this school. We enjoy the small tight-knit community that has the feel of a private school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
The people and teachers of this school are very dedicated and friendly. My son is behind in some subjects but they have teachers working with not only him but other students as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
I have two childeren at Courtenay and having had them at two other schools in the CPS system (one of which was a magnet), I can tell you they have never gotten close to the quality instruction they receive at Courtenay. The focus is on core; math, reading, science and the scool is small enough for the teachers to give all children the time and attention they need to suceed. These standard are set by Dr. Percel (principal) and never have I seen a principal so involved in the daily activities and achievements of the children directly. I couldn't be happier with our with our choice, and hope in the future they get the funding and attention they deserve.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
We are new to Courtenay this year and I am very happy that we made the switch. Although Courtenay is small in size and population, it is very big with its goals. They are constantly working to communicate with the families to improve the learning environment both at school and at home. My children receive so much more attention and better instruction than our last school that I feel that I couldn't have made a better choice.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
One of THE BEST schools in chicago and they deserve much more recognition for all that they do for the children. I have four kids who at some point attended Courtenay and everyone that we've encountered has been truly a beautiful person. You can see the passion that everyone working at this school has for ALL the kids. From the teachers to the ladies that greet you and are watching our children you can see that they care and want the best for our children which as a parent is exactly what I want from my kids and am overjoyed to have found them. The one thing I wish were different would be that the school was bigger so that many more children would have the honor of attending it.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
We have been at Courtenay since 2006 and we can not say how much we LOVE this school. When we moved out of the area we didn't think twice about keeping our younger daughter there. The commute to take both daughters to school (our older goes to Northtown now) is at least 45 minutes in good traffic but it is well worth it! All the teachers care about the students and are so enthusiastic about teaching. Dr. Percel and Ms. Lunetto (Principal and vice-principal) are doing amazing things to and with the school. We are so happy to be a part of the Courtenay Family.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
This is truly one of the best Elementary Schools in Chicago. My daughter is First Grade at Courtenay. Her class room is small with only 21 first graders. The principals and staff are fantastic, friendly, open and very involved in the students. The children are learning at least 6 months advanced of other first graders. I've been nothing but impressed with this school!! It is a hidden gem!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
I have been at this school for 7 years and will graduate next year. The staff here is great and good role models. They keep me out of trouble and help me with my work. The free time we are given allows me to focus better in class. My whole family attends or has graduated from Courtenay. I have met a lot of friends for life here!

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2011
My child has been @ Courtenay for 8 yrs he has excellent grades. The teachers are excellent and I am very happy with the attention we both receive from this school. The school is small which gives my son more attention to his needs. The Principal has been @ this school for many years and knows all the students and parents. The Principal and Assistant are always welcoming to parents and any needs we have with our children. I am so happy to have a school in CPS that makes my child and I both happy.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
I am a student at Courtenay and I've been here since 6th grade. Ever since I've been here I learned more and knew what I was doing. When I don't understand something there is always a teacher there to help you and make sure you understand what you are doing. Once you start to learn what you are doing you are going to want to teach someone else how much you know. There is always a star in somene and at Courtenay they make that star shine with a bright start.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2011
My child is attending Courtenay next year and I couldn't be more excited! There is such a warm feeling when you enter the building and I know my child will feel safe and do well at this school. Their test scores are out of this world, but their staff and families seem so dedicated which makes me feel really good about sending him there!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
i love this school and so do my kids .they are our family now. i had son graduate a few years ago . now one this year .my kids learn here and is has the very best excellent teachers u can ask for . thanks to courtenay staff our kids have a chance to become somebody.it takes a village to raise a child and we are doing it together here at courtenay schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2011
I have my 5 children here, my son started in pre-kinder and is now graduating from 8th grade. I love the teachers, principal and the individual attention given to every child. Keep up the good work Courtenay.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
My son and daughter both attend Courtenay and I have to say, they LOVE it. So do I. The teachers/staff are very dedicated to each student. Class sizes are amazing and my children have excelled. I do wish they had a playground but honestly, I think the kids learn imagination/ inventiveness and play well each other. Zero tolerance on bullying a plus. It amazes me how ALL the teachers know ALL the names of every student and who theirs parents are. The best school EVER!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 13, 2009
My daughter has attended Courtenay for the last 3 years. She will be entering 3rd grade next year and I have to say that the teachers are great. Because of some small class sizes, my daughter had to share her kinder and 1st grade year with the next grade. At first I wasn't really crazy about that bc I felt that perhaps the kids wouldn't get the attention they needed but on the contrary, she was able to learn more bc of it. She was in 1st grade, learning 2nd grade math and vocabulary. She's doing wonderfully in school and it's thanks to the hard work & dedication of her teachers. Thanks Ms. Blume!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2009
This school is wonderful. They give the children so much attention. And my daughter learned how to read in the first week of being there.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2006
I am very happy with the teachers of this school. I think the teachers are the strongest point of this school. I do wish they would add a seperate gym and stage area instead of sharing it with the gym, and the school is very drabby. I believe with some nice updates it will also feel like a quality school that it is. It also would be nice to have more extracurricular things for the kids to do. Ohterwise my daughter has excelled nicely and we will mishh this school when we move.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
School scored above 72% at/above the national norms in reading and math on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in 2004. Great teacher and administration...truly a child-centered curriculum

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June 07, 2004
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Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center
1726 West Berteau Avenue, Chicago, IL  60613
(773) 534-5790
Last modified Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top