This is a great school with a wonderful principal and amazing teachers. It is not a typical CPS school -- It is Montessori in the lower grades and is on track to be an IB middle school.
Both of my children graduated 8th grade from OM. Seven years ago, I was impressed with the school, it' administration, the teachers and overall atmosphere, I couldn't recommend a better school! I was active, knew most teachers/staff and they knew me as well as my children. Currently new administration has taken over and it appears they are building a new student body while just ignoring the current students and the problems that exist. There are some intolerable things going on at the school, during school hours and little disciplinary action has been. I've felt lied too more than once by this administration and as a parent, graduation day cannot come soon enough. There was a time when I would have highly recommended OM. If you really like the school, Pre-K though 3rd, then move your child. If you dont' live in Lincoln Park they don't want you there anyway.
Our son tranfered from local private school KG to Mayer last year. We were pleasantly suprised, it felt like fresh breeze. His teacher is clearly one of the best, encouraging, supportive and most importantly seeing each student as an individual. Teachers really look for parental input/ vs pretent to seek for it in previous school/ Leadership is superb. We look forward to IB program starting this fall.
Teachers do not receive the necessary support to do their job, and consequently students suffer because of it. The principal spends the bulk of her time advocating the school in terms of PR but has little knowledge of true administration. I would not put my child in this type of environment!
I have two children at Mayer and I've found the school to be fantastic. There's a new principal and all kinds of great things are happening - there's a new focus on discipline, there are new after school programs, and the teachers are (and have always been) superb. Two thumbs up.
I have a child in preschool at Mayer at he considers it his second family. The teachers know him and I by name. It is a very comfortable environment. They expose the children to diverse perspectives, music, and art.
A school that is so badly run --the administration is awful and the discipline is worse--there is none.
I am a student graduate from Mayer and its a very close school as far as relationships are concerned you are always accepted at Mayer. Academically the students bring home a good load of homework and learn the required information to pass their IOWA tests each year. They did not have many extracurricular activited such as they did a few years back because funding was cut. When it comes to challenges for advanced kids there is little to say. But parents are very involeved with the school. One problem is that the principal sometimes does not follow up on complaints but the principal is always friendly with the students. Overall it is a good school.
I am a DePaul University elementary education major, and I had the opportunity to work in Oscar Mayer during the winter. I had the best experience! The teachers are very kind and loving, the classes are challenging and appropriate for the students, and there is a real sense of love present in the building. They children were actually excited to be in school, and excited to show their teachers completed homework assignments. The atmosphere in this school was impressive, and I would be honored to teach at Oscar Mayer or send my son there when he reaches school age.
Mayer is a excellent School I have two daughters to graduate from Mayer and went on to Lincoln Park H.S. were they 1 is taking college courses, and the other is enrolled in the Vocal Music Major Program.
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