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4728 N Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

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(773) 534-2625
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August 18, 2015
This school was a breath of fresh air in the overly-hyped and overly-waitlisted atmosphere of private schools in Chicago. This pre-K4 program (and this year, Kindergarten) was the best thing that could have happened to our bright, highly energetic child... they exceeded where the private schools simply couldnt due to lack of resources. If you want a full staff who can exercise every option to help your child learn, give McPherson a try. It is better than we could have hoped and it fits our child's learning methods perfectly.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2014
Improving, renovating, accelerating. My kind if neighborhood school. Promoting healthy lifestyle, parent volunteers always available. Staff is always caring and ready to help students and parents. Looking forward to next year!:)

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2014
One thing to keep in mind is that most people who post on these sites are employees. It is an honor system. You can click on whatever you want at the end.

- submitted by a community member

March 08, 2014
McPherson is definitely full of caring administrators and staff who strive to make a positive difference and do their best every day. I agree with the last reviewer about being suspicious about an author's intentions and purpose in regards to to an unfair, untrue and attacking anonymous post. It is unfortunate that some people are just plain miserable and mean and need to blame others for their "frustration" in life.

- submitted by a community member

February 23, 2014
No SPED class room at McPherson has 33 kids. The maximum is 13 and includes at least one teacher and several aids,most classes are below this. Under Illinois rules, students with mild disabilities who spend less than 20 percent of their time in special ed must be in pull-out classes with 15 or fewer students (or 17 with a paraprofessional), while those with more severe disabilities who receive special education classes at least 60 percent of the time must be in classes with no more than eight students (13 with a paraprofessional). In preschool, special education classes are limited to five students, or 10 with a paraprofessional. There was an attempt to change this last year but was successfully fought by CTU, parents (I testified) and others. Mr. Chico the chairman of the State Board got the matter dropped for which he should be thanked. Please get your facts straight. If you need/want an explanation further, contact the principal or the case manager for McPherson. Either will gladly clarify the issue for you and explain the CPS Guidelines for Special Education Programs"

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2014
My daughter started Kindergarten this year at Mcpherson. We were a little nervous, because this (our neighborhood school) is not rated very high. But we are so happy that we made this choice. Our daughter loves this school, her teacher is a wonderful person. She is caring, motivating and extremely committed to her work. I see wonderful things happening at this school. This is a great school wish only needs more people out of the neighborhood to join!

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2014
I find it horrible that in a SPED class from grades 3 -5 that I licensed teacher has to service 33 students! The kiddos are expected to pass the state testing standards and how can that happen when the teacher is overloaded with students. The teacher is trying her best and has high standards for her students. Unfortunately, I have heard she is looking for another position because of the poor working conditions. Doesn't CPS have a limit on how many students a SPED class should contain? If not, there should be! I would have for the school to lose such a valuable teacher. Please for the good of the kiddos and the teacher, please give the overworked teacher some support!

- submitted by a community member

November 06, 2013
My son started kindergarten at McPherson this year and we could not be happier with the school. He adores his teacher, and we are thrilled with his class size (17!). His curiosity has sky-rocketed about so many things -- math, nutrition, art, etc. We're very pleased with the differentiated learning that is happening through the RTI program. We feel confident that he is being challenged, and also that his love of learning is not being hindered. We love that weekly Spanish class starts already in kindergarten, and that he has access to many great after-school programs, including fitness, dance, and chess programs as we feel he's ready for them. We also enjoy having access to the Raz Kids reading program at home, and enjoy hearing that he's learning to build stories through the Writers' Workshop program already. Finally, we're so happy with the group of engaged parents who are working to make so many more things possible at the school, including a campus grounds redevelopment and new after-school programs. We feel lucky that he gets to spend his day in such a beautiful building, and that the children and families he's surrounded by share such a wonderful sense of community.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2013
This is the perfect neighborhood school. The students represent true diversity while the teachers and administration offer best practices, individualized learning and attention, flexibility, compassion, and high academic standards. Regular ed children go to "specials" daily. Not only are the computer, music, Spanish, etc. teachers excellent, but they attend specials with all levels of special ed peers, learning to interact appropriately. If your child has ANY level of learning need, whether it is LD, BD, autism, or bilingual education, this is the school for you. The case manager and administration are some of the most committed, professional, reasonable people you will find in the state much less CPS in terms of dealing with special needs, and the whole faculty is competent and committed to the success of all students - special needs, regular ed, and advanced/gifted alike will flourish here. The school test scores represent an average of all types of learners who are welcome and well served, so some (like one of my children in a self contained classroom) will test in the 30's-40's and remain in special ed for all of K-12, while others test in the 90's and attend an IB program.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2013
Our son was in the autism program for k-8. The education and additional assistance he received was above and beyond. He is now in a very good high school in Chicago and is doing well. This is due to the preparation and care he received at McPherson for a large part. From the Administration down, there was an attitude of caring for the kids no matter their need or background. I was there all the time and saw the wonders that were done and the teachers and staff that went the extra to help their kids. For a look at something, see how well groups in the school like the PTO and LSC are so involved and even more how the Friends of McPherson has really stepped up with parental involvement and support. Note, please that one disgruntled parent below cites petty concerns and the remainder praise the school and poeople.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2013
In my opinion McPherson is the best school in the area. Thinking back 30 years ago, I realize that McPherson was the only school that had ESL at the time. McPherson revolutionized ESL, and Mrs. Radoslaw promoted it very nicely. Mrs. Chase was the best Business Woman/Principal of the time and in my eyes she still is. Mrs. Condon takes the title as the best teacher. SHE PUT UP WITH ME, DIDN'T SHE! Just kidding, great homeroom teacher!

- submitted by a community member

June 24, 2013
I have had 3 children graduate from McPherson, and have one left. This school has been a wonderful learning experience for my children, who we transferred here from a private school. The administration and teachers have always been available to discuss and help to solve problems, and have encouraged my children, who have varying levels of ability, to succeed. After leaving McPherson, I have ahad 2 children go to selectric enrollment high schools, and one in a magnet program, and all have done well academically. The auditorium is certainly old and even somewhat decrepid, but it does not keep the school from putting on musicals, operas, and other performances. With the sever budget cuts from CPS, one often has to choose between education and facilities, and the administration at McPherson has chosen in favor of teachers and programs.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2012
I have two children who attend McPherson who are having wonderful experiences. I had to make a last minute decision on enrollment and am just so happy that this occurred. This is not my area school and came across it accidently. My daughters LOVE going to school and don t want to miss even when they are sick. They have excelled in their classes. The only downfall has been my daughter s first progress report this year. They weren t her usual scores and after communicating with the teacher, it turned out that specific information that should have been taught last year had not been taught by her teacher (who is no longer at McPherson) then. This was a challenge which she has overcome. I feel that McPherson as a whole is awesome! There are wonderful teachers and wonderful volunteers along with other wonderful parents who are just as involved as I am. I would most DEFINITELY recommend this school for other parents.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2012
My children attended this school since pre-school. The teachers are great, except a couple that doesn't teach Science well enough for 5th graders that caused many kids in class almost failed. The administration is lack of communication & customer service skills that hurts me many times. I did mention to the leaders and hope for the change. The Assistant Principal is the Best.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2012
I have a daughter currently ready to start fourth grade who has attended since first. We were apprehensive at first since she had been in private for pre-school and kindergarten. She has continued to excel and has had great teachers here. We have never had any issues with any of the staff and have been impressed with how pleasant and helpful they are. We are also glad to see that students are encouraged to continue to performing and learning above their grade level. They receive the instruction that they need so as not to get bored or overlooked. They also have many events designed to bring the parents/teachers/community together. Very nice.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2011
My son is has been at McPherson since Kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade, reading at a 5th grade reading level. His teachers have been consistently excellent, highly engaged, and focused on giving him opportunities to do extra and more creative work in subjects where he masters the basics quickly. The parents at the school are very friendly and involved and the before/aftercare program is a lifesaver. I am occasionally frustrated by the inconsistencies and poor communication of the administration at the school, but I try to put that aside an focus on the terrific education my son is getting at the neighborhood school two blocks from our home. Yes, you can indeed send your child to public school in Chicago and have a great experience!

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2010
I'm a proud parent of 2 McPherson students. I love how McPherson's entire staff acknowledge the students. For example, when the students walk through the hall ways they're always told "Hello, How are you?" or "Great job!" when they're behaving. They have incredible programs to help students with special needs. My son has a speech impediment and I already see improvement after 2 months of speech therapy. It really does feel like a great big family. The principal Ms. Mendoza, as busy as she is, is always seen in the hallways talking to the students. Ms. Mendoza is very involved with the students and parents. Whenever you need to talk to her, she makes herself available and makes you feel important. She really goes out of her way to make McPherson feel like a home for every student and parent. I highly recommend this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 22, 2010
After concerns with attending a CPS school, we reluctantly took the plunge with McPherson due to the cost (free!) and location near our home in Lincoln Square. We are so glad we did! My daughter's teacher is Dawn McCarthy and her assistant Dina Mentor. We couldn't be more pleased; its been an exceptional experience and we truly feel like we've won the lottery. My daughter has made huge leaps and bounds since she began in September. While the program is definitely play-based, their is a clear academic approach as well. We will consider this school for Kindergarten. The downside is the lack of visability/involvement of the principal and limited Parent involvement that you see in other schools. However, this school is definitely worth considering, especially for this magnificent neighborhood, I'm sure in a few years, it will be on the 'buzz' list. I should also add we love the diversity too.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2009
My daughter was placed here in a special ed program by the district for third grade this year. I have been impressed by this school in so many ways. Teachers are caring and professional, the principal is a strong leader, there is a nice thriving parent community and the emphasis on academics is strong and consistent. We didn't want to leave our old school, but McPherson has won us over!! It is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2009
My daughter is in her first year of preschool. I couldn't of asked for a better teacher. Ms McCarthy is a great teacher. Her and Mrs Mentor make a great team. My daughter loves being in her class. I'm very glad that my daughter will be in her class again next year. I know she'll be ready for kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 24, 2008
My Child is in his second year of Pre-K at McPherson and I have been very impressed with the pre-k program, esp. his teacher Miss McCarthy, who is a true gem. She really cares about each child as an individual and i feel that she 'gets' my child.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2008
My son has completed his 2nd year of preschool here. I am very happy with the attention he has received from both his pre-school teacher and his speech therapist. When he started school he could hardly put sentences together and required speech therapy. His has significantly improved and talks non-stop. This I attribute to his dedicated speech therapist at the school and his preschool teacher. I am very satisfied and plan to send my younger two children there also.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2005
In response to the review stating that 'teachers need to care more'...I believe if they didn't care in the first place, they would not be in their profession. I believe that there are more parents that could use improvement, than teachers. Teachers have to be 'highly - qualified' ... What do parents have to do or be to have a child?

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 14, 2004
I don't know what the person who gave the previous review about teachers needing to care more but I know that there are great teachers here. It is a good school!

- submitted by a teacher

May 24, 2004
I like this school. But the teachers need to be more caring with students not just visitors. A little more teachers couldn't hurt. Over out of a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst and 10 the best) I give this school a six.

- submitted by a student
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McPherson Elementary School
4728 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL  60640
(773) 534-2625
Last modified McPherson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
McPherson Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top