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.
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