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PK-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 719
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After care: Yes

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3252 North Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60657

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(773) 534-5810
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June 21, 2014
This school is fine as far as CPS goes. I did have a problem with the lack of real science. The "science" teacher deliberately skipped over the chapters that involved climate change and evolution. Neither of these subjects were even touched on in the two years my daughter had her class, which basically consisted of insignificant filler work in place of the standard Illinois science curriculum. This is not a christian school and one would expect real science to be taught.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
this school is excellent! the teachers are fantastic: well educated, creative and kind. my son is learning and is being challenged which is great as he is pretty advanced. could not ask for more. we went to a different school before this year that was in an affluent suburb and Nettelhorst compares amazingly well plus offers diversity and creativity which the other one did not.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
Nettlehorst My grandson is in 1st grade. His teacher sends home e-mails with so many errors. one wonders about her competence. She wrote a title on his workbook: "Show in Tell".

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2012
I don't know who the greatschools troll is that posted the story about the principal, but i'm given to doubt it because (1 she doesn't yell at anyone, as is widely known, 2) i've never seen anyone in that office "yell" at anyone in alomst 10 years, and 3) the poster likely has an axe to grind, as there's no context in the story at all. the greatschools boards (for all schools) seem to be peppered with axe-grinders hoping to get a dig in here and there. anonymity makes the reviews sort of useless (particularly the negative ones), because you can't judge the value of the reviewer in any case.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2012
Fall 2012 I would not send my child here. Day I visited, Principal was yelling at an adult in the office! How rude and unprofessional. I turned around and left.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
Nettelhorst has a great story and is on a great path but the academics are not there yet.. It is a beautiful school with phenomenal grounds right out of a fairy tale book but great paintings not a great school make and until they make academics more rigorous the children will suffer. Smaller class sizes, reduced teaching to the test, greater focus on the quality of education is key. Children are being taught below grade versus above grade. This is unfortunate.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
Having my children at Nettelhorst the past 5 years has been a blessing. The teachers truly care about their development as responsible, caring, educated students. They set positive, high expectations and develop my children to meet those expectations. We have a good partnership and good communication. The administrators take the time to know the students and work with them to resolve conflict and make good choices. Parent involvement is always encouraged. Parents are always welcomed to get involved in school. The community school feeling is evident in that the students never want to go home. As long as everyone continues to work in the best interest of all children, Nettelhorst will remain the best place for my children.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
Move to Oak Lawn, Evanston or Lincoln Park instead, I would not reccommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
I've been a parent at Nettelhorst for 8 years, which is well before it was "fashionable" to go to Nettelhorst. Although I respect the views expressed, I do need to challenge the posts given what I know. 1. The Nettelhorst community is one community. This has been demonstrated many times by the fundraisers we have had for our families that have experienced tragedies and hard times. This has happened for many families in Nettelhorst, many of whom are close friends of mine. 2. Raising money is, unfortunately, a necessity in public schools. The vast majority of the money raised at Nettlehorst goes to providing more teachers as our community values quality teachers as the foundation of a quality education. 3. The vast majority of families at Nettelhorst are working class families that make less than six figure salaries. All families are welcome and our community is always looking for more helping hands. 4. Nettelhorst is one of the few schools where you find parents participating and present in the school from the time it opens, until well after schools ends. Nettelhorst is a participatory school and welcomes everyone who wants to participate in their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
Nettelhorst does not live up to the reviews of this school, they are manufactured by an overzealous parent's co-op's panderings last year to boost a higher rating. The school is disorganized, touts diversity yet is really about higher income bracket parents creating an elitist community where fund raising is the main concern. The fund raising also divides the school into the haves and have nots, creates resentments on the part of those who feel they cannot join in. Unless your family makes a six digit figure every year, stay away, you are not welcome.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
I feel the need to post because I find the 1/7/12 post, obviously from a student, disturbing. I have 2 children at Nettelhorst and am an active parent volunteer. We love this school. To the student I say, please speak with the administrative staff and your parents if you feel you are having difficulty being challenged. Also, it sounds like you feel bullied - and no one should put up with that - make your voice heard!! TALK TO SOME ADULTS AND CHANGE THIS!! To reviewers who have complaints about the "lack" of things at Nettelhorst - you should visit other Chicago Public Schools and get a feel for what they are like - you would change your tune. Nettelhorst, for a CPS, is heads above the rest and it's due to the teachers, administration and parent involvement! Don't knock what helps make Nettelhorst wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
This school is very poor with educating the students. I am a new student at Nettelhorst and the things that they teach me are too easy and not challenging enough. The teachers are very loose and some of them do have a lot of attitude. I strongly say that this school will not be the school to put your kid to success. Not to mention the students here, they are very judging and unpleasant. They are the kids that you don't want your kids to be with and be influenced by. Not learning anything and just having a hard time with bullying- doesn't sound like a great school to me. Also, they don't even have enough lockers for all classes so there is a lot of stealing. (Somebody has stolen 60 dollars from me) I think that this school is just unacceptable and I just wait for the day until I'm in highschool. Please, if you really care about your child then you wouldn't put them in this school.

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2011
I highly recommend this school. I agree that if you want to drop off kids and have minimal involvment, it may not be a great fit. Parents here are engaged, active, driving change and there's always more to do to help. Many parents attended Northshore or private schools themselves and expect a great education. Over the years, I see us roll up our sleeves and make it happen, whether it's a new science lab, partnership with NU for science, a new auditorium, new jungle gyms that first graders wrote letters to get, or funding a teacher or an outdoor classroom. I find it to be a school that our whole family from grandparents to children contribute to making better.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
I sadly have to agree with some of these criticisms. There are some great teachers but it seems the school puts far more energy into good pr than academics. My daughter hardly learned any math or science last year and she is entering 6th grade. The school has some serious issues with the curriculum and teachers that don t seem to get addressed. Just look at the test scores.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
Nettelhorst is a great story about parents, the principal, and teachers coming together to improve their local public school. Nettelhorst is a shining star in the Chicago Public Schools system and it wouldn't be possible without an active parent base and a principal who gives everyone strong direction. Nettelhorst has worked as a community to solve its financial woes. Through fundraising, both from the parents and corporate donations, the school has found creative solutions to reduce class size, add curriculum, and improve the physical structure. Plus, the parents hosted a city-wide symposium to educate other school parents about how to improve their school. Any child is lucky to be a student there. You can feel the buzz when you walk in the building.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
My family has had an excellent experience at Nettelhorst. My son's teachers (kindergarten & 1st grade, plus special ed) have been dedicated, knowledgeable, and go above and beyond to work with us. He is highly motivated by them and has learned so much! The principal is an able administrator and inspired educator, and walks a very difficult fine line between running the school and working well with very involved, assertive parents. There's no doubt that this school has an active fundraising culture and a high profile; but I see that as a positive. The parents' group has raised enough money for an additional teacher to keep class sizes down, completely renovate the auditorium, and create a state-of-the-art science lab. Without fundraising, none of this would be possible, and all of it is academically focused and benefits ALL students at the school. The school isn't perfect; it is odd that a fine and performing arts school doesn't have a full time music teacher, for example. The only reason I can see for any "disappointed" reviews is that expectations were so high to begin with. Nettelhorst has a great reputation, and of course no school is going to be perfect.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
i've been stunned by how good a public school can be. thoughtful, interesting curriculum, a reputation that attracts the best teachers (and after 5 years, i've not had a bad one), and parents who attack any problem that arises. I've had more access to the Principal than I ever thought I would, and I've had LOT of access, so I can only attribute any contrary experience to a lack of outreach effort on the parents behalf. My own child loves the place. As far as I can see, the fundraising has solved a lot of problems and isn't at all unusual for a school in these times. Not every school is right for everyone, but this one is outstanding in my family's eyes and nearly all of the parents I talk to feel the same way. I don't think it's easy to create a great school inside the CPS system, but they've done it.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
My children have been at Nettelhorst for a combined nine years. Every teacher they have had has been excellent. The Principal is very easy to reach and the fundraising is used to reduce class sizes and otherwise improve the school. While no school is perfect for everyone, Nettelhorst is a wonderful place for children to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
I have to agree w/ the review on disappointment. The school is so involved in getting money that they forget about the kids. My children don't even have school books that they can take home. My daughter doesn't even have books, period. They say they are too expensive. I had to buy the workbooks and reference books for my kids. Yet they are constantly fund raising and asking for money???? And they fight silly things like free breakfast - how could this be a bad thing? Or furniture in their hallway - which the Fire Dept told them to remove because it's a fire hazard? Additionally - they have a pretty serious lice problem that they fail to acknowledge. They need to shut down the school and call in a professional lice pest control (and they exist) to clean up the school. Use that money for something that really makes the school a better place. I will say this - the teachers that we have had are great. But - they are no more exceptional than any of the other teachers my kids have had at other CPS schools. And the parent involvement is ridiculously high.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
I have never been as disappointed with a school as I am with Nettelhorst. My daughter and I moved into this neighbourhood specifically for this school. It had great ratings and reviews so we went in with the highest hopes and boy have we been let down. Instead of spending their time and money on things that really matter, teaching the children, they chose to use their resources to manipulate the media to try and attract people who can donate more money to the school. With the exception of two teachers my daughter would have fell through the cracks academically. I've made multiple attempts to meet with the principal throughout the three years we've been here and she refuses to call or email back. When I finally went into the office and demanded to see her I was told I had to make an appointment first by emailing her. However she doesn't answer her emails so its a total catch 22. They claim to be a performing arts school, however they don't offer band or chorus. All after-school activities will cost you about $300 for a six week period. I thought this school cared about teaching children in a nurturing environment but I was wrong. I recommend you look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
There is so much about Nettelhorst that I love. My daughter has attended for 7 years and we have been proud to do our part to work towards the school's transformation. She has loved all of her teachers and has always been very successful academically. The only complaint I have is that I feel the school is losing the diversity and spirit that attracted us years ago. At assemblies the parents of young children stand in front of the auditorium, so they can get photos of their kids while blocking the rest of us, and the ones who don't leave as soon as their child performs speak to one another loudly as the older kids perform. I hope, as the school continues to improve, that parents realize that in order to truly be a "community school," all members need to be shown respect, not just the white affluent families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
the staff is awesome and they are educating my 3 grandchildren

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
My daughter loves this school. We couldn't be happier with her progress this year. She is in K and is reading and writing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
For Kindergarten and first grades the classwork has been well organized. From the art class, I have only seen one piece of artwork from a day of class in nearly two years of our child attending. Jane's Place programs for sometimes free but mostly paid after school classes are fantastic for working parents. Also, a Happy Start program is helpful to working parents. I think the school would benefit greatly from something as simple as having kids practice and become proficient with doing basic and fast math calculations using worksheets and basic reading and writing exercises. The school does provide more abstract thinking but some more focus on the basics at school and for homework would be in order to improve academic skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
Classes are taught with a view toward the world and how to contribute to it in the form of good citizenry and stewardship.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 03, 2010
I've worked at Nettelhorst and other schools before and feel that Nettelhorst provides a great environment for students to learn with friendly, educated and skilled teacher and staff members.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
We are fortunate to be able to be a part of the Nettelhorst community and proud of how well the school is doing

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
I am thrilled that they have teachers who benefit from the great programs offered through Buundless Readers - our kids have made reading and learning a way of life thanks to these well trained teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
It's a great community and there is a vibrant energy in the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
The amazing community that supports us teachers each and every day!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 29, 2010
Nettlehorst is very respectful to persons of all walks-of-life. Every child's success is important.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Nettelhorst is a wonderful school with great parent involvement, great teachers and staff. I'm so happy my grandchildren have the chance to attend a school like this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Nettelhorst has brought the sense of community back

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The teachers are superb at Nettelhorst and the parents are very involved and concerned. It is a wonderful place. We are fortunate to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Nettelhorst is just a great school with wonderful parent, teachers and administrators. It is a public school that runs like a private school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The teachers are so caring and the children are given so much attention and leave feeling productive after attendance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
It is a vibrant school with colorful murals on the walls, an active parent population, and an emphasis on the arts with music, art, and dance classes (but also an emphasis on math and science) and Jane's place classes being taught by local drama, art and music schools and teachers after school ranging from drama, clay art classes, mad science, and fairy tale ballet.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Nettelhorst Elementary School is a terrific school with terrific teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
My kids have been going there for the past five years and loving it.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Dedicated teachers and strong commitment to exceptional education for all the children

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2010
We are part of a progressive, safe, and supportive community at Nettelhorst.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Supportive parents, great kids, amazing teachers and a fantastic atmosphere for learning

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 27, 2010
Committed community, dedicated teachers and staff--all with an eye on developing well-rounded, caring, educated children.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
the community involvement, the beautifully muraled hallways and doors, the dedicated staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The feeling of community and the dedication of the teachers and parents to provide our children with a well rounded experience during their formative years!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I love the effective parent involvement and the committed, caring teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
My child befriend with fantastic kids. At least for girls, they share a lot of their life and concerns with sharp and smart perspectives. Their different paths meet at Nettelhorst and they seem to grow together very well without superfluous pretensions. The social life is well managed by the community they have created. Following Ms Kurland s efforts, is the extraordinary power of teachers who are committed to these kids. The great Ms Rodriguez and Mr Romeo. The power of Math and soccer of Mr Antesberger. The language arts of Holmes. And the great constant solid presence of Mr Soto. This is a place about people and people and people. You got to love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Because of the huge sense of community. It's a fabulous school and I am so lucky my child attendsA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Unmatched parent involvement, commmitted teachers, beautiful school and facilities, great urban neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
My boys love their teachers, and love their school...enough said!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The diversity of the overall community is ideal. The transformation of the school from a inner-city dump to one of the city's premier elementry schools. The pride of the student body and parent group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
It's a great community where the kids get to see real people doing real things that actually help. It's exactly what you hope for them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Great sense of community, the paretns are so involved. Great teachers in K-3.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Our granddaughter is leaning basic social skills as well as learning the three 'R's'.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
My granddaughter is learning basic skills and basic American values while improving her social skills as well.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2010
great vibe. wonderful community working together to help kids thrive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Nettelhorst is a great neighborhood school in the heart of the city. The parents, teachers and administration work together to a common goal. There is a real buzz about the school. Our student test scores continue to improve. There is a great, diverse community at Nettelhorst.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Great environment for kids, parents, and the neighborhood! Everyone wins!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I it the best school in Chicago. The parents are veru involved, the staff is friendly and profesional and the principal is an awsome person!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
We like the other parents that bring their children here. They represent many walks of life and we fell this type of exposure for our students is a great training ground for later in life. It helps to build their perspective of the world in more concrete terms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Nettlehorst is reason enough to stay in the city and send your children to CPS. It's a community school at their best.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 26, 2010
My son is getting a great education with great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Nettelhorst has a great positive vibe. There is a true partnership between the parents and the school. Communication is outstanding. We really enjoy everything about it.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
My brilliant niece attends and she loves it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The outstanding teachers and administrators who offer and support strong academics and diversified extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
The parents and staff are working together as a team to provide the best possible educational environment that stimulates growth for the students in all areas of necessary development...cognitive, social/ emotional, physical. Nettelhorst ROCKS!!! Ms. Nakamura

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 26, 2010
Excellent teachers, lots of great after-school activities, and very strong ties to parents and community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
This school is a gem! My granddaughter is there and she is thriving! Nettelhorst has gone from being one of the worst elementary schools in the city to being one of the best. Well done!

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2010
Great teachers and parents envolvement, a principal that cares

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Nettelhorst is a multiculutural mecca from it students, parents and staff. The environment is one that embraces diversity of every kind yet manages to feel like a home away from home. The teachers and staff are dedicated and the parents are overwhelmingly suportive. The learning environment is one where everychild is expectec to achieve and does just that. I'm proud to be a parent and staff member of Nettelhorst School. Go Stallions!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Nettelhorst has the best learning enviornment for its students. The teachers, staff, and parents all work together to make the school very special. The community contributes as well. I am happy to say that my child is a Nettelhorst student!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love Nettelhorst because of the high community participation and involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love this school because of the strong community and great teachers. My son is so excited to go to school everyday - what could be better than that?

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
This school rocks! The teachers are so dedicated and are absolutely amazing; the parents and kids really care.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Because Nettelhorst offers a broad-based education, emphasizing learning, creativity, personal growth, and appreciation for other cultures.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
This school is a wonderful community of students, teachers and parents. You feel such energy when you walk in the door. I could not be happier about the education my son is receiving or the focus on education that the educators foster at Nettelhorst.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It's a great school and my grandson is getting a good education and loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Great school, parents are very involved wich makes it easier for everybody. Like it a lot. It's our first year and i am pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
You can pretty much do what you'd like as far as activity ideas or fundraising ideas.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It is a tight community of great kids and devoted parents working together to create a rich , supportive environment for learning

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
This is school very integrated to its community and has a great commitment increase the quality of the education that is provided by improving curriculum and teacher quality.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
We are a progressive school that values every child and family! Our community, parents, and faculty are committed to making Nettelhorst the best school in Chicago. Our visual art, after school enrichment, science, hands on approach sets us apart from the rest. There is no other school like Nettelhorst!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Nettelhorst has the most vibrant & supportive school community ever! Teachers, parents, kids, staff and administrators work together to make this school a creative, fun, exciting place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Nettelhorst is a school that is able to expand its resources. Parents, administrators, teachers, students and our neighborhood are willing and able to commit the time and effort needed to create a positive, safe, loving and rigorous learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Great teachers, they really get involve with your kids. Love Nettelhorst!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
It's a great school with wonderful teachers! My kids love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
This neighborhood school has a wonderful community of teachers and parents who work together to truly make it great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Excellent activities, great communication with parents. Very friendly environment and most importantly - kids do learn a lot and they are happy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
I love the diversity and the inclusiveness. I love the teachers and the staff. I love the parents and the kids. It is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
Teachers and parents equally vested in student body success. Great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
Their special education program gets the students involved in all aspects of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Nettlehorst is a wonderful school with caring parents and staff- not to mention the great students. Nettlehorst recognizes the importance of cultivating the whole person and mind through an emphasis on community, the arts, intellect and an atmosphere of fun and joy of learning. I am proud to send my son to Nettlehorst!.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
Great teachers, wonderfull after school program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Teachers who not only teach but support and care for their students, involved parents who want only the best for the kids, and an amazing after school program...a warm and inviting place for any child to learn in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Fabulous teachers, principal and the great sense of community fostered at the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
An amazing community of teachers, administrators, learners, and parents!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 25, 2010
Nettelhorst has to be the most loved elementary school in the city of Chicago. The entire community is vested in the school and the success of its students.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
Nettelhorst is an amazing story. Eight years ago it was a disaster, but today it is one of the most sought after schools in Chicago. This is the story of parents, a community, teachers, and school leadership coming together to make an turn around a possibility. Test scores are soaring and change has been able to make its way to all of the grades.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
There is a diverse population in this school; the parents are very active and resourceful; the environment is welcoming to children (there is recess, for example); the curriculum is sufficiently rigorous.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Nettelhorst is a school where teachers do everything possible to help children learn. The arts are highly valued and time is taken for children to learn deeply, widely, and well.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 25, 2010
This is a wonderful school, with a creative, hard-working staff, a diverse group of talented kids, and an amazing amount of support from our parents and community.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 25, 2010
This is a wonderful school with creative, hard working teachers who work to help the diverse group of students learn. The community and parents are so supportive.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 25, 2010
Warm and Welcoming to my children and parents & determined to educate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
This is a great school to work at. The staff is a hardworking, collaborative, and creative group who always put the students first. The parents are also very supportive and go above and beyond to help make this school the amazing place that it is.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
Devotion to education, diversity, community, great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
In large part I love Nettlehorst because my granddaughter attends. But for many more reasons as well: I love that they are open armed and inclusive - even participating in Chicago's Gay Pride Parade. I love that they have so many after school enrichment opportunities. My daughter is able to walk our grandchild to school each day; Nettlehorst is a neighborhood school in the old sense of the term. They are a true example of what committed parents, teachers, and administrators can accomplish when everyone works together toward a common goal!

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2010
There is no other school like it. Even with a failing system like CPS Nettelhorst's Principal, teachers, staff, and parents remain focused on providing our children with the best possible education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Neighborhood children now walk to school because it's a turnaround success story.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
amazing teachers, principal and parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
This school is so focused on giving a great education to my son that I could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
Excellent opportunities through Jane's Place and a beautiful school. Very diverse and liberal environment. I find this is what draws the parents in, but, I find the academics lacking. I don't believe it is as well rounded as it could be and I think some of the 'up and coming' schools take advantage of the museums or have more passionate staff. Location, environment is beautiful but would love to see more.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
i have twin daughters in the 4th grade, in two different classes. we moved to chicago this summer, which was difficult on them, but the school made a HUGE difference is their adjustment to new surroundings and overall happiness. I agree with some comments that an excessive amount of funds are spent on cosmetics, and that the various committees can feel alienating if you are not a white upper middle class socially connected parent. however i found both of my daughters' teachers to be outstanding in their care and commitment to the students, and in their academic methods. my daughters are reading at an 8th grade level, and are continuously pushed to do their best. in addition the teachers are very aware of the social dynamics of their class, and address any issues promptly, thus promoting caring, warm relationships between children. i am overall very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 21, 2010
A beautiful school -- lots of money has been spent on renovations, upgrades, but the academics are lacking beyond the primary level. Social Studies and Science are barely taught at all and students do not get adequate writing instruction.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
Nettelhorst is a school that has shown me a promising future for my son, who is an 8th grader of high acheivement. This is a school true to its motto of high expectation for all its students. Equal compassion and discipline are given to each student ,this is noteworthy to me as an African-American parent.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
Nettelhorst is not the school that I believed it was after taking the tour. As far as I can tell the parents group is well meaning but doesn't understand that money towards cosmetic upgrades and equipment does NOT equal good education. My child is in a first grade class with 32 kids and a very traditional teacher. There is NO real differentiated learning going on. This is supposed to be a performing arts school, but music was cut this year and all I've ever seen from art class is crayon on paper. Oh, and yes there is recess every day, but new rule: no running except on specific lines painted on the black top! Don't believe the hype!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
I am beyond happy with this school so far. My daughter is in kindergarten. She has a terrific teacher and has already learned so much in just eight weeks at the school. The programs and options available after school are excellent as well. I couldn't dream of a better learning environment for my child.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
I moved to the neighborhood with high hopes of my children attending this school. I am very unhappy with the this school. The new principal Cindy is lovely, yet the Parent's Coop (this schools version of PTA) is impossible to work with. The main concern is fundraising for cosmetic renovations ( overpriced 100,000 plus dollar auditorium, expensive gym donated, soundproofing the cafeteria) than actual educational purchases. Seems to be a case of if we look good we are good is the general train of thought. This is not the fault of the faculty but the parents in charge. Imput is not accepted, nor is the school very welcoming. This will be our last year.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2009
Too much hype!!! The school is very disorganized, the classes below 5th grade are WAY overcrowded, the principal is impossible to get in touch with, and the overall communication between the adminisration and families needs alot of work. We were very disappointed after four years and have pulled our children out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 05, 2009
Committed teachers, principal, parents... it is a dream school. I have paid for private education and it does not come close to the education my children are receiving at Nettelhorst. My children's teachers (first and third) not only taught academics but instilled desirable character traits. I am beyond grateful my children are in good hands!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
I could not be happier with the teacher quality at Nettelhorst. I have a daughter in third grade and son in first grade and I do not think the school is overrated by any means. If you have an issue you can talk to the teacher, who always listen and try to meet everyone needs. Nettelhorst has a great group of teachers, at least in k-3.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
My son is in kindergarten at Nettelhorst. He is reading and writing and we are amazed with his progress since he started last fall. We are thrilled with the school. The teachers, principal, and parent community are wonderful and welcoming. The after school program is amazing. Nettelhorst has a wonderful program and is concerned about building a child's character as well as education.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 20, 2008
I love this school! my daughter is in second grade and I couldn't be happier. I cannot wait to meet her third grade teacher, both 3rd grade teachers are dedicated and amazing from what I hear. This is a school where you truly feel luck to be a part of, the staff welcomes you and the principal sends week a letter, 'friday news', which informs parents of everything that is happpening in the school. I am moving, but I will commute to ensure that my daughter continues to attend this amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
I grew up in the neighborhood and had friends who attended Nettelhorst. My son is now in Kindergarten at Nettelhorst. The school has made a 180 turn around since my friends went there, the principal the teachers all the volunteers and parents are committed to making Nettelhorst the best school. We are very happy our son goes there and so is he.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
Nettelhorst is the best chicago public school my child has attended. It meets all of her academic and extracuricular activities. I live in the city by not near the school . My daughter is very happy with her principal, teachers, and classmates. My commute is well worth it. Job well done. Bravo. I give Nettelhorst 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
Nettelhorst is the best of the best. Not only are test scores sky rocketing, but the kids are all very happy to be there. It is a beautiful school that feels more like a private school then the urban public school that it is. I would chose Nettelhorst over all the expensive private schools in Chicago. My child is getting a better education here. We are so very lucky to be a part of the magic that is The Nettelhorst School

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2006
Nettelhorst lives up to the hype. It s hard to imagine a public school that has traveled as far and as fast as this little school. My kids have been going to Nettelhorst for three years now. We have ridden some rocky waves along the way, but all schools have things that could be improved; one of the nice things about Nettelhorst is that the principal has really empowered the parents to help solve problems. I would put my kids education (including the academic part) up to any school in the country, both public and private. The Nettelhorst community is vibrant, dynamic, and welcoming. I recommend the school highly.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
no rating March 24, 2006
Parents have done amazing things with the interior of this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
This school has interesting activities, but I think the people involved with making the changes care more about gimmicks like cafe tables and bathtub reading spaces than curriculum improvements.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2006
With huge parent participation, a wonderful principal and staff and many extra programs from which to choose the school is fantastic! My friends daughter has been at school in Oak Park and transferred here in third grade she says she is learning more now than she was in the suburban school. The school is very open encouraging parents to show up at any time to help out or observe in a class.

- submitted by a administrator
March 21, 2006
This is a great school for the arts, and some encouraging new test scores give me hope that it really is a 'rising star' school.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
Great teachers overall. A beautiful school.

- submitted by a teacher
January 25, 2006
My 11 year old son went to Nettelhortst in 2005, without knowing a word in English. He met there excellent teachers and stimulating environment. I am really satisfied by the way he was encouraged to work hard and by the way he was rewarded for his success. He gained more confidence in himself, became more responsible and ambitious. I really believe that with the collective efforts of parents, teachers and administrators Nettelhorst is on it's way of becoming one of the finest public elementary schools in the city.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2006
my kids and i love the overall appearance of the school...very welcoming and fun. there is always a great afterschool activity from which to choose that encourages the arts, music and sports...we love the school!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
I think this school has a lot of potential. My daughter is happy in the tuition-based preschool program, but I have to say overall the school seems disorganized. I do like the extra activities on-site as well as the option for after care.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
Nettlehorst is an up and coming elementary school in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Not much to look at on the outside, it is a mosaic of art and paintings inside. Much of it's recent resurgance can be credited to the principal, Dr. Susan Kurland, and her cooperation with the very active and progressive Parent's Coop. Together, they have successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods and services from the bustling neighborhood retailers. The teachers are compassionate and demanding and do their best with the limits of the Chicago Public Schools system. Nettelhorst is one of, if not the most, mentioned public schools in Chicago.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2005
This is our daughter's second year at Nettelhorst. She was sooo excited to start school again and eagerly looked forward to seeing her classmates & wonderful teacher. The parent involvement seems to be on the rise and I saw a lot work in progress the first week of school. The school is now a fine arts/performing arts school. We're very happy with Nettelhorst, it always seems to strive for more.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
Nettelhorst is such a jem--we're so lucky to have it in our neighborhood. We felt from minute one that this was a school and community that our children would thrive in--and we were right. The principal and all the teachers we've come in contact with are fantastic--very focused on making this school the most successful elementary school in Chicago. We have a kindergardener and a pre-schooler in the school and they absolutely love it. The after-school program (Jane's Place) is fantastic. Our kindergardener is in something every day and our preschooler takes one after-school class as well. Can't say enough good stuff about this place.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
I've been volunteering at Nettelhorst for the past 2 years and it never ceases to amaze me the wonderful staff that is there. The teachers are top-notch, the principal is wonderful - my daughter loves her, and the office staff is friendly and inviting. I love the community center in the school and think the classes there are terrific. I'm excited for my daughter to start school at Nettelhorst!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
My son is of a diverse background. His family is German, Black, Polish, and Hispanic and I proud that there is a place in Chicago that allows him to learn in an atmosphere he is comfortable and accepted. Nettelhorst is a perfect example of what a real chicagoland elementry school should look like; the staff and student population is diverse, the teaching methods are innovative and imaginative, communication between students, teachers, and parents are encouraged and accepted. Nettelhorst is a beautiful school celebrating the diversity of teaching,learning and of its students - I am happy to have my son enrolled in this institution and it is my hope that it continues to be a leader for its students and the community.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
We looked at the private pre-k options in the city, and we really disappointed with the physical space of classrooms that were offered (small, old, dark, etc.) Nettelhorst has big, open, airy classrooms, fabulous artwork and a variety of unique items adorning the hallways (globes hanging from the ceilings) with fresh paint everywhere. In addition to the great classrooms, the pre-k has access to a huge gym, art class space and there are opportunities to sign up for extra classes after school, like ballet and language to name a few. The pre-k is every day, and the tuition based can be a longer day for kids whose parents work. Having that flexibility for our child to stay there a longer day has really been helpful, and she enjoys staying late so there is no parental guilt! Great things are happening at this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2004
My son was in the State Pre-K program at Nettelhorst for two years and will be staying on for Kindergarten next year. I can't say enough about Nettelhorst. As an early childhood educator for over seven years I am thrilled with the quality of the instruction and the support of the principal for excellence in the classroom. There is a commitment by the staff to create a warm, caring and welcoming learning community where all children can learn and be successful. Parents play an important role at Nettelhorst and this involvement is encouraged by the teachers and the Principal, Dr. Susan Kurland. There is a strong committment to the arts and the afterschool program, Jane's Palce at Nettelhorst, enhances the curriculum in many ways as well as provides a place for children to appreciate and participate in the arts at the end of a wonderful school day.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2004
The Nettelhorst School is an amazing place. When you walk in the front door, you feel it in your gut. These parents have figured out how to fix the whole Chicago school mess. Really inspirational. Thank goodness! Stuart

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
This is a place where children want to be. My third grader is in the after school program and I can barely get her out by 6:00.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
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Nettelhorst will be offering tours of the school the LAST Tuesday of every month, beginning at 9:30 am. The school continues to offer community Story Time and Open Gym Playtime every Tuesday morning. Please see our website www.nettelhorst.org to confirm tour dates, times, and Jane's Place programing. Take a virtual tour of Nettelhorst on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZr6BYJSGc. For the whole back-story, check out How to Walk to School: Blueprint of a Neighborhood School Renaissance; www.howtowalktoschool.com

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Nettelhorst Elementary School
3252 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL  60657
(773) 534-5810
Last modified Nettelhorst Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nettelhorst Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 150 reviews. Top