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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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