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PK-8
Public district
Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 359
 

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5900 North Nina Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

(773) 534-1198
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October 01, 2014
this school has everything I wanted for my son, teachers are great, parents are friendly and involved most of all my son is being challenge !!!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
I agree that the student growth scores for math on the NWEA MAP test for Norwood Park are worrisome (cps.edu). But this is a new test and I've heard from the administration at the principal's coffee and the LSC meetings that improving the math program is a top priority. Let's hope that rings true. It's sad that so many families feel no sense of community and a lack of culture and climate, but we're all in this together. We all chose Norwood Park and now is the time to work together as a team (both parents and admin) to make it the great school that I've heard so much about. There were five parents at the last LSC meeting, all from the same 1st grade class. Let's show up and show we care about making sure Norwood Park is on track for improvement and not more decline. Complaining about how much it's gone downhill won't get us anywhere. Getting involved and creating a real sense of community can only help.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
We love Norwood Park school! The class sizes are small and there is a steady stream of communication between the school and families. One thing they could improve would be the price of the after school program. It is a nice program but way too expensive.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
I love Norwood Park. It has been my home school and neighborhood for over 15 years. Please DON'T trust these reviews. Go to CPS.EDU and search for Norwood Park there. You will then see for yourself on the School's Progress Report that scores are plummeting (also evaluate cut scores from other neighboring schools that NP has been compared to for decades like Edgebrook and Oriole Park). The school's Culture and Climate are substandard (compared to other neighboring schools as well) and that is a DIRECT survey done by parents during report card pick up and not by plants. In other words, not the same handful of people (including senior office administration) hiding behind multiple aliases leaving reviews on this site to cover up what is really going on by trying to increase ratings on this site by scoring it high. It is pure deception which is why I am referring readers to the other site that can't be manipulated by interested parties. BTW your ploy doesn't fool me or a lot of the other parents that have been around for a lot longer than you!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
We are very happy with NPS and even we are family from outside of the boundary, NPS wasn't our rescue school. We go in to famous magnet school and still choose NPS over the other school because of the quality of education that NPS offer. To previous poster, if you are so unhappy with NPS just leave. There is plenty people who will be appreciate if they will have an extra chance to get to this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
Norwood Park Elementary has been a terrific school for our son. We have been given wonderful attention and support from the moment we walked in. Our son has autism and the school has done tremendous work to accommodate his needs, craft an education plan that works for him and create a support network within the school. His teacher and the school's staff have been exemplary. Our son has made great progress and we feel the school has done a wonderful job to support us as a family. In addition to the outstanding staff, the school building itself has always been very nice and well-maintained, it is not overcrowded and there is a lovely sense of community. We are so pleased to have him in this school. It is a shining example of caring, nurturing public education.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
I m sure these reviewers coming from out of the area love NP. They were rescued from their own neighborhood school. But beware, plummeting MATH scores, an OVER RELIANCE on computer programs at home to teach, and an UNWELCOMING attitude if you bring up something you don t agree with abound at this place! Someone wrote someone needed to be dropped and good for NP ?! How very sad for this bullying philosophy. How about actually taking other people s opinions in consideration? Also, whoever wrote about arrests in Chicago and safety of this school vs other schools in the city has got to be kidding! If that is where you set your bar for your kids school and that s what makes you happy then NP must be a utopia, but I have higher expectations for how my child is EDUCATED and TAUGHT. I can say this place falls WAY below my bar and many others I know. And I m not talking about singing songs in Kindergarten. The review about kids in high school not being prepared is spot on.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
I am so thankful for the computer work the students do at home to reinforce what they are learning at school as well as chart the students' progress!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
My boy is also in Kindergarten. We live out of the district. My boy had his first birthday party and everyone was very kind. Truth is NP is an excellent school with excellent leadership, teaching and scores. More importantly, it is SAFE! Think about safety in this city today. This school only had one suspension last year. Zero arrests. Compare that to other schools. If you look at some of the earlier negative comments on this website, they are suspiciously made back to back and focused on attacking the administration. My guess is that someone that needed to get to be dropped, a parent or a teacher, was dropped. I say good for NP.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
My child attends Norwood Park as an out-of-area student and we are thrilled with it so far. His kindergarten teacher is a real pro who has the kids busy playing, reading, dancing, singing...you name it. They are learning and having fun doing it. My son has Spanish twice per week, along with music, P.E., and library. In response to a comment I just read here - no has ever made us feel unwelcome for not living in the neighborhood. We have been to a lot of school events this year and the other families have all been friendly and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
My son has had a fantastic experience at Norwood. The class sizes are small and the children really get one-on-one attention. The PTA is active and always planning fun activities for families. There is an excellent aftercare program provided by the Leaning Tower YMCA. We are very happy with the school and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
Norwood Park School has become the most ideal school that I could ever have the honor of sending my child to. The community, teachers, and administrative leadership work together in making this school a top school in Chicago. I like the emphasis on the social curriculum and the emphasis on organization. I am surprised to see the negative comments from parents. School is a huge part of a child s sense of community. We as parents need to work together and be involved in our children s school. This responsibility should not only be on the faculty. Family and parents should also be involved and work together to achieve a common goal, which is the success of our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I transferred my child out of Norwood Park. We were accepted to Norwood as an out of district family, meaning my child was filling in an extra seat in the classroom but we did not live in the school boundaries (although not far). I was reminded constantly by the parents that I was an put of district family and I was taking resources from the school. My child was picked on by the other children and made to feel different because my child was out of district. When I addressed my concerns with the principal I was told that I would have to speak up to the parents myself to try to change the admitted unhealthy culture, and this was with the principal knowing about not only verbal but physical situations my child was involved in. Norwoood has the resources to be a great school however, if you are not from the neighborhood you are not welcomed. I had to chose between the academics and the mental safety for my child and I chose the latter and we transferred to a different school. If I felt any kind of support from the staff on a willingness to work on the unhealthy culture I might have stayed. After 3 weeks of school we are much happier at our new school.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
I love Norwood Park School. We have a great community of parents who will do whatever necessary to assist teachers and other students. Parents are kind and friendly and supportive. My kids have made great friends here. Kids come from great families so they are learning and working hard at home and school. I like the emphasis the school has put on helping kids get organized as this will make a difference as they advance their education. The teachers are awesome!! They do a great job with my children and communicate effectively whenever there is a problem. They are true professionals and take their job very seriously. I am grateful that our children attend NPS.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
As the parent of a recent graduate, I'm thrilled to be out of NPS. My child is in no way prepared for high school. Circle time in middle school? Come on! Hopeful that the LSC will step up and realize they are the principal's boss and require exceptional performance from the principal.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2013
Norwood Park is an amazing school. The teachers are top notch educators who challenge my chlld and provide me with a wealth of infomation about my chlld academic and social performance. The principal and assistant principal are accessible to students and parents. My child is thriving at Norwood and we are looking forward to 1st grade. I am an involved parent. I attend meetings at the school so that I am informed. I do not listen to playground gossip, if I have a question I call the principal or assistant principal and ask. I have never had a problem with communication from the school, but I am proactive. I know for a fact that there is music and art at this school as I attend meetings. I feel that Norwood Park is a school that is making progress and I am proud to send my child there. I would love to hear from more parents who are thrilled that their child is enrolled at Norwood- I know you are out there. Speak up -have some pride in your school!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
No art. No music. No technology teacher. No librarian. All the kids do is test, test, test. Some teachers are compassionate and friendly. Administration is not responsive and not empathetic to kids. Too much turmoil with staff and administration and parents. Not a fun place for kids or teachers.

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2012
I do so hope it's like Prescott. Their numbers keep going up and up and up and up...If you don't like it you should leave. Your negativity helps no one.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
State of the school? The population has decreased dramatically in size due to parents leaving and pulling their children out. Below grade level on a newly introduced assessment to the school that had never been given previously. Miraculously, almost all of the students gained two plus years in less than a school year. The beloved principal supported a wonderful staff instead of running them out. Bullying, intimidation, and self absorbtion is not integrity.

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2012
Norwood Park School WAS an excellent/wonderful/amazing school. With the recent mass exodus of teachers, administration, students, and families moving out of the neighborhood because of the decisions of principal, I have to wonder if some of these other reviews are from people wearing rose colored glasses or from the principal herself. Change is fine but there is rarely success in turnover just more turnover. She has proven that she can fire and torment people until they leave, but she has yet to prove that she can retain a great teacher. I wish we had a principal that cared more about children, than advancing her own career.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
Since the new principal has come to Norwaood Park Elementary the atmosphere at the school is not the same. My youngest child is starting third grade in a school that is no longer the "great neighborhood school" that it had been for the past 10 years that I have had children there. Private schools are starting to look like a better option although I hate to do that to my third grader who had great experiences with the first and second grade teachers (who are no longer there). It may just be better in the long run. I sure hope that CPS board members take notice and see that teachers make the biggest impact on children and when a principal can't make decisions that are in the best interest of the kids, then the whole school/community suffers.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
This used to be an amazing school with amazing teacher and an amazing principal. All of my children have attended Norwood Park until this year. I am saddened at the changes happening at Norwood Park. It used to be a family centered school where the principal took an interest in all of the children and supported his teachers while keeping high expectations. However, my children say the new principal does not know even know their names. Almost the entire staff has left. What a tragedy.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2012
I drove pass the school today. My first impression, what beautiful plants surround the school grounds. I am a gardener. It looked like a miniature college campus. Change is good when you support change for progressive education. Traditional education must also be taken into consideration., "If it is not broken, it does not need fixing!" Both progressive and traditional education must be embraced by the community, principal leadership, teachers and students. We want students to embrace change. Change occurs all the time in their lives, from a baby to adult , moving from one grade level to another, from elementary to high school, from high school to college. We all need to support change, support the principal, support the parents and teachers, and especially support the students as they transition their school life with a new pricnipal or new teacher!!

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2012
Before parents start tearing down our school and our Principal they should make an effort to become informed. Though NPS is a good school we are not #1 in CPS. In fact we didn't even make the top 50 in the Chicago Tribiune 2011 Top 50 Elementary Schools. How is that you have any idea what is going on in that building between teachers and the Principal? Were you included in their private personnel discussion? Have you been asked by the Principal to help her run the school? Have you even questioned the inappropriateness of that teacher crying to the children in her class using them to outrage you? Are you not outraged by the rumors that fly around our community by people in and outside the building that have no basis in fact and impact our kids? When did the adults become more important than our children?

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2012
I have just been notified by my 5th grade child (who was in tears) that her teacher has been fired. How unprofessional of the principal (shame on you) to notify teachers with a letter during school hours. Not just that, how dare you ruin the structure of the #1 CPS Elementary school. Are we going to be surprised that our middle school children are no longer coming, you don't note 6-8 in your letter on your page. I've never loved any teachers more than at NPS and wish you could let us know what is going on because this affects our children. You come in and revamp the entire structure of the school??? Not a good way to start your first year

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
This school is not going ahead in a good direction. Special ed in the middle grades is not good. I dont think my child has learned a thing this year.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
They are not tolerant of other ethnicity nor special needs children. My son was ostracized and continually labeled a bad kid namely by the principal when they were suppose to be supportive and trying to work with him via his IEP plan. He's autistic on top of having 4 other disabilities and they were not understanding at all, they just wanted to be rid of him. Thankfully I was able to find a special needs school that truly worked with him and he has made it to his high school sophmore year.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
Wonderful school! Great staff and teachers. New principal is (so far) maintaining standards of excellence set by former principal. Very lucky to have this gem of a school in CPS system. The school is not a year behind in its curriculum (see review below). Only downside is parental infighting. A new group of parents has displaced another parent group. Unfortunately the new group is beginning to show signs of becoming like their predecessors. It's shameful behavior from both sides. Fortunately this problem is not affecting the children and their grade school experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
The school''s curiculum is still a year behind private and suburban public schools. As far as being out of touch, you are excluded unless you donate substantially to the 'foundation.' A large donation amount is is also a ticket for special treatment. It can also be a free pass for kids that would be expelled anywhere else for their behavior! cps, open your eyes and take a look at nps!

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June 09, 2009
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May 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
The negative reviewers are clearly out of touch with what is going on at this school. As a parent and an educator this school by far exceeds a typical elementary school. This school utilizes it's fund raising dollars in a exemplary way that benfits the students and teachers on a daily basis. The resources and programs available at this school are completely unlike any other Chicago Public School. The children are engaged in their learning and have acess to technology, fine arts programs and P.E. as early as pre-kindergarten. The one and only problem is that only 60% of this school's families participated in the annual appeal. This money is crucial in estabilshing and maintaining programs that funding from CPS alone would not allow. A message to those who reviewed this school negatively: Come out to see what's happening at NPS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2008
Norwood Park is a great school, it has great teachers and a fantastic Principal. We love it. Jim, Anna & Christine Cornwall

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
The school has deteriorated over the past few years.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
My two daughters are in grades 4 and 6 at Norwood this year. I am extremely happy with the school. My children love the kids, the teachers and the principal. They have been challenged and have grown this year under the leadership of Norwood Park. I would highly recommend this school to anyone! The teachers are helpful, and even though the class size is large, this school proves that it is not the size of the class, but the control of the class that allows for teaching! Great Teachers! Great kids! Great parents! Great school!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
I have one child attending Norwood. I am not happy with the curriculum. As far as parent involvement inside the classroom I don't feel welcomed to do so. Remember-Just because a school is located in a high priced real estate area, that doesn't automatically make it a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
Our children are just beginning their school experiences. This school seems exceptional and we are so pleased with every aspect of the school so far. I have heard about and seen many great teaching approaches being utilized in this school. Many dedicated and good teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
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Norwood Park Elementary School
5900 North Nina Avenue, Chicago, IL  60631
(773) 534-1198
Last modified Norwood Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Norwood Park Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top