« Back to compare
/ / School Profile

Contact this school

24 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

(773) 534-0866
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Ogden Elementary School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
November 07, 2013
This morning, another mom forwarded the link to this site. I am beyond words that any parent would post negative comments about any teacher WITHOUT first sharing her concerns with that teacher. We have many teachers in our family who work so hard every day. Concerning this teacher at Ogden, we know Ms. L. Our son with special needs had her a few years ago for math, she took it upon herself to teach him to add using tally marks. She did more for our son than the special ed teacher assigned to modify the lessons. Tenured? How about experienced and kind? Is she right out of college and 22 years old, no. Does she know how to work with EVERY student? Yes!! And we have been involved with the school's events but have never made a big donation. How crass? Stick to your concerns, talk to the teacher first and stop the name calling. I hope Ms. L does not see your post. She deserves better. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
For two years, I had an impression that the school doesn't really care what their students experience and learn, but is fully and solely focused on fund raising. My daughter was lucky enough to get accepted by another school, but honestly I would have been so worried if my daughter had to continue at this school. Don't get me wrong. My daughter had so much good time at Ogden, we will miss it. It is just that it is not very promising when you think of sending your kid here for 6~8 years. It is a good looking school, but it might be just that. In my opinion, the school is not the right one if you want your kid to advance and achieve as much as she/he can in her elementary school years.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2012
Great school! I wish I had known about Ogden before spending a fortune paying for private schools for my older kids. My youngest son received a great education at Ogden. Ogden is sort of an unsung gem in the CPS system -- offering a great academic program, a diverse and talented student population, engaged and talented teachers and a strong group of supportive parents. The grade school campus (brand new facility this year) is located in the heart of Chicago's most expensive area and competes with several elite private schools in the area, each with tuition ranging from $25,000 to $30,000 for 2012. Ogden offers an International baccalaureate program for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The program offers an intensive study of english, social studies, laboratory science, mathematics, world language (French, Chinese or Spanish), technology, arts, physical education, library science, and advanced research. Odgen's high school is fairly new, so the class size is much smaller than most of Chicago's public high schools. The curriculum is a solid college preparatory program.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
The quality of teachers is above average. They are demanding and they work hard to push your kids. However, some teachers also play blatant favoritism that appears to benefit "neighborhood" kids vs. kids admitted via the IB/IG program. I notice that although kids admitted through testing have higher ISAT scores, they have lower grades than neighborhood kids. The could be a real problem for 7th grade students whose grades are important for applying for selective enrollment high schools. The principal and some administrative staff are great at raising publicity or funds, moderately successful at managing the staff and faculty but are quite indifferent to the well-being of kids. I had a few very unpleasant dealings with the principal or VP. It took them a long time to respond to my formal (in writing) complaints. They never implemented the resolutions we all agreed upon during the meeting. I have no doubt that they are extremely capably professionals. I do question where their hearts are and whether their successes, i.e. expanding the school, constructing a new building, and constantly traveling abroad, have distracted them from the real goals of education.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
I attend this school as a Sophomore, in the Ogden International Highschool. I LOVE Ogden. It's one of the best schools that you can possibly go too. Besides, the sometimes anger led by another student, we actually all get along with each other at the end of the day. It's a great school if you want your child to go to a small highschool. It's also a really good learning environment, I now have a Gpa of 3.0.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2010
Ogden is good neighborhood school and has a wonderful learning environment for our child. It's our 3rd year at Ogden and we are pleased with the principal and teachers. We have not experienced a problem with the class size (22 - 27).

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
Horrible, below average, no parent involvement, very large classes, low expectations, many children with behavior problems, pretentious parents. I hated everyday at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Great school. The principal is dedicated to the success of teachers and students. Love the environment. My son finished 1st grade. I'm really happy with this school and they had 2 recess whole year round. Highly recommend this school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
I am a Chicago Public Schools alum and a former Chicago Public Schools teacher. I couldn't be happier with Ogden's population and staff. I moved my children from the North Shore and my son went into Kindergarten in the middle of the year. He was welcomed by the teacher and children and never complained about a day. He is finishing 1st grade, reading & writing and expressing himself daily. The reputation of the North Shore schools being better is proven wrong with Ogden.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
Ogden's principal, Ken Staral is dedicated and devoted to the success of this school. Without the support that he gives his teachers, Ogden wouldn't be as unique and wonderful as it is. Our teachers work well over 10 hours a day to make sure that their students get a well rounded education. Everyone at Ogden is committed to what they love to do-teach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
The teachers care about what they teach, and puts forth effort to create an environment that comfortable to learn in.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 10, 2010
Teaches great organizational skills and note taking. Interested in overall education, not just the basics. Also believes in challenging classes and interesting assignments. And, of course, recess!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Great neighborhood school....lots of love

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
The Ogden International School of Chicago is so diverse. The students and their families are from backgrounds from around the world

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
I love this school because it has great teachers and a principal that actually care about the students and not just a pay check. This school offers so many opportunities in arts, music, language etc.. this can't happen if we loose funding. So please vote.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I love Ogden because the organization and comunication between principal, teachers, students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Great committed faculty. wonderfully diverse student body

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Ogden has excellent and challenging programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
We love Ogden, the Principal and teachers are so engaged with the children. Our daughter is in Kindergarten at Ogden. They have so many fun and interesting ways to keep the kids engaged with learning. She can read, write and complete simple math problems. Our daughter has never missed a day school she is so excited to learn new things. We are very happy with Ogden Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
We love Ogden because of the Principal and the educators that are providing our child with a well rounded education. We couldn't be happier with the teachers and staff that keep us up-to-date with the everyday happenings at the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Ogden is really one of the very best schools in the city. The teachers are top-notch, the school community is vibrant, and you will be hard pressed to find a more active and engaged parent support network. We love Ogden!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 07, 2010
I agree TENFOLD with the reviewer from March 4,2010! I couldn't have stated this better myself...I have a child in the second grade, and am beyond disappointed. It is as if the school purposely maintains an atmosphere of mediocrity. If your child is above-average you will watch her/him assimilate into the norm(average). Your stellar student will quite possibly model the subpar behavior and academic ineptitude of peers.There are also some behaviorally disturbed and physically aggressive children who are allowed to slide by for some reason...I think they are a reflection of the community and society at large.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
My son is also 7 and in first grade. Although he is ahead academically, he is challenged in class. His teacher is very invested in her students. I am very involved in the classroom as are several other parents. We have been very pleased with Ogden and its teachers(including Art, Music, and Gym). We hope to continue at Ogeden through the high school years.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
This school is exceptionally outstanding! My daughter loves it here! All the students come from a very high economic background, meaning they all live in the downtown area...which seemed like it would make her hard to connect with but she fits right in! I really want my daughter to attend the Ogden International Highschool seems like a REALLY good school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
It's our neighborhood school, and neighborhood schools are the backbone of our public educational system.

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2009
My son started in this school in the sixth grade after not doing so well in his other school and now he is excellent Im really excited for Ogden international

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2008
Pleasently surprised by Ogden. Energetic, sharp, professional staff. If you live in this district there is no reason to waste your money on a private school

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
I am a parent of a k-grade student & my expectations were limited. I have been pleasantly suprised by the quality of teaching staff & involvement in each student excelling. The introduction of world topics, music, art theatre, holiday significance, problem solving, reading,vocabulary, etc... Is what contributes to the 'well-rounded city education'

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
My son is in K-class at Ogden and we are just amazed at how great his teachers are. He loves going to school and is learning a lot. The teachers and administration staff have been great and one can see how they all care about their students. When I attended their open house I knew right away this is the right school for my child. I heard so many bad things about public schools that I don't go by rumors but use my own judgment. Ogden is a good public school in a great neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
Ogden may be a great deal better than other CPS schools in terms of discipline and order, but it has a long way to go in terms of having consistent quality teaching. There is no ability for teachers to use creative methods or to make learning more interesting-- many teachers rely heavily on worksheets and don't do anything to help students to enjoy learning or express themselves. It is a depressing place- very bleak. Adminstration is kind of high on themselves and their 'wonderful' reputation and seem to think as long as everyone is sitting in their seat and not causing problems, that means it is a quality education.

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2007
I have two children who have attended Ogden for many years. The Principal is amazing, and you can not find a higher quality teaching staff. The school is very well run, safe, and has high standards. The children are expected to exceed, and they do. A truly exceptional public school.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
After school activities are limited to those that cost a LARGE amount of money. Staff is NOT friendly. Other parents are NOT friendly either. We pulled our children from this school and will NOT send them back nor refer anyone else there.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
The staff is very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
Ogden really cares about their students. The teachers at the school are very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: December 15, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Ogden Elementary School
24 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL  60610
(773) 534-0866
Last modified Ogden Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ogden Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top